TWC Awards Grants for 1,351 Students to Attend High-Tech Summer Camps


The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded 18 grants totaling more than $1.26 million to Texas universities and community colleges for summer youth camps that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the Governor’s Summer Merit Program. The grants provide the opportunity for 1,351 students, ages 14 to 21, to attend camps that will help prepare them for future high-skill, high-demand jobs. 

“The Governor’s Summer Merit Program and the Texas Workforce Commission provide valuable tools in training students to excel, and I am proud of our colleges and universities for providing the STEM-based training that our students will need to compete in a 21st century economy,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “As our state’s workforce becomes more technologically advanced, the success of Texas depends on the skills these young minds will contribute to the growth of our workforce.”

Administered by TWC, the effort is part of the Governor’s Summer Merit Program, which aims to inspire Texas youth to pursue STEM-related careers. The camps introduce students to advanced technologies and manufacturing, aerospace and defense, biotechnology and life sciences, information and computer technology and energy.

TWC is proud to support these wonderful opportunities for students participating in the Governor’s Summer Merit Program to gain valuable skills through STEM education and career exploration,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar.  “Thanks to the contributions of our university and community college grantees, students will be better positioned for future success in high-demand careers in Texas’ dynamic economy.”  

Several of the camps are specifically targeted to encourage young women and minorities to pursue further education and careers in STEM fields.

“It is important to provide young bright Texans who are interested in STEM fields with the opportunity to prepare for future careers in innovative industries,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs, “The Governor’s Summer Merit Program will also provide our Texas employers with a highly skilled talent pipeline.”

Some students will have the opportunity to take field trips that will give them access to high-tech equipment, such as 3-D printers and electron telescopes, while others will visit science and engineering facilities and have the opportunity to meet and speak with industry professionals.

TWC supports programs that give students a head start toward the careers that will lead to economic prosperity for Texas and the Governor’s Summer Merit Program does just that,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

The Summer Merit Program scholarships awarded to area grant recipients are:

  • Eastfield College, $27,693 – 60 scholarships for the G-STEM Camps for students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM careers. Camps include Teens Accounting, Cybersecurity Technology, 3-D with Computer Aided Drafting Design and Electron Robotics.
  • Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), $29,140 – 35 scholarships for the TEES BioFORCE camps. Students will learn about cutting-edge research, medical discoveries and bio manufacturing to prepare them for college programs.
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), $41,557 – 40 scholarships for the TEEX Cyber Innovation Summer Camp. Students will learn about computer hardware, secure software/application development, encryption/decryption, cybersecurity and coding.
  • Texas A&M University, $100,000 – 75 scholarships for the Aggie STEM Camps. Students will learn about STEM activities that are product driven with sale and marketing application potential.
  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, $58,013 – 60 scholarships for STARS Camps with concentrations in Biotech, Chemistry and Physics.

The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit To receive notifications about TWC programs and services subscribe to our email updates.

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