FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2020
STEPHENVILLE, Texas —Tarleton State University and the Burleson ISD have agreed to a partnership designed to lend a hand to BISD seniors who want a college education.
The Burleson ISD and Tarleton leaders finalized an arrangement offering guaranteed admission and annual scholarships for the top 25 percent of the district’s high school graduates beginning with the 2020-21 academic year.
As part of the agreement, called 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.
“Our reputation for student focus and big-effect undergraduate research is growing,” said Tarleton President James Hurley. “With that comes our ability to attract high school seniors who want more than classroom knowledge. They want know-how. This collaboration aligns with our mission to provide a high-quality experience to students in our own backyard.”
Tarleton is developing similar agreements with other school districts in the region.
“As BISD pursues student opportunities for higher education, we appreciate the partnership and the opportunities Tarleton provides for Burleson graduates to pursue their college degree,” said Dr. Bret Jimerson, the district superintendent.
“Each year, Tarleton is a top school selected by our BISD graduates. This partnership simplifies the acceptance process and alleviates the stress that can accompany taking the next step to pursue higher education.”
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 13,000 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