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Prospective Fellows

TFI targets young men of color who are talented and motivated but falling short of their full academic potential. Typical fellows hail from low or moderate-income families, have a parent or guardian without a postsecondary education, and grade point averages of 80 or higher when they apply.  Applicants submitting complete and high-quality applications by the deadline will be invited to a virtual interview, which must be attended by both the applicant and a legal guardian. 


We welcome applications from male students of color, currently enrolled in the 10th grade as of the 2020-2021 academic year who:

  • Hold a minimum weighted GPA of 2.5

  • Are on track to complete their Texas State Academic Credits by Spring 2023

  • Commit to active participation in the program for 3 Saturdays a month and 3 weeks during the summer, for 3 years

  • Demonstrate commitment to attend and participate in all TFI programming 

  • Express the willingness to learn in a space that celebrates racial/ethnic, cultural, religious and economic diversity and is committed to the inclusion and respect of all family structures, sexual and gender identities

  • Have a desire to grow personally and with a team

TFI Participant Commitments





The Fellowship Initiative is a THREE-YEAR commitment. Fellows join in their sophomore year and continue in the program until they graduate from high school. While no one knows what the future holds (thanks 2020 for teaching us that lesson over and over again!), Fellows must be prepared to make a long-term commitment to the program.  TFI Fellows attend Saturday Sessions during the school year (September-May). The Saturday Sessions occur 2-3 times a month and last for 6-8 hours at a time. Saturday Sessions will be virtual for Spring 2021, but will transition to in person as soon as it is safe to do so.  Fellows complete two enrichment experiences during each summer. One experience will be a group trip--camping, community service, or even international travel--with your TFI brothers. The other will be an experience of your own choosing--a camp, trip, or job that aligns with your personal interests and goals.