Every June, many graduating high school seniors say goodbye to their teachers and friends and prepare to leave for college in August. In far fewer numbers, but just as real, hundreds of Texas sophomores wrap up life as they know it to embark on their new adventure as college students at either The Texas Academy of Math and Science (TAMS) or The Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities (TALH).
Joseph Meyer, 16, will be among the class of about 30 students on full-tuition scholarship at TALH at Lamar University in Beaumont. According to their website, “The Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities is a residential honors program for gifted and talented Texas high school-aged students who seek to develop their full potential as citizens and who show special interest and aptitude for study in the humanities.”
High school sophomores apply to TALH as they would any other college program: submitting an application with recommendations, SAT/ACT scores, an autobiographical essay, etc. If accepted, students complete their junior and senior high school years at Lamar University on full tuition scholarship for 15 credits per four semesters. Meyer continues a family tradition of TALH attendance; both his older brother and sister are TALH graduates. He plans to study education, pursuing a 4-8 grade generalist degree.
Meyer is from Kingwood and is the third of nine children born to Rick and Sara Meyer.
For information on TAMS at University of North Texas or TALH at Lamar University, visit tams.unt.edu or lamar.edu/texas-academy-of-leadership-in-the-humanities.