SB 1066

84(R) - 2015
Senate Higher Education
Senate Higher Education
Higher Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Judith Zaffirini

Bill Caption

Relating to continuing eligibility requirements for institutions of higher education to participate in the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship Program.

Fiscal Notes

There is no fiscal implication to the State or local government.

Bill Analysis

SB 1066 would amend the continuing eligibility requirements for higher education institutions to participate in the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship program. Currently, the state requires that the institution show that at least 70 percent of T-STEM Challenge Scholarship recipients either are employed in a STEM field or enrolled in an upper-division program leading to a STEM degree two years after implementation of a scholarship.

This bill would allow an institution three years, instead of two years, to demonstrate results for continuing participation. Institutions would only be required to show that recipients are employed in any field or enrolled in courses leading to a certificate, associate's, or baccalaureate STEM degree. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill neither affirms or abridges any of our liberty principles, therefore we are neutral on this legislation. There is not enough information available to determine if it is too difficult to meet the current requirements of the program or if extending the evaluation period by one year will sufficiently address those potential difficulties..