Tarleton, Gatesville ISD agreement to help graduating seniors


Friday, April 24, 2020

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — A Monday agreement makes getting a Tarleton State University education easier for top graduates at Gatesville High School.

The Gatesville Independent School District and Tarleton leaders finalized a memorandum of understanding April 20 offering annual scholarships and guaranteed admission for the top 25 percent of GHS graduates beginning with the 2020-21 academic year.

As part of the program, called the Distinguished High School Partnership, Tarleton 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.

“Gatesville 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.

“Gatesville ISD is very excited to partner with Tarleton State University through the Distinguished High School Partnership,” said Gatesville ISD Superintendent Barrett Pollard. “The additional scholarship dollars now available to our students will be extremely helpful in funding their college education. On behalf of all of the students, parents and staff at GISD, we are deeply appreciative.”

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.

For more information on GAP, go to www.tarletonstate.us/gap. To learn how to become a Tarleton Texan, visit www.tarleton.edu/becomeatexan/index.html.

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.

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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.