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Friday, February 26, 2021
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The Ferris Independent School District and Tarleton State University agreed recently to a plan to help FISD seniors get their college education.
The Ferris ISD Board of Trustees and Tarleton leaders finalized an arrangement offering guaranteed admission and annual scholarships for the top 25 percent of Ferris High School graduates beginning with the 2021-22 academic year.
As part of the Distinguished High School Partnership, Tarleton also will waive ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) requirements for students in the top quarter of their class and application fees for students who qualify.
“This collaboration aligns with our mission to provide a high-quality experience to students in our own backyard,” said Tarleton President James Hurley. “Our reputation for student focus and big-effect undergraduate research is growing. With that comes our ability to attract high school seniors who will become game changers.”
Tarleton is developing similar agreements with other school districts in the region.
“FISD is committed to providing our students with post-high school opportunities to further their education and prepare for careers in a dynamic workforce,” said Ferris Superintendent James Hartman. “This partnership with Tarleton State University furthers that commitment by securing additional scholarship funding for FHS graduates as they enter the historic campus at Tarleton and access the broad array of opportunities it affords as part of The Texas A&M University System.”
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 will receive an additional $500 or $1,000. Admitted freshmen must submit a general scholarship application to determine eligibility.
Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 14,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.
Contact: Phil Riddle