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Community Scholars represent the promise of broader goals

From Chancellor Boschini: TCU has undergone a significant campus transformation in recent years that extends beyond new facilities.

Six high school students pose wearing their TCU hats after accepting the Community Scholars scholarship. Photo by Leo Wesson

Photo by Leo Wesson

Community Scholars represent the promise of broader goals

From Chancellor Boschini: TCU has undergone a significant campus transformation in recent years that extends beyond new facilities.

Horned Frogs are stronger, brighter and from more diverse backgrounds than ever before — and the Community Scholars Program has played an important part in bringing this to life. 

Since 1999, our Community Scholars Program has recruited academically gifted students from area minority-majority high schools, providing them with the financial means and guidance to succeed. Most are the first in their families to attend college, and some know very little about the university just miles from their own neighborhoods.

But for other Community Scholars, attending TCU is a lifelong goal that may have seemed unattainable, and it is one of my greatest joys as chancellor to help them achieve that goal. TCU offers its Community Scholars full tuition and something we’re known for providing: a welcoming place where they can pursue their educational goals on a nurturing, personal pathway to success. The dream is as much ours as it is the students’.

Community Scholars began almost 20 years ago with a dozen recipients, when Chancellor Michael Ferrari had a vision to bring students to TCU who would better reflect our diverse society. Today, nearly 200 Community Scholars live on our campus — residency is required for a fully immersive TCU experience — and it’s a win-win scenario.

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Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.

This program is much more than a scholarship; it is both a bridge and a support system. Often our Community Scholars find themselves challenged as never before, both academically and socially, while in the embrace of a mentoring team and an inclusive, friendly community.

Our Community Scholars are more than just high-performing students — they are ambitious leaders who bring their unique perspectives and backgrounds to the Horned Frog family. Our university often competes with Ivy League institutions to attract these exceptional young men and women. They enrich the TCU experience for all of our students, faculty and staff.

The Community Scholars Program is an opportunity and a promise. A promise we make to help our students fulfill theirs. A commitment with far-reaching results, fostering success for our partnering high schools, our Community Scholar families, our community and our university. It really is a promise for the greater good.

It’s a story with heart, filled with high expectations and tears of celebration. I’m so proud and grateful to witness the paths of these students through this life-changing opportunity. The Community Scholars Program opens up a bright future not only for these deserving scholars but also for TCU and the world.

Victor J. Boschini, Jr.
v.boschini@tcu.edu