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Palmer Begins Partnership with Tarleton State

A steady flow of Palmer High School graduates heading to Tarleton State University has brought benefit to future students after the schools agreed to a plan that will enable more to follow their path to Stephenville, Texas.

Monday evening at the Palmer Independent Scholastic District administration building, Dr. James Hurley, the new President at Tarleton, addressed a small crowd, most of them Palmer ISD school board members. He announced that TSU will provide annual scholarships and guaranteed admission to Palmer seniors who graduate in the top 25 percent of their class.

Hurley and Christen Vick, board president, signed the agreement which will waive ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) requirements for students in the top 25 percent of their class as well as application fees for those who qualify. The university will offer scholarships of at least $1,000 each year to Palmer’s top graduates.

Palmer ISD is very fortunate to be one of the districts chosen to enter into a partnership with Tarleton State University providing additional scholarships for our seniors who plan to attend there,” said Kevin Noack, Palmer Superintendent. “Currently, we have 10 employees on staff that graduated from Tarleton, and each year we average three or four graduates attending this fine institution.”

Noack, the dean of Ellis County superintendents with 11 years and counting, alluded to the Palmer H.S. Principal, Brian Warner, a TSU alum.

The Distinguished High School Partnership with Tarleton State University will provide our students with a great opportunity,” said Warner. “Tarleton recognizes the success of our students and they are willing to invest in their future. Dr. Hurley is committed to recruiting top quality students and we are extremely excited about this partnership.”

Warner is in his 14th year in the Palmer ISD, the last 10 as the high school principal. Prior to that he served as principal for three years at the middle school, which came on the heals of a year as the assistant principal.
Tarleton, 105 miles southwest of Palmer, is now a public state university and a member of the Texas A&M University System. It has five campus locations - Stephenville, Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and the RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan.

While discussing the plan to build stronger ties with many school districts who have proven ties to Tarleton, Dr. Hurley, who has been on the job for just six months, said he has visited over 65 school districts since his arrival. He is putting legs to developing similar agreements with school districts in the region.

Our reputation for student focus and big-effect undergraduate research is growing,” he said. “With that comes our ability to attract high school seniors who want more than classroom knowledge. They want know-how. This collaboration aligns with our mission to provide a high-quality experience to students in our own backyard.”

Athletically the school competes with 18 universities in the Lone Star Conference, which is in Division II of the NCAA. Tarleton offers degree programs to more than 13,000 students. They are the largest university in the LSC.


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New President at Tarleton State Dr.James Hurley with PISD President Christen Vick