Become a Holmes Scholar

Applications for the program are currently closed.

Please contact Dr. Jan Lacina, the program director for the TCU Holmes Scholars, for more information.

Benefits of the Holmes Scholar Program:

  • Membership in a national network of peers with access to dedicated online social networks
  • Mentoring opportunities by Holmes Scholar alumni currently in academia and other leadership positions
  • Opportunities to present their research at the AACTE Annual Meeting
  • Dedicated mentoring programs at the AACTE Annual Meeting
  • A job fair at the AACTE Annual Meeting and access to position announcements through the year
  • Annual Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., including participation in AACTE’s Day on the Hill and networking events associated with the AACTE State Leaders Institute
  • Leadership and professional development opportunities at the national level, such as participation in conference presentations and policy/advocacy training

Selection Criteria

Individuals eligible for selection as AACTE Holmes Scholars must:

  • Be enrolled in a doctoral program within the College of Education
  • Self-identify as members of racially and ethnically diverse groups traditionally underrepresented in the education professoriate or in leadership position, or education research fields.
  • Currently or plan to engage in the following types of research:
    • Teacher education (preservice and/or in-service)
    • School-based focus (e.g., educational administration/leadership, science education, curriculum studies, or counseling)
    • Educational research focus (e.g., educational measurement and statistics, qualitative inquiry).
    • Or other areas related to education
  • Agree to participate in university-school-community collaborative partnership arrangements, for research, service, or advocacy activities.


To apply to become a Holmes Scholar in TCU’s College of Education, please complete an application for the program. Required application materials include:

  • A 3-4 page curriculum vitae
  • A 2-3 page statement outlining:
    • Describe your professional goals.
    • Describe your commitment to scholarship, educational practice, and improvement.
    • Why do you want to be a TCU Holmes Scholar?
    • How you plan to contribute to the program?

Holmes Scholar Expectations

Awardees are expected to:

  • Serve a 3-year term
  • Participate in the AACTE Annual Meeting, including the Holmes Scholars preconference events
  • Submit proposals to present their research at the AACTE Annual Meeting each year they are in the program
  • Participate at least once in the AACTE Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute and AACTE Day on the Hill
  • Participate in at least one other education conference, such as that of the American Educational Research Association, the Association of Teacher Educators, or another organization within their discipline
  • Propose and implement a project that relates to or forwards the goals of AACTE and authentically engages them in advocacy, policy, service, or research work that furthers high-quality and equitable educator preparation
  • Participate in activities and meetings sponsored by the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni (NAHSA) during their final year in the Holmes Scholars Program (some of which occur at the AACTE Annual Meeting)
  • Consider affiliate membership in NAHSA during their final year in the program