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Tarleton, Killeen ISD Collaborate on Scholarships, Admissions


Monday, March 1, 2021

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, Tarleton State University will provide annual scholarships and guarantee admission to Killeen Independent School District high school seniors who graduate in the top 25 percent of their class.

The Killeen ISD and Tarleton leaders finalized the agreement with a memorandum signed at the December meeting of the ISD’s board of trustees.

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.

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

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

“Killeen ISD is proud of the agreement with Tarleton State University signed into action this school year,” said KISD Chief Communications and Marketing Officer Taina Maya. “This agreement solidifies an ongoing partnership between TSU and Killeen ISD and will benefit the Class of 2021.”

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 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 To learn how to become a Tarleton Texan, visit

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

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