April 1, 2021
From left, Dr. José Martinez, Langham Creek High School principal, Dr. Scott Gordon, Stephen F. Austin State University president and Roy Garcia, CFISD associate superintendent for school leadership, pose for a photo at a special kick-off ceremony on March 26 naming Langham Creek High School a partner in the SFA Distinguished High School Program.
April 1, 2021—Representatives from Langham Creek High School and Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) held a special kick-off ceremony on March 26 to welcome Langham Creek into the newly created SFA Distinguished High School Program.
The Distinguished High School Program partners with high schools across the state to offer unique opportunities for students at participating high schools. Those opportunities include having application fees waived, guaranteed admission to students ranked in the top 30 percent of their class, being assigned an admissions counselor to serve students throughout the college enrollment process and a more personalized campus visit. Other opportunities include automatic scholarship money. Seniors ranking in the top 10 percent of their class will receive $5,000 per year and seniors ranking in the top 11-25 percent of their class with a 3.0 grade point average or higher will receive $3,000 per year. A scholarship application is not required.
Langham Creek High School senior Vanessa Ndahiro is one of the first Langham Creek students to receive a $3,000 per year scholarship through the Distinguished High School Program.
“We have a strong history of Langham Creek students becoming Lumberjacks and we want more Langham Creek students to continue that trend,” said Dr. Scott Gordon, SFA president. “The program is set up for us to recognize the excellence at Langham Creek and have its students benefit from that excellence. The program is a win for the students, it’s a win for Langham Creek and it’s a win for SFA.”
The program has five high schools currently participating. SFA is expecting to expand the program each year in its key market areas, including East Texas, Houston and Dallas.
Erma Brecht, SFA executive director of enrollment management, speaks with Langham Creek High School students and teachers about the Distinguished High School Program at a special kick-off event on March 26.
“Opportunity is the first word that came to mind when I first received the news about this program,” said Dr. José Martinez, Langham Creek principal. “Having all these opportunities for students, especially the automatic admission for students in the top 30 percent, it’s a game-changer. Providing opportunities for our Lobos is something I’m always looking for and I’m excited about this partnership.”