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Sealy Independent School District will soon begin a relationship with nearby Prairie View A&M University that affords students with scholarship opportunities and automatic enrollment.

Sealy High School counselor Laura Osborne recited some of the partnership details to the board of trustees at a Feb. 15 meeting.

“We were approached by Prairie View A&M University earlier this year,” Osborne said. “They were interested in doing a memorandum of understanding with us to increase enrollment between our students and Prairie View A&M University.”

It required a few conversations on the district’s part.

The university will offer unconditional admissions to Sealy ISDs top 25 students provided they meet the standard GPA and SAT scores for entry beginning at the end of a student’s junior year in high school.

Three $5,000 scholarships will be available as well. Chosen students will receive an invite to the campus for the president’s event and accept their scholarships.

University representatives will come to Sealy High School for two separate financial aid workshops, which are open to all students regardless of school commitment, along with admissions workshops to help fill out applications.

Aside from that, a daytime Sealy Student Leadership Conference will be held at Prairie View, where between 30 and 50 rising seniors will attend a workshop in the spring. Students are immersed in leadership activities, campus life and test out the university.

“This was kind of the point of contention where we went back and forth. They normally do it overnight, which wasn’t really an option for us. And so what we decided on was a day program,” Osborne said. “We will provide transportation. The students will provide their lunch or buy their lunch on campus.”

The agreement would last until 2021.

“I think it’s a great opportunity. We don’t have an exorbitant number of students that attend Prairie View but we do have several,” she said. “And I think having a university committed to coming to our campus and providing financial aid night is a huge benefit for our population.”

At the same time, it lends more scholarship opportunities to students, and it’s a great way to establish a relationship with a nearby university, Osborne said.

There might be some leverage with other universities as well, said Superintendent Sheryl Moore.

The board passed the resolution 6-0.

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