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Stelos Scholars

Program Background

The Stelos Scholars Program is a highly competitive scholars’ program for community-minded and intellectually gifted young leaders selected from among the university’s top-level scholarship recipients. Through personal involvement and mentorship from Texas State faculty and accomplished alumni and community leaders, each Stelos Scholar develops the knowledge and skills to reach their potential and become a leader of consequence.

Read more about the first cohort of Stelos Scholars in the fall 2021 edition of Hillviews.

Note: You must be logged-in to using your TXST NetID and/or Bobcat email to submit an application.

Applications to join the fall 2022 cohort of the Stelos Scholars will open on January 3, 2022 and close on March 4, 2022.

Summer workshop dates for the 2022 cohort are June 18, 2022 through June 25, 2022. Please ensure you are available to attend these program dates before you apply.

Are you a faculty or staff member at TXST? Do you know a student who seems like a good match for the Stelos Scholars? Send us their information using the nomination form above.


Stelos Scholars celebrate before final showcase.

Stelos 2021: Summer Workshop


Students are encouraged to apply for the Stelos Scholars after earning at least 30 college credits. To be eligible, students must have at least 4 remaining long semesters (fall, spring) at Texas State.

Students who are not already members of the Honors College will automatically become members upon selection as a Stelos Scholar. To learn more about the Honors College, and why you should join, click here.

PART 1: Summer Intensive

After being accepted as a Stelos Scholars, students will participate in a week long summer workshop designed to challenge them to think deeply and meaningfully about a problem facing our community. Residency on the TXST campus is required for the summer intensive. All room, board, and activities will be provided at no cost to the students. In the summer of 2022, students will undertake a "design sprint" working in partnership with a local community organization.

In the summer of 2022, program dates will run June 18, 2022 through June 25, 2022.

PART 2: Fall Course

After completing the summer intensive, students return to campus in the fall semester and enroll in an Honors College course with other Stelos Scholars. In the fall of 2022, this course will be HON 3397J, "Extraordinary Leadership," taught by Prof. Bill Poston. (Note that the Stelos Scholars program does not cover tuition.)

PART 3: Spring Travel

After successfully completing the fall semester course, students will travel as a cohort to visit with Bobcat alumni and other professionals working in companies and organizations in their field of interest. Possible locations include New York City, San Francisco, or similar. There is no cost to the student for any aspect of the travel experience.

PART 4: Senior Seminar

In their final fall semester at TXST, Stelos Scholars reconvene in the classroom in a course designed to help them launch a significant research or creative project. Whether focused on an Honors Thesis or a post-graduate fellowship, these projects will be a showcase opportunity for students in the program. (Note that the Stelos Scholars program does not cover tuition.)

How to Join

Eligibility Requirements

Any undergraduate student at Texas State is eligible to apply. Applicants must have completed at least 30 credit hours and must plan to remain enrolled at TXST for least 4 semesters after acceptance into the program.

To be considered, applicants must complete and submit an application form. The form includes questions about an applicant's academic background as well as several short answer questions about leadership and intellectual curiosity.

Otherwise, there are no absolute expectations for academic performance (for example, there is no minimum GPA requirement). Each application will receive a holistic review by multiple readers.

A few terms and conditions

By applying to join the Stelos Scholars, students agree to participate in all aspects of the program—both curricular (courses) and co-curricular (travel, summer intensive).

Although Stelos is not a "scholarship" program, in that no tuition reimbursement is provided, all other aspects of the program are provided without charge to the student. There is no additional cost for any aspect of the summer intensive or the travel experience: transportation costs, activity fees, room, and board are covered by the program for all workshop and travel experiences. Please note, however, that the Stelos Scholars does not cover Texas State University tuition and fees; nor does the Stelos Scholars provide funding for on-campus room and board during the regular school year.

Status as a Stelos Scholar is a privilege, not a right. Student behavioral and academic records will be assessed prior to receiving final travel permission, and benefits may be revoked if we believe students have acted in a manner that demonstrates severe lack of good judgement.