Texas Leadership Scholars Program

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Texas Leadership Scholars Program
Student Leadership Application

A&M-SA's Texas Leadership Scholars (TLS) program is supported by The Texas Higher Education Coordinator Board (THECB)

What is the Texas Leadership Scholars program?

A state-wide leadership program aimed at guiding Texas high school graduates to develop their leadership skills and continue their education at a public Texas university. Cohorts of students will be connected with peer and professional networks and mentors, participate in unique leadership development programs, and receive undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities.

Who are the Texas Leadership Scholars?

Top-performing students with demonstrated financial need, leadership in their high school community, and academic success. A new cohort of students from across the state of Texas is selected each academic year.

In addition to financial support, TLS provides the following opportunities to develop its members' leadership skills in college and beyond:

  • Connections to peer and professional networks
  • Individual mentorship
  • Opportunities for research and study abroad
  • Workshops on adjusting to and thriving in college
Scholar Awards

The Texas Leadership Scholar (TLS) award provides a last-dollar scholarship to cover the costs of tuition and fees at A&M-SA. The actual award amount varies by student after their other scholarships and grants have been applied.

In addition, the THECB provides a last-dollar scholarship to cover the average cost of housing, room, and board (up to the student's need) when combined with federal, state, and institutional aid.

As long as the student maintains eligibility, they receive this award for four academic years.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Demonstrated financial need, as evidenced by FAFSA or TASFA (must be TEXAS Grant eligible)
  • Graduating High School Senior from an accredited Texas High School.
  • Accepted to a participating 4-year institution
  • Scholastic record and ability - must be in the top 10% of the graduating class or nominated by a teacher, counselor, principal, or coach from their graduating high school.
  • Evidence of leadership and service within your high school and community
  • Complete the Application with a recommendation from a high school staff member
Application Process
Applications open for the Fall 2024 Cohort: November 1, 2023
Applications close for the Fall 2024 Cohort: February 15, 2024

Students interested in the Texas Leadership Scholars Program at TAMUSA must complete the scholarship application before the deadline. To receive the Application, they must first be nominated by a teacher, principal, counselor, etc., from their graduating high school. High school staff members can learn more about the program and request the Application here.

To learn more about the TLS program, eligibility criteria, or the application process, visit the Texas Leadership Scholars Program's main website.