STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Starting with the 2020-21 school year, Tarleton State University will provide annual scholarships and guaranteed admission to the top 25 percent of the Midway High School graduating class.

The Midway Independent School District and Tarleton leaders finalized the arrangement at Tuesday’s MISD board meeting.

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.

“We’re very excited to partner with Midway ISD to ensure that some of the best and brightest students in Texas have the opportunity for a high-quality university experience,” said Tarleton President James Hurley. “This partnership aligns with our commitment to become a first-choice institution for regional high school seniors. They are destined to be our 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.

“The fact that Tarleton University’s faculty and staff noticed the success of Midway graduates in their college courses and sought out this partnership affirms the work of our faculty, staff, administration and Board of Trustees,” said MISD Superintendent George Kazanas. “We are so grateful for this opportunity for our students and their families. I’m bursting with pride that our alumni have been well-prepared for college success to the extent that they have paved a path for future graduates to affordably 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, now including Midway High School, will receive an additional $500 or $1,000. Admitted freshmen must submit a general scholarship application to determine eligibility.

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