TAGT Scholarships

What is TAGT?

The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) connects and empowers educators and parents to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students from every cultural background who see the world in unique ways and are developing minds that just might discover innovative answers to the most challenging questions of their generation. If you are an NAGT member, you are also a TAGT member.

Each year, with the help of our generous donors, TAGT offers four student scholarships. Over the years, these scholarships have been awarded to almost 4,000 students with over one million dollars in assistance. All applications are due on March 31, 2021.

Available TAGT Scholarships

TAGT Summer Enrichment Scholarship

Awarded to identified gifted students’ grades K- 12, who are currently participating in a gifted program and who want to enrich their learning experience during the summer months. The maximum summer scholarship award is $400. Students may use these scholarships to attend programs with academic, fine art, or performing arts focus.

Education in Action's Lone Star Leadership Academy Camp Scholarship
Travel to the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston area to join delegations of other distinguished students from across Texas for a week of fun, learning, leadership development, and visits to significant Texas destinations. Participants must be in 4th-8th grade, nominated by an educator based on demonstrated leadership ability, maintain an 85 or higher average, and be involved in school/community activities. The top-scoring student applying for a Summer Enrichment Scholarship attending the Lone Star Leadership Academy will receive a full scholarship to the program.

Laura Allard Future Vision Scholarship
A $2,500 scholarship awarded to a graduating G/T high school senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, possesses a strong sense of purpose, clearly defined goals, and has a long-term plan for achieving these goals.

Adelle McClendon Young Leader Scholarship
A $2,500 scholarship awarded to a graduating G/T high school senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership.

Apply here.

Ideas for Summer Opportunities

A variety of summer enrichment opportunities can be found here.

Camp Invention

Destination Imagination Camp

Camp Pursuit


College Readiness

GT Camp: Think

The Application Process

You want to be very specific when applying for this scholarship. Remember, gifted learners from all over Texas are applying and they are all fantastic and interesting kids. What you write and what your student writes needs to make him or her really stand out in a field of hundreds.

How are the applications scored?

Written responses on the applications are evaluated holistically on the following 8-point scale:


7—Between Superior and Commendable


5—Between Commendable and Acceptable


3—Between Acceptable and Limited




Don't wait until the last minute to ask for a recommendation. Chances are that person is busy and you want to give them time to really think about what they're going to write. And don't forget to have your student send a thank you note for that recommendation.
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How to Stand Out

Questions to ask before you submit your application:

  • Do the responses answer the questions thoroughly and completely. Have you given detailed and elaborated responses?
  • Is your wording is clear and precise?
  • Are specific and appropriate examples about the applicant given?

These comments are not specific and could apply to almost any applicant:

  • “She is great in everything.”
  • “He would benefit from this program.”
  • “Excellent student!”
  • “Highly motivated student.”
  • “She has many talents.”
  • “He’s a kind young man who gets along well with others.”