Scholarships

The Tijerina Foundation provides academic scholarships to highly qualified students.

The Far Horizons and Memorial scholarships are awarded to qualifying Rio Grande Valley high school graduates.

The Medical School Scholarship is awarded to qualifying Rio Grande Valley high school graduates who have been accepted at Texas A&M University Medical School.

    Far Horizons Scholarships

    The Far Horizons Scholarships* are awarded to qualifying high school graduates accepted for admission at any accredited Texas college, university or vocational school.

    These scholarships are one year in duration and provide up to $3,000 for tuition, books and other school mandated fees.

    Far Horizons Scholarships are awarded to qualifying US citizens who have been recommended by their Rio Grande Valley-area high school based upon the Foundation’s criteria. To be considered, candidates must submit a curriculum vitae exhibiting academic proficiency, leadership and community involvement, as well as a written essay describing their life experience, motivation and career goals.

Memorial Scholarships

The Tijerina Foundation awards Memorial Scholarships** to qualifying Rio Grande Valley graduating high school seniors accepted for admission to the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, the University of Houston or the University of Texas at San Antonio.

These scholarships are for a 4-year period and provide up to $10,000 per year for tuition, books and school mandated fees.

Memorial Scholarships are awarded to qualifying US citizens who have been recommended by their Rio Grande Valley area high schools based upon the Foundation’s criteria. To be considered, candidates must submit a curriculum vitae exhibiting academic proficiency, leadership and community involvement, as well as a written essay describing their life experience, motivation and career goals.

Medical School Scholarship

The Tijerina Foundation currently supports the Tijerina Foundation Medical School Scholarship for study at Texas A & M University Medical School.

This scholarship covers a 4-year period and provides up to $25,000 per year for tuition, books and school mandated fees.

The Medical School Scholarship is awarded to a qualifying US citizen who has graduated from a Rio Grande Valley high school, has been accepted into the Texas A&M University medical school program and has been recommended for the scholarship by Texas A&M University. To be considered, candidates must submit a curriculum vitae exhibiting academic proficiency, leadership and community involvement, as well as a written essay describing their life experience, motivation and career goals.

Scholarship Eligibility & Criteria

Scholarship applications may be submitted solely through high schools approved by the Tijerina Foundation to participate in the scholarship program. The list of approved schools is modified from year to year in order to permit students from different school districts to participate in the scholarship program.

The Tijerina Foundation DOES NOT accept scholarship applications directly from students. Students interested in Tijerina Foundation scholarships should contact their school’s financial aid guidance counselors to determine if their school is currently eligible to participate in the program. Schools interested in participating in the scholarship program should contact the Tijerina Foundation to determine if they are eligible.

Participating schools are required to set up a screening committee to evaluate and recommend scholarship candidates. Each school and its screening committee will be responsible for the selection and nomination of scholarship candidates based on minimum criteria established by the Tijerina Foundation. The minimum criteria includes the following:

  • graduate in the top 25% of the graduating class at an eligible school as evidenced by an official transcript;
  • attain a minimum ACT Composite score of 22 (with at least 19 English and 19 Math) or a minimum SAT score of 1,000 (with at least 500 Verbal and 500 Math);
  • be accepted and enrolled as a full-time (minimum 12 hours) student at an accredited vocational school, college or university in the state of Texas;
  • a curriculum vitae listing all extracurricular activities and demonstrating community service and leadership;
  • a completed and signed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form;
  • demonstrate financial need by providing a Student Aid Report (SAR) showing an Expected Family Contribution of $7,000 or below;
  • evidence of United States citizenship;
  • written essay describing life experience, motivation and career goals

Nominated scholarship candidates are then subject to review and approval by the Tijerina Foundation to ensure that they meet the minimum criteria.

* Recipients of the Far Horizon Scholarships receive a one-time, one year, $3,000 grant for use at any accredited Texas vocational school, college or university for books and tuition and any other mandatory enrollment fee toward a recognized degree plan. The scholarship funds are paid by the Tijerina Foundation directly to the school where the scholarship recipients have been accepted for enrollment. If the scholarship recipients withdraw from their school before completing the full first year, fail to maintain full-time enrollment or fail to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, all unused/unearned scholarship funds must be returned to the Foundation and the scholarship recipients are no longer eligible for the remaining scholarship funds. Scholarship funds not used within one year of the original award must be returned to the Foundation.

**Recipients of the Memorial Scholarships receive a maximum grant of $40,000 for use at the University of Texas system, the Texas A&M University system, the University of Houston system, or the University of Texas at San Antonio for tuition, books and other mandatory enrollment fees toward a recognized degree plan. The scholarship funds are paid up to a maximum of $5,000 per semester, not to exceed $10,000 per calendar year over 4 consecutive years, and not to exceed $40,000 for the entire scholarship. Scholarship funds are paid by the Tijerina Foundation directly to the university where the scholarship recipients are enrolled. If the scholarship recipients fail to maintain full-time enrollment, fail to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or withdraw from the university, all unused/unearned scholarship funds must be returned to the Foundation, and the scholarship recipients are no longer eligible for the remaining scholarship funds.

*** Recipients of the Medical School Scholarships receive a maximum grant of $100,000 for use at the Texas A&M University Medical School for tuition, books and other mandatory enrollment fees toward a recognized medical degree plan. The scholarship funds are paid up to a maximum of $25,000 per year over 4 consecutive years, not to exceed $100,000 for the entire scholarship. Scholarship funds are paid by the Tijerina Foundation directly to the university where the scholarship recipients are enrolled. If the scholarship recipients fail to maintain full-time enrollment, fail to maintain the required minimum GPA, or withdraw from the university, all unused/unearned scholarship funds must be returned to the Foundation, and the scholarship recipients are no longer eligible for the remaining scholarship funds.