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.

How It Works

  • Get $5,000 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 any high school within the ACC service area.

2. Be TSI complete in English and writing, and have a minimum math TSI score of 345, minimum TSIA 2.0  math score of 944, 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:

  • Arts, Digital Media & Communications
    • Visual Communication - Level 2 Certificate, Associate of Applied of Applied Science (User Experience Design)
  • Business
      • Accounting/Finance
      • Business Administration
      • Fashion Design
      • Fashion Marketing
      • Hospitality/Culinary (articulation agreement with the University of Houston Hilton School for Hotel and Restaurant Management)
      • International Business
      • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
      • Management
      • Marketing
      • Real Estate
      • Office Administration
  • Computer Sciences, Information Technology, Engineering
      • Computer Information Technology - Level 1, 2, Occupational Skills Award or Associates of Applied Science
      • Computer Science -  Associates of Science
      • Computer Programming (App ACCelerator: Austin Can Code) - Associates of Applied Science, Level 1
      • Bachelor of Applied Science in Software Development
      • Engineering (chemical, civil, electrical, etc in TPE Institute, first step in TAMU-Chevron Engineering Academy) 
  • Education
      • Teacher Certification (TechTeach)
      • Education Instruction
      • Health and Kinesiology
      • Exercise Science/Personal Trainer
  • Health Care
      • Dental Hygiene - Associates of Applied Science
      • Diagnostic Medical Imaging - Radiology Technician
      • Emergency Medical Services (Paramedicine)
      • Health Information Technology
      • Medical Laboratory Technology
      • Nursing; LVN, RN, BSN
      • Occupational Therapy Assistant
      • Pharmacy Technician
      • Physical Therapy Assistant
      • Surgical Technology
      • Sonography
      • Veterinary Technician
  • Manufacturing/Skilled Trades (DMCAT)
      • Agricultural Sciences
      • Architectural & Engineering Computer Aided Design
      • Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology
      • Automotive Technology
      • Building & Construction Technology
      • Engineering Technology - manufacturing, electronics, & power technology, renewable energy, engineering technology, etc. Awards leads to jobs calibrating and maintaining automated systems.
      • Geographic Information Systems
      • Geospatial Engineering
      • HVAC/HART
      • Manufacturing
      • Welding Technology
  • Public & Social Services
      • Criminal Justice  - Level 1, Associate of Applied Science (Texas Peace Officer); Associate of Applied Science (Law Enforcement)
      • Fire Protection Technology - Level 1, Associate of Applied Science (Firefighter/Fire Protection Technology.

5. Must apply for FAFSA or TASFA

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.