The T-STEM Challenge awards merit-based scholarships in the amount of up to $2,500 per academic year to qualifying, high-achieving, full-time, Alamo Colleges District students pursuing careers in STEM and some Allied Health fields. Student eligibility is based on GPA and successful completion of courses that lead to degrees and careers in these specific fields.
Since 2012, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has awarded Alamo Colleges District approximately $5M to award scholarships to students seeking degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as in specific allied health fields.
Many Alamo Colleges District students have benefited from this scholarship program which awards qualified students with up to $1,000, each, in the fall and spring semesters, and $500 in the summer, for a total of up to $2,500 per year.
The T-STEM Challenge scholarship is based on merit (academic performance in high school and college) and does not require the student to be eligible for federal financial aid.
Awarded students may receive the T-STEM Challenge scholarship for a maximum of two academic years, and the semesters for which a scholarship is received do not need to be consecutive. Alamo Colleges District may award partial scholarships for a portion of an academic year to an eligible student.
Students in certain Allied Health fields of study eligible for the T-STEM Challenge scholarship might not be eligible for funding during the semester in which they complete academically-required clinical rotations or internships that exceed an of 15 hours per week.
Qualifying for a T-STEM Challenge scholarship
requires that a student
- Have a combined GPA of 3.0+ in high school math and science courses
- Have cumulative college GPA of 2.0+ at one of the Alamo Colleges
- Have declared an eligible STEM or Allied Health field of study
- Agree to complete 30 hours during the academic year
- Complete 80% of coursework attempted per semester
- Limit the number of hours worked in an internship, clinical rotations or employment with a T-STEM business/industry partner, to no more than an average of 15 hours per week during the semester
- If male and between 8 and 25, provide proof of Selective Services Registration
Students working toward a/an
- Associate of Science (degree for transfer equal to the first half of a B.S.)
- Core Completer (taking only basic courses to transfer to a university)
- Associate of Applied Science (two year degree for immediate job entry)
- Certificate for career development, including a/an
- CL1 (Level 1 Certificate)
- ESC (Enhanced Skills Certificate)
- ATC (Advanced Technical Certificate)
are eligible to apply for the T-STEM scholarship.
Eligible STEM and Allied Health Fields of Study
Only students who have declared and are pursuing the following Fields of Study (majors) are qualified to apply for the T-STEM Challenge scholarship:
Biology, including Pre-Professional
Industrial Technology Instrumental & Manufacturing Specializations
Power Generation & Alternative Energy
Applications are accepted continuously. To apply, students must submit
The Application Form
An official copy of their high school transcript
The Student Data Form
to their college Point of Contact (below). The Points of Contact can also provide additional information and answer questions students may have.
College Points of Contact