STEM Scholar Program

A highly competitive academic scholarship program for the brightest, most talented, underrepresented students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).

Currently in its fifth year, the STEM Scholar program at TCU represents one of TCU’s most ambitious programs. The full four-year scholarships provide academic support and leadership development to increase the numbers of the best and brightest students from underrepresented populations to pursue degrees in STEM. These impressive students positively impact the strength and vitality of the TCU community through their academic achievements, community involvement and commitment to the greater good.


Cumulative GPA >3.54

100% Retention Rate

Full 4-year Scholarship





We welcome applications from high school students who:

  • currently attend high school in the North Central Texas Region: Wise, Denton, Collin, Hunt, Palo Pinto, Parker, Tarrant, Dallas, Rockwall, Kaufman, Erath, Hood, Somervell, Johnson, Ellis and Navarro counties.
  • are underrepresented in STEM fields. The National Science Foundation defines underrepresented groups in STEM as Black, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native.
  • plan to pursue a STEM major while at TCU. You may change your field of study to another STEM field while at TCU.

STEM Majors at TCU

  • Applied Geoscience; Astronomy & Physics
  • Bachelor of Combined Science; Biochemistry; Biology; Business Information Systems
  • Chemistry; Computer Information Technology; Computer Science
  • Data 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)

Benefits Beyond the Scholarship

  • 4-week Summer Enrichment Experience includes “Intro to Scientific Thinking” class
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Educational Travel and Study Abroad
  • Mentoring
  • Networking
  • Internships
  • Academic Workshops
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Tutoring
  • Weekly Meetings
  • Academic Advising


Our Team

Program Director: Zoranna Jones, Ph.D.
Graduate Assistant: Sophia Green 

Student Spotlight

Meet Sydney Thomas, who plans to pursue a career in movement science and kinesiology.

Meet Sydney

An Award-Winning Program

TCU’s STEM Scholar program is garnering accolades and national recognition for its contribution to diversifying STEM fields.

Learn More About Our Awards

Meet Our First STEM Scholar Graduates

These impressive students were TCU's first STEM Scholars. They graduated in 2022.

Watch the video as they recount their four-year experience.

The Woman with the Vision

Zoranna Taylor Jones ’98 MS ’07 founded TCU STEM Scholars as a life-changing program to support underrepresented and first-gen students who excel in STEM.

Discover her passion for helping students in this interview with TCU Magazine

Scholars as Leaders

TCU's STEM Scholars lead the way both on and off campus to influence their community.

Read More about TCU STEM Scholars serving their community

Scholars Abroad

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

Hear From Students About Their Trips

Student Spotlight

Meet Rose Ibarra, majoring in engineering to create solutions to problems the world may encounter.

Meet Rose

Team Building

Through the Summer Enrichment program, each cohort of TCU STEM Scholars participates in a variety of team-building activities, including daily workshops and off-campus enrichment exercises, geared to foster connections and encourage collaboration and discussions beyond the school setting.

See Photos from the Events