Endorsements may be earned in the following areas:
Arts and Humanities
- Creating, exhibiting, performing, and publishing multimedia content
- Providing training in advanced language studies
- Providing training in human studies including human history and behavior
Business and Industry
- Organizing, directing, and evaluating functions essential to productive business operations.
- Processing, production, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and natural resources.
- Designing, managing, building, and maintaining the construction environment.
- Planning finances and investments, managing banking, insurance, and business finances.
- Designing, supporting, and managing hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration.
- Managing movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water
- Providing for families and human need;, education, training, and related learning support services, diagnostic and therapeutic service, health information, support services, and biotechnology research and development.
- Performing scientific research and professional technical services.
Benefits of Graduating with and Endorsement or Multiple Endorsements
College Readiness Colleges and universities require the foundation plan for admission. In addition, students ranked in the top 10 percent of the graduating class from an accredited Texas public high school are eligible for automatic admission to most Texas public universities, if they have completed the Distinguished Achievement Plan (DAP).
Recognition The Endorsement, Distinguished Achievement, and Performance Acknowledgement insignias will be affixed to the Diploma and Academic Achievement Record (transcript) of the student.
Test Results Research suggests that students who take additional English, Math, Science, and Social Studies courses make higher scores on TSI, SAT, and ACT college entrance exams. The Foundation plus Endorsement plans require additional math and science courses.
Program Participation The Texas Scholars program allows students who participate and graduate to be eligible for Graduation Honors and to compete for scholarships. Texas Scholars who qualify for financial assistance become eligible for a grant program passed by the Texas Legislature: the Texas Grant Program. This may provide all tuition and fees for public colleges and universities in Texas. However, grant funds are administered on a first-come, first serve basis. The Texas Scholars Program requires students to graduate under the Foundation Plan with an Endorsement.