Texas Scholars

Texas Scholars is an initiative of the Texas Business and Education Coalition.

Tech Prep Texas Scholars is a recognition program organized by the Tech Prep Board in collaboration with the Texas Business and Education Coalition, to encourage students to enroll in, and complete, Tech Prep programs.


What must I do to be a Tech Prep Texas Scholar?

To be a Tech Prep Texas Scholar, a student must do all four of these things:

  1. Complete all courses required by the Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program.

  2. Complete the high school portion of a six- or eight-year plan of study–that includes, in high school, a coherent sequence of two or more career and technical education courses for 3 or more credits.

  3. Complete at least two college-level Tech Prep courses as part of your high school graduation plan. Each “college-level Tech Prep course” must meet all of the following requirements:

    • must be a career and technical education course taken in high school

    • must be either an articulated course for which you have earned a grade of 80 or better or a dual/concurrent-enrollment course for which you have earned a passing grade

    • must be a course that is included in a Tech Prep program of study plan at one of the following local colleges: South Texas College, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Texas Southmost College, Coastal Bend College, or another college that offers programs not available in the Valley

    When you take college-level Tech Prep courses, you are creating a scholarship for yourself. Students who take these courses may earn between 3 and 15–or more!–college credit hours without being charged tuition at the college. The number of courses you take will depend on the requirements of the Tech Prep program that interests you.

  4. Complete a declaration of intent to be a Tech Prep Texas Scholar

The Recommended High School Program and the Distinguished Achievement Program
The Recommended High School Program and Distinguished Achievement Program are rigorous academic programs recommended for all students by the State Board of Education. The curriculum creates a 26-credit high school graduation plan with choices of elective options:

English 4 credits
Mathematics 4 credits
Science 4 credits
Social Studies 4 credits
Foreign Language 2 or 3* credits
Physical Education 1.0 credits
Fine Arts 1.0 credit
Speech 0.5 credit
Electives 5.5 or 4.5 credits*
**Distinguished Achievement Program.
(The DAP also requires “advanced measures.” Check with your counselor.)

Prep Texas Scholars must follow approved College Tech Prep programs of study that include
career and technical education courses. Taking the appropriate sequence of these courses with at least two being college-level Tech Prep courses will ensure that you meet the requirements to graduate as a Tech Prep Texas Scholar.

Your high school counselor can provide you with the detailed information regarding the courses you will need to take.

Rewards for Tech Prep Texas Scholars

Seniors who graduate as Tech Prep Texas Scholars qualify for these rewards:

Graduation Honors:
Tech Prep Texas Scholars will receive recognition at graduation, such as a special Tech Prep Honor Cord and Tech Prep Texas Scholar certificate.

Scholarship Competition:
Tech Prep Texas Scholars are eligible to compete for one of the Dr. Lauro F. Cavazos Tech Prep Scholarships... (This is in addition to the savings of earning college credits in high school through Tech Prep.)

Distinguished Achievement Program:
College-level Tech Prep courses may satisfy “advanced measure” requirements for the Distinguished Achievement Program.

State Financial Reward Programs:
There are many state financial-incentive programs available to students who complete the requirements of the Tech Prep Texas Scholars program. For example, Tech Prep Texas Scholars who qualify for financial assistance become eligible for a program passed by the Texas Legislature: the Texas Grant program. This may provide all tuition and fees for public colleges and universities in Texas; however, grant funds are administered on a first-come-first-served basis. There are other state-funded programs, such as the B-on-Time Student Loan Program, offering 0% interest rate and an opportunity for loans to be forgiven if student graduates with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

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