Tarleton, Weatherford College pact benefits transfer students
STEPHENVILLE — Tarleton State University and Weatherford College have agreed to participate in a national prototype to boost educational opportunities for transfer students who graduate from two-year schools.
As part of its Distinguished College Partnership, Tarleton will provide annual scholarships, $500-$2,000, to Weatherford College transfer students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Awards will be divided between fall and spring semesters based on enrollment and will be renewable up to three years with satisfactory academic progress.
The visionary investment aligns with the 122-year dream of Tarleton’s founder to provide a high-quality university education to students who otherwise might not have the chance.
“John Tarleton dreamed of an institution of opportunity — a comprehensive regional university,” said President James Hurley. “It’s important that we continue to deepen our historic commitment to educational attainment and affordability. Many of the Weatherford College students who transfer will be the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree. They’re forging a path for generations to come.
Weatherford College serves more than 5,700 students at its campus in Parker County and at learning centers in Granbury, Mineral Wells and Wise County.
“As a graduate of both Weatherford College and Tarleton State University, today is a very special day for me,” WC President Tod Farmer said. “This agreement between our two noble institutions will further strengthen our historical ties by providing tens of thousands of dollars in transfer student scholarships in the short run and hundreds of thousands of dollars in student scholarships in the long run.”
Degree-related pathways make it easy for Weatherford students to transfer to Tarleton, saving dollars and class hours.
“Weatherford College matters to us,” Dr. Hurley said. “Helping students in our own backyard is the right thing to do. They are destined to be our leaders, and we have a social and economic responsibility to invest in their future.”
Tarleton is developing similar agreements with other two-year colleges in the region, in concert with the President’s Transfer Guaranteed Award Program. T-GAP assures scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,500 per year for students admitted from two-year colleges. Award amounts are enhanced for students graduating from one of Tarleton’s Distinguished College Partners.
For more information on T-GAP, go to https://www.tarleton.edu/becomeatexan/Transfer-GAP.html.