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HPU admission counselor guides Lampasas-area students through the transition to college

Natalie Stary for webBROWNWOOD – April 9, 2014 – Howard Payne University admission counselor Natalie Stary’s goal is to help as many young people as possible take part in the same college experiences she enjoyed as a student. Stary graduated from HPU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian studies and now works for her alma mater, recruiting students from Lampasas and the surrounding Central Texas areas.

Stary develops close relationships with prospective students and their families and enjoys guiding them through the college selection and transition process.

“It is an honor to be allowed to walk with students through the senior year of high school and into the first year at HPU,” she said. “Because my office is not located on the main campus in Brownwood, I have the opportunity to meet many of my students at places such as coffee shops in their hometowns. I feel that I get to know my students and their families on a personal basis.”

Now in her fourth year as an admission counselor for HPU, Stary is seeing many of the students in her first recruiting class graduating and transitioning to a new stage in life.

“It is so exciting to see how they have made HPU their home and how they are about to venture out into the working world,” she said.

Stary hopes that opportunities such as the university’s Central Texas Scholarship will inspire even more students from Lampasas and the surrounding areas to consider HPU. The scholarship awards $52,000 over four years to eligible applicants from Lampasas County and other counties in the area. Students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average and score 910 or higher on the SAT (critical math and reading combined) or 19 or higher on the ACT to qualify for the scholarship.

“The Central Texas Scholarship was developed as a way for HPU to invest in students who live in counties that are close to the university,” Stary said. “I have seen how this scholarship has enabled students, who previously did not think it was possible, to receive a college education.”

More than anything, Stary said, she wants prospective students to know that HPU is “unlike any other university in the world.”

“The faculty and staff at HPU are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met,” she said. “I am always amazed at how quickly students feel loved and feel like HPU is their home. I think it is because of how HPU’s faculty and staff invest in the lives of students who come here. My time at HPU is something I will treasure the rest of my life, and I am so proud to tell people about my alma mater.”

Stary and the other staff members in HPU’s Office of Admission enjoy the opportunity to speak with students interested in attending HPU. Contact them at (325) 649-8020 or via e-mail at For more information about Howard Payne University, visit


Photo cutline: HPU admission counselor Natalie Stary helps Lampasas area students transition from high school to the university.