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Clifton ISD signs agreement with Tarleton State University providing scholarships to top grads

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 17:12:04-04

WACO, TX — The top 25 percent of Clifton High School’s graduating class will not only walk away with their degree, but scholarship opportunities and guaranteed admission thanks to Tarleton State University.

CISD and Tarleton State joined forces and began the Distinguished High School Partnership agreement for Clifton’s top graduates to provide annual scholarships and admission on Monday night.

“We’re very excited to partner with Clifton High School to ensure that some of the best students in Texas have the opportunity to pursue their dream of a university degree,” said Tarleton President James Hurley. “This partnership aligns with our commitment to become a first-choice institution for regional high school seniors and the vision of Clifton ISD to be an acclaimed model of educational excellence.

The Distinguished High School Partnership will go into effect in the 2020-21 school year. The agreement also waives the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and ACT (American College Test) requirement as well as application fees for students who qualify.

“Tarleton State University is a leader in providing a high-quality college education close to home and becoming a Distinguished Partner District with Tarleton is a great opportunity with numerous advantages for our #TeamCISD students,” said Andy Ball, Clifton superintendent.

Currently, Tarleton has a Guaranteed Award Program (GAP) which assures first time-in-college students between $1,000 and $4,000 in scholarships for students graduating in the top quarter of their high school. Students graduating from one of Tarleton’s Distinguished High School Partners, which now includes Clifton High School, will earn an additional $500 or $1,000. For eligibility, admitted freshman must submit a general scholarship.

“I am a proud Tarleton alum, as are many of our staff members here at Clifton, and we are honored to enter into this agreement,” said Andy Ball, Clifton superintendent. “I am grateful to Dr. Hurley and Dr. Javier Garza, vice president for enrollment management, for the communication and leadership they have provided through this process, and I look forward to a fantastic working relationship with them for many years to come.”