University launches ‘Pioneer Promise’ program with Denton high schools

New partnership guarantees TWU admission to high-achieving juniors and provides more scholarships for local students

Pioneer Promise


DENTON — Building on its legacy of providing a top-notch education to local high school graduates, Texas Woman’s University is launching a new “Pioneer Promise” program with the Denton Independent School District. The program guarantees TWU admission to Denton ISD high school graduates ranked in the top 30 percent of their junior class. The new Pioneer Promise program also provides each Denton high school principal with a $2,000 renewable scholarship — $8,000 total — that can be awarded to a graduate coming to the university starting in fall 2016. Denton ISD is the first school district to partner with TWU in this new program.

“More than a ‘promise’ of university admission, this program will provide good students with a path to education that also develops leadership skills, promotes community service and integrates a holistic approach to health and well-being — all hallmarks of a TWU education,” said TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyten. “I am so proud to launch this initiative with Denton ISD, because it acknowledges the district’s focus on cultivating students who are prepared for success in their academic, professional and personal lives.”

“TWU is one of the top universities in the state, and we see Pioneer Promise as their commitment to keeping some of our best and brightest students in their hometown to make an impact in their community during college and upon graduation,” said Denton ISD Superintendent Dr. Jamie Wilson. “We see this program as strengthening our partnerships with TWU and giving our students another outlet to a brighter future.”

As part of the Pioneer Promise program, TWU will provide college readiness workshops to Denton ISD students, including information on dual credit/Advanced Placement programs, financial aid and scholarships. TWU also is assigning an admissions counselor to serve as an official liaison between Denton high schools and the university. In addition, TWU will provide Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment testing at each Denton ISD high school and at the Denton Advanced Technology Complex at least once during the spring semester.

To be accepted into the Pioneer Promise program, qualified students need to apply to TWU and submit SAT or ACT scores. For more information, visit

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