STEM Scholar Program

An academic scholarship program developed for the best and brightest underrepresented, minority students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).

The STEM Scholar program is built on the idea of increasing the number of the best and brightest students from underrepresented populations to pursue degrees in STEM. According to the National Science Foundation, the following TCU majors are considered STEM programs:

  • Applied Geoscience
  • Astronomy & Physics
  • Bachelor of Combined Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Information Systems
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Educational Studies – (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, Physics)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Middle School Education (Math, Science)
  • Movement Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education – (Life Science, Physical Science)

The Program provides a full four-year scholarship and is designed to provide academic support, leadership development and enrich the TCU learning experience while bringing diverse populations together. Our goal is to increase the number of diverse students from underrepresented populations in STEM through recruitment, retention, and degree completion, while strengthening TCU’s academic community and contribute to “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI).

Program benefits beyond the scholarship include:

  • Four-week Summer Enrichment Experience to include an elective called Intro to Scientific Thinking
  • Opportunities for undergraduate research
  • Educational travel
  • Mentoring
  • Varied networking opportunities on and off campus
  • Internship opportunities
  • Academic workshops
  • Leadership workshops/professional development opportunities
  • Tutoring/Study Hall
  • Weekly meetings to monitor student progress
  •  Academic advising

Program Director: Zoranna Jones, Ph.D.
Graduate Assistant: Joseph Sturgess

Questions about the STEM Scholar Program? Email

Student Spotlight

Meet Kayla Thomas, a sophomore double majoring in Biology and Child Development and a member of the inaugural class of TCU’s STEM Scholar.

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Scholars in the Community

During the 2019-2020 academic school year, the scholars volunteered in Dallas-Fort Worth communities and surrounding areas. Our students were able to see first-hand how their efforts and service could be influential to the community they serve and live in.

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A Q&A with the Program Director

Zoranna Jones, Ph.D., discusses TCU’s STEM Scholar Program and the importance of helping students succeed.

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An Award-Winning Program

TCU’s STEM Scholar Program received the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine.

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Our Scholars are involved in many different organizations both on and off campus, and many hold executive positions. Kayla Thomas, part of the first cohort of STEM Scholars, even started her own mentoring organization that helps prepare underrepresented minority women interested in STEM for college.

Learn How STEM Scholars Lead On Campus

Team Building

Throughout the Summer Enrichment program, students participated in tons of team building activities, including daily workshops and off-campus enrichment activities every Wednesday. Activities were geared to facilitate and foster genuine connections, encourage collaboration and establish peer discussions that would allow students to connect in an non-traditional setting.

See Photos from the Events

Student Spotlight

Meet Diego Rivera, a freshman majoring in movement science and Harris College’s first STEM Scholar.

Meet Diego

Scholars Abroad

The STEM Scholar experience isn't limited to the States. Our scholars are involved in a number of international experiences and activities.

Hear From Students About Their Trips