Help us spread the word by downloading and distributing the 2018 TCTA Scholarship flier to share with Texas high school teachers and counselors, who may nominate students for the TCTA Scholarship Program. Rather than focusing on academic records, TCTA will select award recipients based primarily on the qualities they have demonstrated and obstacles they have overcome that make them likely to succeed if given the chance.

The TCTA Scholarship Program is accepting applications through June 1, 2018. Thanks to the generosity of the late Charles and Phyllis Gottlieb, the TCTA Scholarship Program has awarded more than $874,000 since 2010, and $155,000 more is expected to be awarded in fall 2018.

A different kind of scholarship

When establishing the scholarship criteria, TCTA honored Phyllis Gottlieb's wishes, which were that educators be the ones who identify and nominate students for the scholarship and that students chosen be those who have the potential and desire to succeed in higher education but who would not likely have the opportunity to do so without assistance.


TCTA scholarships are available to assist students pursuing courses of study leading to recognized degrees at accredited two- or four-year colleges, community colleges or career/technical schools. Scholarships may be awarded in amounts up to $5,000 per year for tuition and required fees. Discounts or tuition waivers and other financial assistance received will be considered when determining the amount of the scholarship awarded. Students receiving scholarships may be eligible for renewal based on satisfaction of specific academic criteria and availability of funds.


To be nominated, a student must:

  • be a high school senior
  • be a U.S. citizen and Texas resident
  • demonstrate financial need (at or below twice the poverty level)
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • demonstrate traits of strong personal character and potential for success

Preference is given to students who are the first in their families to seek higher education. 

High school-level teacher or counselor nominations are required. TCTA membership of a nominator or the parent of a nominee is neither an advantage nor a disqualifier in the awarding of scholarships. Applicants may not be nominated by their parents.


Completed nominations/applications must be submitted by June 1, 2018, along with an official high school transcript, which may be sent by mail or email to:

TCTA Scholarship Program
PO Box 1489
Austin, TX 78767-1489

More information, including nominator forms for teachers and counselors and application forms for students, are available at