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TALH offers fall preview day Oct. 6

The Lamar University Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities will host a fall preview day on Saturday, Oct. 6 for students interested in the program.

“We are an early entrance college residential honors program,” said Scott Stevenson, assistant director of the academy. “The academy is one of two residential programs for high school-aged students created by the Texas State Legislature.”

The preview day will give prospective academy students a better understanding of college life and an introduction to Lamar’s campus. Participants in the preview day will see a presentation of the program, eat at the dining hall, and tour the Cardinal Village residence halls to get better acquainted with the school.

“We’re specifically targeting sophomores in high school,” Stevenson said. “However, we welcome students of all ages to come to the preview day with their families to learn more about the program.”

TALH offers students the ability to receive schooling far beyond that of a contemporary high school education. The Academy allows students to earn 60 hours of college credit by the age of 18, when they graduate with a TALH diploma.

Academy students receive a full academic scholarship for up to 15 hours each semester. This includes tuition and fees, but does not include room and board, books, or spending money. Some students may be eligible for additional financial aid, depending on family income.

Applicants must meet specific requirements to be admitted into the TALH program. Those requirements include a score of at least 1,000 on the SAT with no less than 500 on the critical reading and math sections of the test or a 21 or higher on the ACT with no less than a 19 on the English and math sections. Other requirements include recommendation letters from a high school English teacher and administrator and an autobiographical essay. Students deemed qualified will be invited for an interview.

“There’s no better opportunity to explore and understand what TALH is really about than to come to the fall preview day,” said Ted Stuberfield, director of the academy. “As the new director of TALH, I can say with confidence that this is one of the finest programs of its kind. It’s something they will enjoy not only for the academic challenges they will have here at the university, but also from the perspective of leadership, exploring the humanities, and the learning community that we have at TALH. This is a wonderful opportunity.”

For more information on TALH, visit www.texasacademy.org or call (409) 839-2995.