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Little Elm selected as SFA Distinguished High School Program

April 7, 2021

SFA Distinguished High School Program Top-ranking graduates of Little Elm High School will be automatically eligible for scholarships worth up to $20,000 at Stephen F. Austin State University as a result of a new partnership between the schools.

Little Elm High School is the first school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and one of only six schools in the state to be included in SFA’s Distinguished High School Program. 

Students from partner schools receive scholarship money for up to four years based on their class rank. Students ranking in the top 10% of their class will receive $5,000 per year, and students ranking in the 11-25% of their class with a 3.0 GPA or higher will receive $3,000 per year. 

In addition, SFA has waived the $50 application fee for all Little Elm students, regardless of class rank, and seniors ranking in the top 30% of their class are guaranteed admission to SFA.

“At SFA, we are fully committed to student success and access, meaning we are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to ensure Texans have affordable access to higher education,” said SFA President Dr. Scott Gordon. “Our newly introduced Distinguished High School Program recognizes hardworking high school students by helping them obtain their college degree in a more timely and affordable manner. We are thrilled to offer this new program.”

Benefits for students at distinguished program partner schools include additional financial aid assistance to students with high financial need; a special, tailored campus visit; and an assigned admissions counselor to serve students throughout the college-enrollment process.

“Texas has nearly 3,000 high schools and to be chosen is an honor. We are grateful for this new partnership through SFA’s Distinguished High School Program. Our students work incredibly hard to reach their full potential. There is no doubt our students will benefit both academically and financially from this unique opportunity,” said Daniel Gallagher, superintendent of schools for Little Elm ISD.

Other Distinguished High Schools invited to partner in SFA’s new program include Nacogdoches High School, Allen High School and, in the Houston area, Langham Creek High School and Tomball Memorial High School. 

Students from distinguished program schools applying as first-time freshmen at also should submit official SAT/ACT scores and high school transcripts to the SFA Office of Admissions. For more information about applying to SFA, visit or call (936) 468-2504.