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Lake Highlands High School has officially signed on to be a Dallas County Promise school, a partnership aimed at ensuring every high school graduate – regardless of GPA or financial status – attends college.

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Lake Highlands will be the third Richardson ISD high school, joining Lloyd V. Berkner and Richardson high schools in the program, which includes a total of 43 participating high schools. The program partners with seven Dallas County Community College District colleges, UNT-Dallas, SMU, MSU Texas, Prairie View A&M University, Paul Quinn University and Austin College.

The program began in 2017 and recently reached 16,000 pledges from seniors in participating high schools, the Dallas Business Journal reported.

Dallas County Promise scholarships provide students with last-dollar scholarships which cover the balance of tuition not covered by state or federal financial aid programs. The scholarship covers three years of college or the completion of an Associate’s Degree – whichever comes first.

Students in the program, called Promise Scholars, will also be matched with a Success Coach who will serve as a mentor throughout their college careers.

Graduates with a 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale are also eligible for the Rising Star Scholarship, which covers the cost of textbooks.