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Tom Joyner Foundation

Teacher Quality Initiative (TQI) Scholarships at Texas HBCUs

  • start your teaching career debt free
  • make a difference in your community
  • Limited scholarships – Click HERE!

The Teacher Quality Initiative Provides Dallas County Promise Students with Transfer Scholarships to Include:

  • Covers the last two years of tuition and fees at participating HBCUs (after financial aid)
  • Placement assistance as AVID tutors in local schools @ $10-12 dollars per hour
  • Mentoring support from Tom Joyner Foundation throughout the program
  • Assistance with placement in first teaching position
  • Opportunities to attend master teacher summer seminars
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Prairie View A&M University

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with Mathematics Certification 4-8

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with Science Certification 4-8

Prairie View A&M University
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Paul Quinn College

Interdisciplinary: Early Childhood- Grade 6

Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies with Mathematics Certification in 4-8 or 7-12.

Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies with Science Certification in 4-8 or 7-12.

Paul Quinn College
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Huston-Tillotson University

BA Biology with Life Science Certification 7-12

BA Mathematics with Mathematics Certification 7-12

BA Education with Technology Certification 8-12

Huston-Tillotson University
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Wiley College

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with Mathematics Certification

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with Life Science Certification

Wiley College
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Jarvis Christian College

BS in Mathematics 4-8, Mathematics 8-12,
Science 4-8 or Life Science (Biology) 8-12

Jarvis Christian College
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Texas Southern University

BS in Interdisciplinary Studies in Mathematics 4-8,
Science 4-8, or Mathematics/Science 4-8

Jarvis Christian College
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Texas College

BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with Certification in Life Science 7-12, Mathematics 4-8 or Science 4-8

Jarvis Christian College

How the Tom Joyner Foundation – Teacher Quality Initiative (TJF-TQI) Scholarship Works

Choose your pathway

Do you have or are you close to completing 60 hours of course work in the selected degrees? If you answered “yes” to the above questions, follow the below steps:


Step1: Select your guided pathway from the degree you want to earn listed on the front of this flyer

Step 2: Apply for admission to a Texas HBCU

Step 3: Complete the FAFSA / TASFA

Step 4: E-mail Dr. Cornell Thomas and let him know:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The Texas HBCU you applied to
  • The degree you want to earn

(Remember: Your degree plan must be one of the selections on the front of this flyer)

Step 5: If you are admitted to the Texas HBCU you selected, contact Dr. Thomas and provide the following:

  • Your transcript
  • Your billing statement and all financial aid information, including if you received a TEACH grant.
  • Your course schedule

Step 6: TJF-TQI will use the above information to pay the balance of your tuition and fees

Are you just starting your college course work or do you have have less than 60 hours? If you answered “yes” to the above questions, follow the below steps:


Click on Dallas County Promise link and follow the pledge process.

Once you have completed and obtained close to 60 credit hours, you will be eligible to start the steps for the TJF-TQI scholarship.


If you answered “yes” but the Dallas County Promise does not apply to you, click on the following link and select which DCCCD college you want to apply to and follow the process for admittance.

Once you have completed and obtained close to 60 credit hours, you will be eligible to start the steps for the TJF-TQI scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I apply for the TJF-TQI scholarship? Follow the steps listed above.

How do I obtain a copy of the DCCCD guided pathways for the degrees listed with the TJF-TQI scholarship? Go to www.dcccd.edu/cd/gps/pages/default.aspx and select the degree pathway that applies to you.

Do I need to be a full-time student? You need to complete at least 30 credit hours towards your teaching degree each academic year. Some students will cover the 30 hours during a fall and spring semester cycle. Other students will add summer and/or winter courses to reach the minimum 30 hours per academic year requirement.

How do I continue to receive the scholarship each semester? Submit your transcript each semester, billing statement showing all aid and your course schedule to Dr. Cornell Thomas.

How do I apply for the TEACH Grant? Please go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach and follow the directions.


For more questions about this opportunity,
contact Dr. Cornell Thomas at cornell.thomas@tomjoynerfoundation.org
Learn more about the Tom Joyner Foundation at https://tomjoynerfoundation.org