Whistle Stop Tour To Tout Higher Ed
Whistle Stop Tour To Tout Higher Ed
DENTON Texas Woman's University will help kick-off a
campaign for higher education awareness during the Nov. 14
Whistle Stop Bus Tour that will begin at Denton High School and
then continue to Arlington High School in Arlington and
Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth. Other institutions
participating in the Whistle Stop Tour include the University of
Texas-Arlington, Tarrant County College and Tarleton State
The tour will begin when the bus arrives at Denton High
School, 1007 Fulton St., at 8:20 a.m. Representatives from the
higher education institutions, including TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann
Stuart, will meet with high school students at 9 a.m. in the
school's auditorium to discuss the benefits of continuing their
education after high school. University recruiters also will be
The event launches the College for Texans campaign in the
Metroplex, which was authorized by the Texas Legislature last
year and is directed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
All Denton High School students will be able to register for a
chance to win a $500 scholarship, underwritten by Texas Bank, and
a back pack filled with college memorabilia from the
participating institutions. Additionally, 9th and 10th graders
can register for a chance to win a second $500 scholarship, also
underwritten by Texas Bank.
The tour's second stop is Arlington High School, 818 W. Park
Row Dr., for an 11 a.m. rally, where again, representatives from
the participating universities and colleges will promote the
benefits of higher education. The last stop of the day will be
Polytechnic High School, 1300 Conner Ave., at 2 p.m. with a
The goal of the Whistle Stop Tour is to generate greater
public awareness of secondary and higher education institutions
in the Denton/Tarrant area.
Ten TWU students will participate in a similar event on Nov.
12 beginning at 8 a.m. in the Dallas Independent School District.
The TWU students, along with students from other Dallas-area
colleges and universities, will visit four DISD schools to
discuss the benefits of a college education and how to prepare
The schools they will visit are: Woodrow Wilson High School,
J.L. Long Middle School, Eduardo Mata Elementary School and Mt.
Auburn Elementary School.
After the kick off events, College for Texans will continue to
motivate primary and secondary students to prepare and aim for
college; inspire parents, relatives, teachers, counselors and
others to support each child's aspirations to prepare for and
enroll in post-secondary education; and ensure that colleges and
universities reach out to embrace those students.
College for Texans will reach families in the Metroplex and
across Texas via television, radio, newspapers, the Internet and
through a network of community partners that will sponsor higher
education awareness programs. This broad outreach approach is
designed to give all Texans, especially families without any
higher education experience, information about the value of
higher education, the preparation needed to participate and
succeed in college, and how to find financial aid or otherwise
pay for college.
Our challenge is to ensure that people from all groups
and in all regions of the state know that higher education is
possible for them, and that they should pursue it, said
Texas Higher Education Commissioner Don Brown.
The campaign is a key strategy identified in the state's Closing
the Gaps by 2015 education plan, which was adopted by the
Coordinating Board in October 2002.
Photo Op: The media is invited to cover the Whistle Stop
Tour on Nov. 14 and the Nov. 12 event.
For Further Information Contact:
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456