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About Community Scholars

At Texas Christian University, we believe a diverse community is essential to a quality education. The Community Scholars Program was created to meet this goal. This elite program has grown to include thirteen underrepresented public high schools where top students are recruited for full-ride scholarships to TCU.

These high schools include: Diamond Hill-Jarvis, Dunbar, North Side, O.D. Wyatt, Polytechnic, South Hills, Trimble Technical, Young Men’s Leadership Academy, Sam Houston (Arlington), Lincoln (Dallas), DeSoto, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy (Dallas) and David W. Carter (Dallas).

We champion your dreams. TCU provides Community Scholars with outstanding leadership skills, and the necessary support to be successful members of the TCU community. Our long-term goal is to help them attain their full potential, including
advanced degrees, and to help them become the next generation of community and business leaders.

Approximately 40 of the best applicants join our freshman class each year. These students receive academic and career support, and opportunities to participate in leadership and social activities.

 

Academic and Career Support

What to expect as a TCU Community Scholar:

  • Faculty mentoring
  • Access to tutors
  • The latest technology resources
  • Invitations to cultural events
  • Resources for study abroad and internship programs
  • Opportunities to apply for undergraduate research assistant positions
  • Targeted academic and personal support
  • Guaranteed access to Freshman Seminars
  • Connections classes that explore topics through activities and discussions that matter most to you as a new TCU student
  • Support with career planning and development activities, including help finding direct job experience on and off campus

 

2020-21 Important Dates

  • Complete TCU application due (Early Action deadline) 
  • Financial aid forms due. CSS Profile (cssprofile.org) and FAFSA or TASFA  (fafsa.gov or tasfa.org) are both required.
First round interviews with selected semi-finalists 
 Scholarship finalists dinner on the TCU campus 
 Scholarship finalists attend a one-day interview on the TCU campus  with TCU faculty, staff and community leaders 
Students attend Experience TCU (optional)
 Community Scholars award winners notified

 

Checklist 

tcu.edu/apply (application fee waived)

Choose one from any of the prompts provided by the TCU application, the Common Application or ApplyTexas. Only one essay submission is required.

TCU is test optional for the high school class of 2021. Visit the Frog Blog for more information. 

TCU College Board code is 6820 and ACT code is 4206, but we welcome self-reported scores e-mailed to frogmail@tcu.edu

Must be sent from the high school electronically or in a sealed and signed envelope. Transcripts sent from applicants will not be accepted.
 
 Must be filed by November 1. TCU's CSS code is 6820
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) must be filed by November 1TCU’s FAFSA code is 003636. 
 See below for details

 

Essay

For the Community Scholars Program, completion of the Community Scholars Essay is required in addition to the essay requirement of TCU’s Application for Undergraduate Admission.

This additional essay tells us more about you and allows you to demonstrate your writing skills, organizational skills, creativity, and imagination. Your essay should be 300-400 words in length. You may submit your essay by logging on to the MyTCU Portal and clicking the Community Scholars link. Please choose from one of the following prompts:

  1. What impact do you hope to have on the TCU campus or in your community if you are chosen as a Community Scholar?
  2. How have you grown or changed from your freshman year of high school to now?

 

Contact

Questions?

Contact Maribel Lomeli
Senior Admission Counselor-Access Initiatives
commscholars@tcu.edu or maribel.lomeli@tcu.edu

Or call the TCU Office of Admission at
817-257-7490 or 800-TCU-FROG (828-3764).