BROWNWOOD, Texas - Howard Payne University in Brownwood is giving more students a chance to further their education.
They are implementing a new scholarship that reaches out to students all across the Big Country.
The Central Texas Scholarship reaches out to students in 33 different counties in central Texas.
The scholarship provides a student with $48,000 over the course of four years at HPU.
"To be eligible you need to have at least a "B" average in their high school performance, and on the SAT a 910, which would be the critical reading and math combined, or on the ACT a score of a composite 19," said Kevin Kirk, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.
Also, a student has to graduate high school in one of the following 33 counties:
Bell, Blanco, Bosque, Burnet, Coke, Concho, Coryell, Erath, Fisher, Gillespie, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, Jones, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, McLennan, Menard, Nolan, Palo Pinto, Runnels, Schleicher, Shackelford, Somervell, Stephens, Sutton Taylor, and Tom Green.
Lacy Culpepper is a Sophomore at HPU from Zephyr, and has received a scholarship similar to the Central Texas Scholarship.
"The Heart of Texas Scholarship is so encouraging and too much to pass up that it was just great incentive to go here," said Culpepper.
The goal of the scholarship is to give students a chance to attend a private, Christian university who thought it was out of reach.
"People actually cared, people cared about who I was, people cared about my education, said Culpepper.
The Central Texas Scholarship will be offered to students beginning the fall 2013 semester, but students are urged to start applying now.
The scholarship is also for transfer students who attended college elsewhere, but graduated high school in one of the 33 counties.
There is not a maximum amount of recipients for the Central Texas Scholarship.
Tuition for four years at Howard Payne University is $87,200.