Tyler Junior College has been nominated for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Star Awards for its Rusk TJC Citizens Promise Scholarship program.

The awards recognize exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of the 60x30TX Texas Higher Education Plan, the board said. The 60x30TX initiative aims to have 60% of Texas residents earn college credits or complete certificate programs by 2030 while also ensuring undergraduate student loan debt does not exceed 60% of first-year wages.

The Rusk TJC Promise program began in 2014 and, through a partnership with Citizens 1st Bank and the Perkins Foundation, helps Rusk ISD students attend TJC by covering tuition, fees and other expenses.

The Star Awards winner will be announced Nov. 22 in Austin.

Nominees include:

Austin Community College — Z Degrees (Zero Cost Textbooks) at ACC

Citizens 1st Bank, Perkins Foundation, Rusk and Tyler Junior College — Rusk TJC Citizens Promise

El Centro College, Garland ISD and Garland Fire Department — Triple Credit Model Fire Academy

El Paso Community College — Pasos Program

San Antonio College — Student Advocacy Center

The University of Texas at Arlington — Supporting Innovation, Diversity, Excellence, Access and Success for high-need students

The University of Texas at San Antonio — Resilience & Retention Advising Program