Javelina GOLDS


The following proposal represents a collaborative effort by the Office of Admission and the Division of Student Access.

Javelina GOLDSGeneration Of Leaders Destined to Succeed

Javelina GOLDS’s comprehensive program was created to specifically address the development of first-generation students throughout their college experience.  Our program delivers multiple levels of support, including student development, coaching, academic advising, mentoring, leadership and community engagement opportunities for eligible grant recipients to help address the unique challenges first-generation students face.

Each year the Javelina GOLDS Program accepts (50) students to participate in this special cohort.  Students are welcomed into the program upon admission to Texas A&M University – Kingsville and given assistance through to graduation.  Students selected to the program will receive an annual $2,000 scholarship over the course of their four year experience at Texas A&M University – Kingsville. In addition to the scholarship, students will receive a number of social, academic, and leadership activities designed to guide Javelina GOLDS through key transitions pivotal to their success.  Below you will find a rough outline of the programming components covered in the Javelina GOLDS Program:

Javelina GOLDS Programming Components


Interested students should submit a personal statement and (2) letters of recommendation.  A students’ eligibility for the Javelina GOLDS Program is based on the information they provide when they submit the Apply Texas application for admission to Texas A&M University—Kingsville.  Students will be selected based on their SAT/ ACT scores, GPA and high school class rank. 

Program Requirements

To be Javelina GOLDS, students must:

  • Be a first generation student (neither parent earned more than two years of education beyond high school and no-post secondary degree)
  • Enroll as a freshman the same year they graduate from high school
  • Be a Texas Resident
  • Be admitted through regular admission requirements
  • Be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant through Texas A&M University—Kingsville
  • Submit letters of recommendation/ essay
  • Be admitted to Texas A&M University—Kingsville by February 15th
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 15th
  • Participate in weekly coaching workshops
  • Attend New Student Orientation during the summer prior to your freshman year
  • Be willing to fully participate in annual program activities
  • Maintain a 2.75 GPA at Texas A&M – Kingsville and maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the Office of Financial Aid

Statement of Need

This proposal seeks support for a comprehensive program dedicated to increasing the number of underserved and underrepresented students in our target markets. 

The Office of Admission, University Scholarships, Communication Center, and Student Access will work as partners and mentors to identify, encourage, and support our first-generation population.

With excellent physical facilities (GOLD Center/ GOLD Center Computer Lab), institutional support, and materials provided by University funding, resources are available for achieving the proposed objectives.  Experienced and dedicated faculty/ staff are available to ensure the successful outcomes and enhance the effectiveness in achieving our goals.

This page was last updated on: February 8, 2018