“Your Community, Your University” Tour – Panhandle

In 2017, President Wendler embarked on the "Your Community, Your University" tour, visiting every high school, public and private, in the top 26 counties of Texas, 66 schools in all, and talked with students about their aspirations for the future. In total, President Wendler spoke to approximately 8,440 students and traveled nearly 6,890 miles.

The positive outcomes from the tour were both immediate, gradual and memorable. Residents of the counties in Region 16 were given time and advice from a university president, who came to their hometowns to shake their hands and advocate for affordable college options. These connections changed WT, for the better. Overtime, these connections led to several initiatives at WT including the WT Principal’s Scholars (WTPS) program, which invites high school principals in Region 16 to recommend five deserving students for automatic admission to WT yearly, a housing incentive plan, which offers up to a year of free housing for students who elect to live on campus, and automatic transfer scholarships, which guarantees thousands of dollars in scholarship to transfer students who meet the academic requirements. Visiting every high school in Region 16 was a unique way for President Wendler to acquaint himself with the area as well as become aware of student's primary needs. As the new WT President, it was important to President Wendler that he meet those he was serving, first hand. After the tour’s success, President Wendler hit the road again, to Region 17, in the South Plains.

Reflecting on the "Your Community, Your University" tours, President Wendler wrote an eBook focusing on his experiences, detailing what students should look for in a college. "Considering College," featuring a foreword by The Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, was shared with more than 43,000 people and is available online. To commemorate the two tours, a short video was created.

President Walter Wendler Panhandle Tour
Your Community Tour Panhandle Map