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TAGT Summer Scholarships: Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a TAGT Summer Scholarship?
TAGT Summer Scholarships are available to identified gifted students, grades K-12, who wish to attend academic, fine arts, performing arts or leadership programs. TAGT will award up to $400 to those students who qualify. In 2013, TAGT awarded 35 Summer Scholarships totaling nearly $13,000.

Who is eligible to apply?
Any child who lives in Texas and has been identified as “gifted” is eligible for a TAGT Summer Scholarship. TAGT can accept applications on a case-by-case basis from students in private schools and homeschools, if there is evidence of giftedness based on previous public school testing, Mensa membership, or outside psychological testing. Contact the TAGT Associate Director with any specific questions.

Where can I get a TAGT Summer Scholarship application?
Applications for all TAGT scholarships should be completed online (new in 2014). The Summer Scholarship can be located at txgifted.org/tagt-summer-scholarships.

What if there is no Internet access to complete the application?
TAGT will accept paper scholarship applications only for those students without access to the Internet; contact the TAGT Associate Director, Tracy Weinberg, at tweinberg@txgifted.org, or 512.499.8248 x205.

If my child applies for a TAGT Summer Scholarship does that mean he/she is applying to a specific summer program?
No, a TAGT Summer Scholarship application is completely separate from an application to attend a summer program or camp. Students must apply directly to the summer program or camp in order to be accepted to attend; the TAGT Summer Scholarship is designed solely to help pay for the cost of attending such programs.

Will a TAGT Summer Scholarship pay for all of a program’s cost?
A student can receive up to $400 for a TAGT Summer Scholarship. If the program costs less than $400, then the award would be for the full cost of tuition. If the program is more expensive, the individual is responsible for any difference.

What types of camps/programs are eligible for a TAGT Summer Scholarship?
TAGT Summer Scholarships are awarded to identified, gifted students who wish to attend summer programs with an academic, fine arts, performing arts or leadership focus. There is no formal list of eligible programs; all the ones listed on the K-12 Summer Programs of the TAGT website are acceptable, but a student is not restricted to only those programs.

Must I become a member of TAGT for my child to receive a Summer Scholarship?
While TAGT encourages membership, no membership is required in order to apply for any TAGT scholarship. In the scoring process, a bonus will be given to an application that has a TAGT member sponsor. Professional or Parent Members of TAGT may serve as a scholarship sponsor. Supporter Members are not eligible to do so. It is acceptable for a parent to join TAGT at the time of the application and be the scholarship sponsor.

What makes up the application for a TAGT Summer Scholarship?
The application has five questions. There are two questions for the student must answer, two questions a parent/guardian answers, and one question for another adult who must make a recommendation. That person can be any adult who knows the child well. Most commonly, it is a teacher or someone who knows the child through private lessons, religious school, scouting, etc. In addition public school students must be currently identified as gifted and receiving services in a gifted program. Verification must be obtained by the signature of a campus G/T specialist, G/T classroom teacher, counselor, or district G/T coordinator or administrator.

Are there income requirements or restrictions?
There are no income requirements or restrictions. The scholarships are awarded based on the quality of the responses to the questions on the application. A parent/guardian may indicate if there are any financial circumstances of which the Scholarship Evaluation Committee should be made aware, and a bonus may be awarded for extenuating situations.

When is the deadline to turn in the scholarships? When will scholarship notifications be sent?
All scholarships must be submitted electronically by noon on March 10 or postmarked by March 7, 2014. All applicants will receive notification from TAGT no later than April 25 as to whether they have received a TAGT scholarship.

How is scholarship money awarded?
If a scholarship is awarded, a one-page form must be completed and returned to TAGT, along with a letter of acceptance from the program a student plans to attend. Scholarship checks are made payable to the student AND the summer program for accounting purposes, unless the tuition has been pre-paid. In that case, payment may be made directly to the student if a receipt showing payment is submitted.

How often can someone receive a TAGT Summer Scholarship?
A student may receive a TAGT summer scholarship once every three years. If a child does not win a scholarship this year, he or she may apply again next year.

What other scholarships does TAGT offer?
TAGT has three other scholarship programs. They are:

  1. The Adelle McClendon Young Leaders Scholarship awards $2,500 to an identified gifted student who is a graduating high-school senior. The scholarship is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the years leading up to graduation.
  2. The Laura Allard Future Vision Scholarship awards $2,500 to an identified gifted student who is a graduating high-school senior. The scholarship is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, a strong sense of purpose, clearly defined goals, and a long-term plan for achieving these goals.
  3. The TAGT/Summer Mathematics Institute Scholarships provide a full scholarship to two students currently in grades 6-10 to attend a three-week residential mathematics camp at the University of North Texas Donated by the Summer Mathematics Institute at the University of North Texas, each scholarship is valued at $2250. Applicants must have a passion for mathematics, as they will take a full-year course (Algebra, Geometry, or Pre-Calculus) during the three-week program.

Where does TAGT get the money for its scholarships?
TAGT scholarship funds are based on investments and donations. TAGT generates revenue from memberships and conference registrations. The association receives no money from the state or federal government.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
Contact the TAGT Associate Director, Tracy Weinberg, at tweinberg@txgifted.org, or 512.499.8248 x205.