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Tom Joyner Partnership Provides Scholarships for Future STEM Teachers

(AUSTIN, Texas) 6.1.15 The Tom Joyner Foundation has partnered with Huston-Tillotson University to provide scholarships for HT students seeking careers as Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) in an effort to increase the number of STEM teachers in Texas.

Through this partnership, Austin Community College, Cedar Valley College, and Tarrant Community College would serve as feeder schools, with students transferring to HT for their final four semesters. Eligible students would receive scholarships covering their entire tuition and fees. To be eligible to receive the scholarship, students must complete their first four semesters at ACC, CVC, or TCC and then transfer to HT as math or biology majors. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout their college career, and sign agreements that upon graduation, they will apply for and accept work as a teacher in Austin or Fort Worth Independent School Districts.  Dr. Ruth Kane, Chair of HT’s Department of Educator Preparation, shares her excitement, saying, “This is a great opportunity for students, as well as the school districts where they will teach.”

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As a historically black institution, Huston-Tillotson University’s mission nurtures a legacy of leadership and excellence in education, connecting knowledge, power, passion, and values.  The University offers associate and master’s degrees in addition to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 20 areas of study.

Hear about the program from Tom Joyner.

Updated: 9.19.18