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TCU to Support Doctoral Students through Holmes Scholar Program

TCU’s College of Education will support more students from historically underrepresented communities enrolled in its doctoral programs in education through the Holmes Scholar Program. The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) program provides financial assistance, mentorship, professional development and networking to students at member institutions who self-identify as racially and ethnically diverse.

“We are proud to start the Holmes Scholar Program at TCU, providing impactful support to our underrepresented students,” said Frank Hernandez, College of Education dean. “With this program, we will build on our college’s mission to increase the number of well-qualified educators to better reflect the demographics of our communities.”

TCU will financially support up to three Holmes Scholars for three-year commitments. Those selected will receive mentoring from Holmes Scholar alumni in academia and leadership positions. They will also have the opportunity to present research at AACTE annual meetings and attend the AACTE Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

“The Holmes Scholar Program will give our students vital opportunities for leadership, professional development, advocacy and networking at the national level,” said Jan Lacina, professor and associate dean of graduate studies.

Nearly forty institutions throughout the United States participate in the program, established in 1991 with a goal of “establishing equity, diversity, and cultural competence in programs of higher education and PK-12 schools.” More than 600 students have participated in the program nationally and 200 serve in tenure-track and leadership positions, including many AACTE Board members.

Students can view selection criteria and the program application due September 16 at noon.