TAGT Summer Scholarships

About TAGT Summer Scholarships

The deadline for submitting all TAGT scholarship applications has now passed. Thank you and good luck to all 2014 candidates! All applicants will be notified of their status by April 25.

TAGT awards summer scholarships to “identified” gifted students who are currently participating in a gifted program and who want to enrich their learning experience during the summer months. These scholarships are based upon merit, not financial need. All applicants will be notified of their status by April 25.

  • Multiple awards of up to $400 are given
  • 34 students were awarded TAGT Summer Scholarships in 2013
  • Gifted students in grades K-12 are eligible
  • Scholarships may be used to attend academic or artistic programs during the summer months
  • Please note that for accounting purposes scholarship checks are made payable to both the program and the scholarship winner
  • Scholarship winners must complete and return the necessary paperwork by June 15 or the award will be forfeited.

NEW THIS YEAR! There are three significant changes in the application process:

  1. Applicants in public schools must be currently identified as gifted and receiving services in a gifted program. The application must include the name and e-mail address of a campus G/T specialist, G/T classroom teacher, counselor, or district G/T coordinator who can verify your status as a gifted student.
  2. For private school or home-school students to be eligible for a TAGT scholarship, there must be supporting documentation through previous public school testing, Mensa membership, or outside psychological testing. Contact the TAGT Associate Director, Tracy Weinberg at tweinberg@txgifted.org for additional information.
  3. A current TAGT professional or parent member may sign as a sponsor but it is NOT required. Applicants who have a TAGT sponsor will receive a bonus point when the application is scored. It is acceptable for a family member or friend to join TAGT and serve as a sponsor for the application.

If you have any problems or questions during the application process, please contact TAGT at 512.499.8248.

K-12 Summer Enrichment Programs 
(TAGT does not sponsor, endorse or produce any summer programs)

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2013 TAGT Summer Scholars

TAGT is pleased to announce the 2013 TAGT Scholarship Winners (PDF)

The 2013 Carole Vermillion Elementary Scholar Award Winner is Ainsley Ogletree of Baker Elementary School in Prosper ISD. Ainsley will be attending Camp Invention this summer.

The 2013 Ann Shaw Secondary Scholar Award Winner is Vivian Zhou of The Hockaday School. Vivian will be attending the Victory Briefs Institute Debate Camp.

The 2013 TAGT Summer Scholars follow:

  • Krish Advani of Fort Bend ISD/Commonwealth Elementary, attending Summer Discovery Camps
  • Caitlin Aguirre of Socorro ISD/Eastlake HS, attending National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine
  • Rebecca Bryant of Randolph ISD/Randolph MS, attending Duke TIP
  • Danielle Chen Gu of Allen ISD/Anderson Elementary, attending Creative Writing Summer Camp
  • Briana Cortez of Ysleta ISD/Hanks HS, attending National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine
  • Andrew Davis of Red Oak ISD/Red Oak Int., attending Duke TIP
  • Alan Dominguez of Canutillo ISD/Jose Damian Elementary, attending El Paso Community College Summer Camp
  • Pauel Garcia of San Elizario ISD/Sambrano Elementary, attending Summer Scholars Camp
  • Bryanna Hernandez of Plano ISD/Gulledge Elementary, attending NASA Space Camp
  • Katharyn Hernandez of Plano ISD/Jasper HS, attending Duke TIP
  • Sophia Heussner of Lovejoy ISD/Sloan Creek MS, attending Texas A&M Sea Camp
  • Emily Jue of Clear Creek ISD/Westbrook Int., attending University of Houston Summer Academy
  • Parker Kelly of Spring Branch ISD/Memorial HS, attending Duke TIP
  • Audrey Marik of Austin ISD/Brentwood Elementary, attending Summer Wonders
  • Isabella Marino of Fort Bend ISD/Cornerstone Elementary, attending CompuCamp 2013
  • Ian McKenna of Austin ISD/Oak Hill Elementary, attending Bits, Bytes & Bots Computer Adventures
  • Ainsley Ogletree of Prosper ISD/Baker Elementary, attending Camp Invention
  • Aila Paxton of Boerne ISD/Champion HS, attending Texas Brigades
  • Gabrielle Pousset of Eanes ISD/Valley View Elementary, attending Shake Hands with your Future
  • Rosemarie Pousset of Eanes ISD/West Ridge MS, attending Texas A&M Sea Camp
  • Emily Powers of Humble ISD/Kingwood Park HS, attending School of Creative and Performing Arts
  • Desiree Quintanar of Canutillo ISD/Alderete MS, attending Kids-N-Co Performance Center
  • Bianca Rizo of Canutillo ISD/Alderete MS, attending La Paz Academy Summer Camp
  • Joel Rodriguez of Zapata County ISD/Zapata HS, attending Veterinary Enrichment Camp
  • Rylan Shewmaker of Abilene ISD/Craig MS, attending Texas A&M Youth Adventure Program
  • Palwinder Singh of Canutillo ISD/Garcia Elementary, attending LEGO Mindstorms
  • Sandip Singh of Canutillo ISD/Garcia Elementary, attending Young Rembrandts Cartoon Drawing
  • Cam Tu Duong of Yes Prep Public Schools/Yes Prep West, attending Run on the Wind
  • Elias Vasquez of Dallas ISD/Walnut Hill Elementary, attending Club Scientific Dallas
  • Avery Vega of Ector County ISD/Milam Arts Magnet, attending Sea World San Antonio
  • Katia Villalva of Canutillo ISD/Garcia Elementary, attending Kids-N-Co Performance Center
  • Kyle Zemborain of Eanes ISD/Westlake HS, attending Academy of Art University Pre-college Summer Program
  • Victor Zhou of St. Mark’s School, attending Texas Honors Math Camp
  • Vivian Zhou of The Hockaday School, attending Victory Briefs Institute Debate Camp

Carole Vermillion was a parent of two gifted sons who helped focused attention on the educational needs of gifted children in Texas public schools in the early 1970’s. Her leadership and dedication led to the establishment of an office of gifted education within the Texas Education Agency. Ms. Vermillion was also one of a small group of dedicated parents and educators who established the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented in 1978.

In the early 1970’s, the late Ann Shaw helped start an organization that evolved into TAGT. Mrs. Shaw was also the first director of the Division of Gifted and Talented for the Texas Education Agency. Her vision and leadership helped provide educational opportunities for thousands of gifted and talented schoolchildren. She worked to establish legislation to fund programs for the gifted and talented, and later helped write the bill that became the Texas law requiring services and programs for gifted and talented students.