MANSFIELD, TX – The University of Texas at Arlington announced a new partnership with the Mansfield ISD for a major expansion of Bound for Success, the early effort aimed at increasing the number of high school students who earn a college degree.
The announcement and memorandum of understanding signing event was held Tuesday morning, May 27, 2014 at the Ben Barber Career and Technology Academy.
The Bound for Success partnership awards Mansfield ISD juniors at all high schools in the Top 20 percent of their class pre-admission to UT Arlington, contingent upon their completion of a college preparatory diploma.
The UT Arlington-Mansfield ISD partnership also allows qualifying students to choose dual credit courses through the College of Engineering and the Mansfield school district’s “Project Lead the Way” Science, Technology, Engineering and Math sequence. Or, qualifying Mansfield ISD students may select a dual credit Criminology Criminal Justice program aligned with the district’s Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security program.
“A college education provides students with a spirit of discovery, inquiry and creativity, awareness and sense of community – all of which enable them to survive and to thrive in a rapidly changing world,” UT Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari said. “Bound for Success is a warm welcome from UT Arlington to each and every student who aspires to a level of achievement that only a college degree can provide.” The new collaborative program aligns with the Mansfield ISD’s Future You vision to provide each student with an individualized pathway for college prep and career readiness.
“This agreement represents an impressive collaboration in our community. The MISD Education Foundation, Mouser, UTA, and the Mansfield ISD have combined our resources to provide an amazing educational opportunity for our students,” Mansfield schools Superintendent Jim Vaszauskas said. “I am so proud of this partnership and the possibilities it provides for our students.”
Mouser Electronics Inc., a global distributor of semiconductors and electronic components, and the Mansfield ISD Education Foundation, have dedicated scholarship funds to support Mansfield ISD high school students who enroll in the UT Arlington dual credit engineering and criminal justice programs. The scholarship opportunities available for students include:
Mouser Electronics Engineering Scholarship Award – $5,000 for students in the Engineering program, two scholarships at $2,500 each. Mansfield ISD Education Foundation Criminal Justice Scholarship – $2,000 for students in the Law/Criminal Justice program, two scholarships at $1,000 each.
Additionally, this partnership will bring UT Arlington admissions counselors and financial aid experts to the high schools. They will help students maximize opportunities to earn college credit through advanced high school courses, be well prepared for college and navigate the college application and admissions process. In addition to elected officials, local dignitaries, and district administrators in attendance, junior students enrolled in the Engineering and Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security programs at BBCTA were invited to hear the special announcement about the new opportunities impacting their programs of study.