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DHS counselor Kevin Westerman and Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin

Several Duncanville High School students may now have their minds made up about where to attend college upon graduation. DHS was one of only two North Texas schools to receive a visit from Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin on Friday, September 30. He spoke to students in the Top 10% of both the junior and senior classes. “President Loftin told his story about being a first generation college student and encouraged the students to work for their goals,” explained Duncanville High School Counselor Terri Vehon. “He let them know that college was his ticket to do what he wanted to do in life, just as it can be for each of them.”

Also answering questions about what Texas A&M has to offer, Loftin’s meet and greet events were meant to strengthen the university’s relationship with its high school partners in the DFW community. DHS is one of five schools in the area to receive a full-time college advisor from the Advise TX chapter at Texas A&M University. Kevin Westerman recently graduated from college and is now helping equip DHS students for post-secondary success. “I want to have an impact by increasing the number of students who apply to college and the number who attend post-secondary education,” commented Westerman. “I also want to help students receive as much financial aid as possible.”

That begins with the September 30 assembly – students in attendance have the opportunity to receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Texas A&M in Fall 2012. All they have to do is complete and submit the university’s admissions and scholarship application by October 31. Two lucky winners will be chosen through a random drawing.

Dr. R. Bowen Loftin was named the 24th president of Texas A&M on February 12, 2010 after serving as interim president since June 15, 2009. Prior to that, he spent four years as vice president and chief executive officer of the university’s marine-oriented branch campus, Texas A&M University at Galveston, where he also was professor of maritime systems engineering. Click here to read Dr. Loftin’s full biography.