Academic Honors

Academic Sweatshirts

Academic Sweatshirts, sponsored by Fort Worth ISD and Lockheed Martin are awarded during junior year. The sweatshirt recognizes students who complete their sophomore year with a cumulative 3.8 GPA or higher. Students attaining this level of distinction receive a special sweatshirt with their high school letters, the academic banner, and the student's monogram embroidered on the sleeve.  

This program began in 1989 recognizing just 100 students. Since then, FWISD has recognized more than 7,000 students for academic excellence through the Academic Sweatshirt Scholar program.

Ann Brannon Award for Student Achievement

The College, Career, Military Readiness Department is continuing a tradition whose origin dates back to 1976. The initiative, the Ann Brannon Awards Program, provides opportunities to recognize students who have demonstrated significant improvement and outstanding achievement.

This awards program – initially implemented by former elementary teacher and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Ann Brannon – honors 4% of students in grades 3 through 12 at all campuses that met or exceeded the following criteria:

Ann Brannon, a former elementary school teacher, was the Fort Worth Independent School District Assistant Superintendent for Instruction.  In 1976, she developed the idea of recognizing and awarding students who have shown the most improvement or outstanding achievement in their academic studies.  When she retired in 1982, the district named these awards in her honor. 

The Ann Brannon award may be worn during high school graduation.

Superintendent Scholars

Being selected for these distinguished honors places our students in the top academic echelon of the District. Each scholar receives a stole to be worn as part of the student’s graduation regalia.


Associate of Arts Degree

Students who have completed the requirements of the Associate of Arts degree at Tarrant County College will receive a Gold Medal to recognize this distinction. The medal may be worn during high school graduation.

Dual Credit Distinction

Students who have completed 30 or more college hours will receive a cord to celebrate this distinction.  The cord may be worn during high school graduation.

OnRamps Distinction

Students who have completed and transcribed 1or more college hours through the University of Texas OnRamps program will receive a cord to celebrate this distinction.  The cord may be worn during high school graduation.

For information contact: Jane Card, Post-Secondary Specialist