As Paul Quinn College celebrates its 150th anniversary, HBCU announces acceptance for Lancaster ISD students who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Dallas – This is a special time at Paul Quinn College. The only HBCU in Dallas is celebrating its 150th anniversary.
“It’s been 150 years in a row,” said the college’s president. Michael Sorrell said.
At the college’s convocation on Friday, Lancaster gave a special surprise to the ISD students in attendance.
“There were a lot of thoughts, a lot of emotions,” said Boston Kimmons, a Lancaster high school student.
The seniors thought they had arrived on campus for a special college tour. They visited classes and visited the college’s new Health and Wellness Center and other areas.
The teens never expected the president of Paul Quinn College to reveal a big secret.
“All Lancaster ISD students with 3.0 or better will automatically gain admission to Paul Quinn College,” Sorel said.
Followed by thunderous applause. More than 200 students who attended the ceremony were amazed at the automatic acceptance of the historic institution.
“We did not expect this at all,” said student Dajayya Peg.
Some students described the announcement as a game changer for college admissions.
“It gives people another option and a different view of college. Also, when I was admitted to this school, my mother went to this school. So, it’s amazing for me and her, ”Peg explained.
The surprises did not stop there. Sorrel gave more good news to high school students who deserved the Pell Grant.
“You can not only get Paul Quinn to come to college, but you can identify two members of your family or friends to bring to college with you,” Sorrell told students.
The move is part of a new partnership between Paul Quinn College and Lancaster ISD “Tiger to Tiger”. The school offered similar acceptance to some students at Dallas ISD and Fort Worth ISD.
“I have a grandfather who never got the chance to finish college. So, if I’ve decided to come here, I can join him, “Kimmons said.
Paul Quinn College also announced expansion plans. This will be the first HBCU campus in Northern California.
“We are committed to the necessity of your success. You belong to all of us now, ”Sorrell told the students.