2016 News Releases

University announces ‘Pioneer Promise’ partnership with Little Elm High School

Program guarantees TWU admission to high-achieving juniors and provides scholarship for Little Elm student

Building on its legacy of providing a top-notch education to North Texas high school graduates, Texas Woman’s University announces the expansion of its “Pioneer Promise” program to the Little Elm Independent school District. The program guarantees TWU admission to Little Elm High School graduates ranked in the top 25 percent of their junior class.

The Pioneer Promise program also provides the Little Elm High school principal with a $2,000 renewable scholarship that can be awarded to a graduate coming to the university starting in fall 2017.

Little Elm ISD is the third school district to partner with TWU in the Pioneer Promise program. The university launched its Pioneer Promise program in 2015 with the Denton Independent School District, which helped to almost double the enrollment of Denton ISD students at the university.

“More than a ‘promise’ of university admission, this partnership with Little Elm ISD will provide good students with a path to education that also develops leadership skills, promotes community service and integrates a holistic approach to health and well-being — all hallmarks of a TWU education,” said TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyten. “I am so proud to announce this partnership with Little Elm ISD, because it acknowledges the district’s mission to engage, equip and empower its students for success in their academic, professional and personal lives.”

“We are excited to begin this wonderful partnership with TWU,” said Little Elm Superintendent Lowell Strike, Ph.D. “With this partnership comes the opportunity to collaborate on many levels with the staff and students of TWU and the academic excellence the university pursues on an ongoing basis. The commitments TWU has made as part of their daily mission to transformational learning, discovery, and service in an inclusive environment are qualities that we fully embrace in Little Elm ISD. Ultimately, the broad and exciting opportunities this will provide to our students are the end result of this collaborative effort.”

As part of the Pioneer Promise program, TWU will host an Instant Admissions Day at Little Elm High School on Friday, December 9. TWU also will provide additional college readiness workshops to Little Elm ISD students, including information on dual credit/Advanced Placement programs, financial aid and scholarships. In addition, the university is assigning an admissions counselor to serve as an official liaison between Little Elm High School and the university. In addition, TWU will administer the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) at Little Elm High School at least once during each spring semester.

To be accepted into the Pioneer Promise program, qualified students need to apply to TWU and submit SAT or ACT scores. For more information, visit www.twu.edu/admissions.

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