NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University announced on Wednesday its naming of Hudson High School as a partner school chosen for inclusion in the university’s Distinguished High School Program.

This partnership means that top-ranking graduates from the high school will be automatically eligible for scholarships of up to $20,000. Inclusion in the program also means all Hudson students may waive the $50 application fee, and seniors ranking in the top 30% of their class are guaranteed admission to SFA.

“Our Distinguished High School Program extends our commitment to student access and success to higher education,” said SFA President Dr. Scott Gordon. “Welcoming Hudson High School as a program partner ensures that SFA fulfills our promise to provide a reputable, affordable education to our neighbors in East Texas.”

Students from partner schools automatically receive scholarship money for up to four years based on their class rank. Of those who apply to SFA from distinguished program schools, students ranking in the top 10% of their class will receive $5,000 per year, and students ranking in the 11-25% of their class with a 3.0 GPA or higher will receive $3,000 per year. Submission of a scholarship application is not required.

“I am beyond excited to receive SFA’s recognition as a Distinguished High School,” said Richard Crenshaw, Hudson High School principal. “This partnership will greatly benefit our student body and community as a whole. This is yet another testament to our district’s commitment to excellence. It’s a great day to be a Hornet!”

Benefits also include additional financial aid assistance to students with high financial need; a special, tailored campus visit; and an assigned admissions counselor to serve students throughout the college-enrollment process.

Students from distinguished program schools applying as first-time students at also should submit official SAT/ACT scores and high school transcripts to the SFA Office of Admissions.

For more information about applying to SFA, visit or call (936) 468-2504.