The President’s promise for incoming Texans


Cassie Labay

President, Dr. James Hurley with first lady Kindall Hurley and his daughter, Blayklee Hurley in the Homecoming parade on March 20, 2021.

The President’s Guaranteed Award Program (GAP) aligns with the 120-year vision that John Tarleton had.
This program will provide students with an education that they may not otherwise have the chance to recieve them. Tarleton will guarantee scholarship levels to all 2021 fall freshmen who graduate in the top 25% of their high school class.
There are many requirements that must be met in order to be considered for this program. To begin, the student must complete their General Scholarships Application and submit their SAT/ACT scores.
Students graduating in the top 10% of their high school class will be guaranteed an annual amount ranging between $2,000 and $4,000 depending on their test scores. While students graduating in the top 25% of their class, not including the top 10% can be guaranteed an annual amount between $1,000 and $2,000.
Students that are in the top 10% of their class and score a 28 or better on their ACT, or a 1300 or better on the SAT, can be guaranteed $4,000. If the student has an ACT score that is a 22 or higher or an 1100 on their SAT, the student can receive $3,000 and if there are submitted scores, or no scores submitted, the student can still be guaranteed $2,000.
Students that are in the top 25% of their high school graduating class and score a 28 or better on their ACT test can receive $2,000. If the ACT score is a 22 or higher, the student is guaranteed $1,500 and if test scores are submitted, or if no test scores are submitted, the student is still guaranteed $1,000.
It is important to note that students graduating in the top 25% of their class from one of Tarleton’s Distinguished School Partners can be guaranteed an annual amount of money between $1,000 and $5,000 depending on their individual test scores.
Awards for any of the above will be split between the fall and spring semesters. The awards will be based on full time enrollment, and be renewable for up to 4 years with satisfactory academic progress.
Everyone knows someone that could be a future Texan. Inform them of this award program, and have them confirm their eligibility by first having them apply to Tarleton State University and then completing the General Scholarship Application.
Another program for incoming Texans that has been implemented is the Tarleton Promise Program. After all funds have been disbursed to Texan Bill pay, if the student has a remaining balance, the Tarleton Promise Program will cover the remaining bill.
This program specifically will help students pay for tuition, required fees, as well as parking fees, room and board and will also provide a semesterly allowance for textbooks, up to $600.
To begin the application for this program, students must complete their Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). This program also requires for students to submit their General Scholarchips Application.
Students that apply must be an incoming Tarleton freshman, a Texas resident, must be enrolled full time and must live on Tarleton’s campus. The prospective student must also be in the top 25% of their high school graduating class. If the school they attended did not use a class ranking system, then Tarleton will use other factors available to them to determine the equivalent top quarter.
In order to qualify, the students must also have full Pell grant eligibility. An example of this would be $0 Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). Information like this can be found on the Student Aid report that will be received after successful completion of the students FAFSA.
Fortunately, most students that meet the eligibility requirements, Pell grants, Texas Grant and other federal, institutional, or state aid will cover the vast majority of the costs for attendance. However, this still might not be enough to also cover room and board. The Tarleton Promise Program will assist qualifying students with additional aid to cover the cost of room and board for which the other grants do not.
Both of these programs are great additions to Tarleton State University, and once completely implemented, they will prove to be beneficial to the incoming class of Texans. Overall, the Tarleton Promise program, as well as the President’s Guaranteed program is for future Texans to continue their education, and be successful without the financial stress that may be a burden on many of them.
In order to be considered for this application, make sure to begin by applying to Tarleton State University, as well as completing the FAFSA application and the Tarleton General Scholarship application.
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In order to find and submit a General Scholarship Application, students should visit
In order to receive more information about both of these programs, visit