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President's Guaranteed Award Program (GAP)

The President’s Guaranteed Award Program (GAP) aligns with the 120-year vision of Tarleton’s founder and benefactor to provide a high-quality university education to students who otherwise might not have the chance. Tarleton State University will guarantee scholarship levels to entering first-time freshmen who graduate in the top 25 percent of their high school class.

Guaranteed Award Program Requirements

In order to be considered for the President's Guaranteed Award program you must complete your General Scholarships Application and submit your SAT/ACT scores. Awards will be divided between fall and spring semesters based on full-time enrollment and be renewable ​for up to 4 years with satisfactory academic progress. 

Students graduating in the top 10% of their high school class will be guaranteed at an annual level between $2,000 and $4,000 depending upon their test scores. Students graduating in the top 25% (but not top 10%) of their high school class will be guaranteed at an annual level between $1,000 and $2,000 depending on their test scores, as indicated in the table below.

Guaranteed Awards

SAT or ACT Top 10% Top 25% (not top 10%)
1300+ or 28+ $4,000 $2,000
1100+ or 22+ $3,000 $1,500
Submitted Scores $2,000 $1,000
No Scores Submitted $2,000 $1,000

*Students graduating in the top 25% of their class from one of Tarleton's Distinguished High School partners will be guaranteed at an annual level between $1,500 and $5,000 depending on class rank and test scores. The partnership program formalizes the commitment that Tarleton shares with area high schools to help students earn a university degree. 

Steps to Confirm Your Eligibility

 Submit Your Admission Application

  • Complete ApplyTexas online application
  • $50 application fee or submit fee waiver proof to 
  • Submit official high school transcript
  • Submit official SAT or ACT test scores (must be sent from testing agency)

Submit Your Scholarship Application

  • Apply for Tarleton scholarships  
  • Official transcripts and test scores (SAT or ACT) are required in order to be eligible for scholarships
  • The Fall 2021 Scholarship Priority Deadline is on Friday, February 15. If you apply after February 15, you will still be eligible for the President's Guaranteed Award Program 


What if I don't have a high school rank?
A: Alternate information (primarily but not necessarily exclusively, high school GPA) will be utilized to determine the annual guarantee level.

Will these awards be renewable?
A: The awards can be renewed for up to 4 years.

What if I don't apply by the Scholarship Priority Deadline (February 15)?
A: Students submitting the scholarships application after the February 15 deadline will be eligible as funding allows. It is in the student's best interest to apply as soon as possible. 

Will this be the only money I can receive for scholarships?
A: You can receive other scholarships and might qualify for more than the guaranteed amount. The guaranteed amounts can be funded partially or completely by institutional and/or endowment funds.

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