Transformational Leadership Academy

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About the Program
The Transformational Leadership Academy (TLA) program hosted by Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a five-night summer residential experience for 24 current high school sophomores and juniors from under-represented populations attending a San Antonio District High School. Through hands-on activities, the TLA program will provide students and their family, with the opportunity to experience first-hand collegiate life at A&M-San Antonio. Students will have an opportunity to sit in on an introduction to leadership and entrepreneurship class where they will study real-life scenarios and business practices. The culmination of the program will include students delivering a business pitch that will be judged by local business partners. Overall, the program will provide students and their families with exposure to a collegiate environment and increase their college knowledge as they prepare to begin their college application process.

Apply to participate in this program today!


Program FAQ's

  1. Current high school sophomores and juniors Interested in going to a college or university after high school
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.75
  3. Current high school sophomores and juniors from under-represented populations within South Bexar county attending one of the ASPIRE schools listed below. 

Alamo Heights ISD
Alamo Heights High School
Alamo Heights Robbins Academy

Boerne ISD
Champion High School
Boerne High School

East Central ISD
Bexar County Learning Center
CAST Lead High School
Bexar County Learning Center

Edgewood ISD
Edgewood Fine Arts Academy
John F. Kennedy High School
Memorial High School

Floresville ISD
Floresville High School

Fort Sam Houston ISD
Robert G. Cole High School

Harlandale ISD
Harlandale High School
McCollum High School
STEM Early College
Frank Tejeda Academy
Harlandale Alternative Center

Judson ISD
Judson Early College Academy
Judson High School
Judson Learning Academy
Veterans Memorial High School
Wagner High School

La Vernia ISD
La Vernia High School

Lackland ISD
Virginia Allred Stacey Jr-Sr High School

Medina Valley ISD
Medina Valley High School

North East ISD
Academy of Creative Education
STEM Academy High School
Roosevelt High School
Reagan High School
North East School of the Art (NESA)
North East Alternative Center
Madison High School
MacArthur High School
Legacy of Educational Excellence (LEE) High School
Johnson High School
International School of Americas
Institute of CyberSecurity & Innovation
Engineering & Technologies (ETA) @Roosevelt
Design and Technology (DATA) @Roosevelt
Churchill High School
Career & Technical Education Center
Agriscience Magnet Program (AMP)

Randolph Field ISD
Randolph High School

Somerset ISD
Somerset High School
ZECLA High School

South San Antonio ISD
Advanced Learning Academy
Brackenridge, Bubank
Evening FLEX High School
Fox Tech
Sm Houston
Phoenix Middle College
St. Philip's ECHS
Travis ECHS
Young Women's Leadership Academy

Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD
Byron P. Stelle II High School

Somerset ISD
Somerset High School
West Campus High School

Southside ISD
Southside High School
Early College High School

Southwest ISD
Southwest High School
Southwest Legacy High School
CAST STEM High School


By participating in the Transformational Leadership Academy (TLA), you will have an opportunity to:

  • Experience living in a university dorm room for 6 days
  • Attend introduction to leadership and entrepreneurship class where you will study real-life scenarios and business practices
  • Attend social events on campus organized by current Texas A&M University-San Antonio
  • Learn about the college application process from our admissions office
  • Receive a laptop and hotspot
  • If you decide to attend Texas A&M University-San Antonio your first year of college, you will receive a $500 scholarship

July 18-23, 2021 at Texas A&M University- San Antonio

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 14, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Final Selection Notifications: Friday, June 11, 2021

Virtual Student Orientation: Tuesday June 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Yes, be prepared to answer the following question:  What are your long-term goals? How do you think participation in the Transformational Leadership Academy will help you achieve them? 300-word max.

Thanks to the generosity and partnership with the 80/20 Foundation, the summer residential program is FREE for all participants.  Texas A&M University-San Antonio will provide you with roundtrip transportation to campus, room and board, all meals, and program supplies.

No, all students will be placed in their own room. Social distancing precautions will be taken throughout the entirety of the program. All participants will be required to wear a mask.

Family members will be invited to participate in the welcome and closing reception of the program.

Once a student receives their admittance to the TLA program, they will be sent liability forms and a contract that must be signed and returned to the Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders to confirm program participation. Attendance at the virtual welcome orientation will be required, scheduled for Tuesday June 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM.


Application - Transformational Leadership Academy 

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