The Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities was created by the Legislature of the State of Texas (S.B. 1554) in 1993 to offer intellectually advanced, mature high school juniors and seniors in the state the opportunity to pursue the ideas of academic excellence, ethical leadership, and community service within the context of a rigorous university setting. All students admitted to the unique residential program receive full-tuition scholarships for 15 credit hours per semester from the State of Texas. TALH operates as a dual-credit academic institution under the auspices of the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System. In its capacity as a special-purpose school district, the Academy has been authorized to confer its own diploma at graduation. While some TALH students remain at Lamar University after their senior year, others continue their college education elsewhere.