Keller ISD joins Tarleton in Distinguished High School Partnership


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Keller Independent School District seniors could find it easier to obtain a college education after Tarleton State University and KISD trustees signed an agreement to benefit the school’s top graduates.

The Keller ISD Board of Trustees and Tarleton leaders finalized a memorandum of understanding March 23 offering annual scholarships and guaranteed admission for the top 25 percent of KHS graduates beginning with the 2020-21 academic year.

As part of the agreement, called the Distinguished High School Partnership, Tarleton will also 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.

“Keller graduates are destined to be leaders, and we have a social and economic responsibility to invest in their future,” said Tarleton President James L. Hurley. “This partnership aligns with our mission to be a first-choice institution for regional high school seniors.”

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

“We are so proud to partner with Tarleton State on this outstanding program for our students,” said Dr. Rick Westfall, Keller ISD superintendent. “Whether it’s opportunities for automatic admission or scholarships to cover tuition expenses, this partnership opens doors and represents a positive step forward for Keller ISD students.”

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.

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A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.