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Livingston selected as SFA Distinguished High School Program

Posted Date: 08/10/2021

Livingston selected as SFA Distinguished High School Program

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Top-ranking graduates of Livingston High School will be automatically eligible for scholarships worth up to $20,000 at Stephen F. Austin State University as a result of a new partnership between the schools. 

Livingston High School is one of 12 East Texas schools to be included in SFA’s Distinguished High School Program.

Students from partner schools receive scholarship money for up to four years based on their class rank. Students ranking in the top 10% of their class will receive $5,000 per year, and students ranking in the 11-25% of their class with a 3.0 GPA or higher will receive $3,000 per year. 

In addition, SFA has waived the $50 application fee for all Livingston students, regardless of class rank, and seniors ranking in the top 30% of their class are guaranteed admission to SFA.

“At SFA, we are fully committed to student success and access, meaning we are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to ensure Texans have affordable access to higher education,” said SFA President Dr. Scott Gordon. “Our new Distinguished High School Program recognizes hardworking high school students by helping them obtain their college degree in a more timely and affordable manner.”

Benefits for students at distinguished program partner schools include additional financial aid assistance to students with high financial need; a special, tailored campus visit; and an assigned admissions counselor to serve students throughout the college enrollment process.

“The district is excited for the students of Livingston in their opportunities to become Lumberjacks,” said Dr. Brent Hawkins, LISD superintendent. “We feel this partnership will pave the way for life-changing experiences at SFA that have proven success with our students. This relationship between Livingston High School and SFA presents a valued partnership with a robust vision to impact those we serve.”

Students from distinguished program schools applying as first-time freshmen at also should submit official SAT/ACT scores and high school transcripts to the SFA Office of Admissions. For more information about applying to SFA, visit or call (936) 468-2504.