ARLINGTON, Texas (8/26/14)--A hybrid secondary school is setting its first graduating class on a path to success with a $125,000 donation from Texas Trust CU, Mansfield, Texas.
The $846 million-asset credit union will support a scholarship fund for the Tarrant County College Southeast/Arlington Independent School District Collegiate High School.
The class of 2018--the inaugural class of the school that allows students to earn a high school diploma and up to 60 college credit hours simultaneously--will be the first to benefit from the scholarship fund.
Each student in the class of 2018 who graduates with a high school diploma and an associate's degree, achieves a 2.5 grade point average or higher and participates in a series of personal financial education workshops will be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.
"The collegiate high school concept is the future of education," said Jim Minge, Texas Trust CU president/CEO. "We hope these scholarships can help open doors to a brighter financial future for these students."
William Coppola, president of Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, proclaimed the scholarships as an important part of "providing the opportunity for these students to earn an associate's degree while completing their high school graduation requirements."