Welcome to The University of Texas Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP)! This is where it all begins. What a better way to get started on your future, then by investing in your education by being part of The Neighborhood Longhorns Program.
It is important for parents to be as involved as possible and we thank you for taking the time to invest in your child’s future. The NLP is committed to working with your child’s school to provide as many educational opportunities throughout the school year as possible. Our goal is to make sure all students realize their potential and strive for excellence. We are committed to “Linking Community with Education” by bringing students to the UT campus to experience college and for all of our students to realize they are 100% COLLEGE MATERIAL!
One of the hallmarks of the Neighborhood Longhorns Program is the tutoring component. A limited number of NLP sites are selected to receive tutoring each year. Students from The University of Texas at Austin serve as volunteers and offer tutoring to students in academic subjects and STAAR preparation. The volunteer tutors also serve as positive role models who encourage and support students to stay in school, graduate from high school, and aspire to obtain a college education.
Throughout the school year, Neighborhood Longhorns participants are recognized for their academic achievement at awards sessions held at each participating school. Students who meet or surpass all the requirements for the entire school year are awarded a $100 scholarship award that is held in a fund at The University of Texas at Austin until the student graduates from high school.
Students are eligible for a scholarship based on the following criteria:
- Participate in NLP the entire school year
- Maintain a minimum of 85 in every class each grading period
- Maintain excellent attendance. (Only six absences are allowed for the entire school year.)
Since the program began in 1991, scholarships totaling approximately $798,000 have been awarded to program participants. Our standards for recognizing academic achievement are high, and as a result, approximately ten percent of participants receive scholarships awards each year.
While ten percent receive scholarships, the program has helped improve the academic performance of the other ninety percent who have been recognized as prize winners throughout the year. Additional incentives for students include attending UT Austin sporting events, College for a Day, and summer athletic camps.
If you are a former NLP student who earned a scholarship award and are a senior in high school, please complete this online form by June 30 of your graduation year, and the NLP office will contact you to go over the process for award distribution.
Scholarship funds are eligible for distribution when a student graduates from high school and enrolls in an institution of higher learning. If the student attends The University of Texas at Austin, the Neighborhood Longhorns Program will match the amount earned through the scholarship program.