Agreement between Tarleton, Joshua ISD provides scholarships to top grads


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The top 25 percent of the graduating class at Joshua High School has scholarship opportunities and guaranteed admission thanks to an agreement announced Monday night.

Tarleton State University and JISD joined forces to provide annual scholarships and admission to Joshua’s top graduates.

“We’re very excited to partner with Joshua High School to ensure that some of the best and most intelligent students in Texas have the opportunity to pursue their dream for a university degree,” said Tarleton President James L. Hurley. “This partnership aligns with our commitment to become a first-choice institution for regional high school seniors and the vision of Joshua ISD to be a highly acclaimed model of educational excellence. Together we are investing in the success and well-being of today’s students, destined to be tomorrow’s leaders.”

The Distinguished High School Partnership program goes into effect with the 2020-21 school year. The agreement also means American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) requirements will be waived for Joshua students in the top quarter of their class, as will application fees for students who qualify.

Tarleton is developing similar agreements with other school districts in the region.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our students,” said Joshua ISD Superintendent Fran Marek. “This partnership will allow for a large percentage of our Joshua ISD students to have automatic acceptance to an outstanding university.

“We are very proud and happy to be partners with Tarleton State University as we work together to prepare our students to be highly productive citizens.”

The Guaranteed Award Program (GAP) assures first-time-in-college students graduating in the top quarter of their high school class between $1,000 and $4,000 in scholarships. Students graduating from one of Tarleton’s Distinguished High School Partners, now including Bridgeport High School, will receive an additional $500 or $1,000. Admitted freshmen must submit a general scholarship application to determine eligibility.

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