COMMERCE, Texas — Administrators from Uplift Education and Texas A&M University-Commerce met virtually on Thursday, July 29 to renew their long-standing partnership.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by Uplift Education president Remy Washington, Ed.D., and A&M-Commerce president Mark Rudin, Ph.D. The agreement ensures that every Uplift student has an equal opportunity to access college education, no matter their socioeconomic status.
Uplift Education is a non-profit charter school company that operates 46 college-preparatory public charter schools and teaches 23,000 students on 22 campuses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. According to Uplift, most of their students will be the first in their families to attend college.
Since the partnership began in 2013, more than 1,900 Uplift students have been admitted to A&M-Commerce.
Through the partnership, A&M-Commerce supplies grants and scholarships to incoming Uplift students, hosts Uplift students on campus, presents parent-oriented programming to help families navigate the college application and matriculation process, and more.
This year, the school partnership will expand to include Auto-Admit Days, when graduating Uplift seniors will receive automatic and expedited admission to A&M-Commerce if they meet admission criteria.
Washington expressed appreciation for the partnership on behalf of Uplift Education.
“We are so fortunate to have a partner like A&M-Commerce,” she said. “We deeply understand that our students have needs, and you’re willing to work collaboratively to shape their lives for years to come.”
Rudin also expressed gratitude to Uplift Education.
“Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to consider you a great partner in this endeavor,” Rudin said. “We see our institution as a catalyst to transform lives, regardless of ethnicity and socioeconomic status.”
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