Tarleton, Johnson City ISD Sign Pact for Admission, Scholarships


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, Tarleton State University will provide annual scholarships and guarantee admission to Johnson City High School seniors who graduate in the top quarter of their class.

The Johnson City Independent School District and Tarleton leaders finalized the agreement with a memorandum signed at the Dec. 3 meeting of the ISD’s board of trustees.

As part of the Distinguished High School Partnership, Tarleton will waive ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) requirements for students in the top 25 percent of their class and application fees for students who qualify.

“We firmly believe that students in the top 25 percent at Johnson City High School are prepared to succeed,” said Tarleton President James Hurley. “This partnership allows them guaranteed admission and is the next step in strengthening our relationship with Johnson City ISD to provide a high-quality university experience to students in our region.”

Tarleton is developing similar agreements with other Texas school districts.

“We are excited and grateful for the partnership recently created with Tarleton State University,” said Richard Kolek, Johnson City Superintendent. “This partnership offers additional opportunities for our graduating students and increases their access to higher education.  The automatic acceptance will be a game changer for many of our students.

“In addition, the close relationship between JCISD and Tarleton will create a seamless communication stream for available scholarships, as well as financial aid and admission support. We look forward to extending these opportunities to our students.”

The President’s 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 scholarship funds. Students graduating from one of Tarleton’s Distinguished High School Partners will receive an additional $500 or $1,000 in the guaranteed award level. 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 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.

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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.