High School Career Scholars

Jumpstart Your Career

Career Scholars provides all-inclusive support for graduating high school seniors wanting to begin a career immediately after graduating from Austin Community College. Participants work toward a certificate or associate degree in a field that was identified by the Texas Workforce Commission as having high demand and earning potential. As a Career Scholar, you’ll get a world-class education, the opportunity to work with industry mentors, and up to $5,000 for tuition and fees.

How It Works

  • Get $5,000 for tuition and fees disbursed over a period of up to 3 years. 
  • Enroll full-time at ACC for the fall semester after high school.
  • Complete a workforce credential within three years.
  • Complete the FAFSA/TASFA annually.
  • Receive hands-on, wraparound support and access to scholarship advocates, academic advisors, career mentors, and faculty.
  • Get to know your peers by participating in a learning community. 
  • Be an active member of the ACC community by attending growth and professional development workshops and enrichment activities throughout the year.
  • Inspire future Career Scholars by serving as a program ambassador. 

Who Is Eligible

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

1. Be a graduating senior from one of the following high schools:

  • Akins
  • Crockett
  • Del Valle
  • Eastside Memorial
  • Elgin
  • LBJ
  • Manor ECHS
  • Manor Senior High
  • Navarro
  • Northeast
  • Round Rock ECHS
  • Travis

2. Be TSI complete in English and writing, and have a minimum math TSI score of 345 (or HB 5 Course Prep waiver)

3. Enroll full time at ACC for the Fall semester after high school

4. Major in one of these career areas:

  • Business
  • Computer Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Applied Tech/Skilled Trades

Ready to apply? 

To apply for the scholarship, use your ACCeID credentials to sign in to the Academicworks application system and follow the prompts. NOTE: You must be enrolled at ACC for Fall 2021 and have an ACCeID prior to applying for this scholarship.

We're here to help.  

Email us at careerscholars@austincc.edu to schedule a meeting with a Career Scholars coordinator or ask questions. 

If you’re a school administrator, please reach out! We’d love to talk to your students about the program.