Expanding its enrollment reach throughout South Texas, The University of Texas-Pan American has added nine counties to its University Scholars program.
Started in 1998, the University Scholars program allows entering freshmen from Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties the opportunity to receive a four-year tuition and fees Distinguished Achievement Scholarship and designation as a University Scholar.
Now, Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Webb and Zapata counties have been added in a new University Scholars of South Texas program. The original program will be known as University Scholars of the Rio Grande Valley.
To qualify for either program, high school students must meet the regular criteria for UTPA admission and be eligible for state resident tuition. They also must have a "4" average in 12 hours of Advanced Placement (AP) credit from four separate exams in different subjects or in six hours of AP credit from two separate exams in different subjects.
A minimum ACT composite score of 24 (at least 19 in English and 19 in mathematics) or an SAT score of 1110 (at least 500 in verbal and 500 in mathematics) is also required.
In just three years, the University Scholars program has grown tremendously. Eighty-two of the 133 applicants were accepted this year, a jump of more than 330 percent from the 19 of 22 applicants approved in 1998.
For more information on the University Scholars program, contact Erica Perez, outreach specialist for Student Outreach Services, at 956/381-2999.