Temple College has received a $20,000 grant from the Temple Health and Bioscience District to support students participating in the Texas Bioscience Institute (TBI) Middle College program.

The TBI Middle College program offers highly motivated high school students the opportunity to earn up to 60 college credit hours in a STEM–focused (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum while they are still in high school. The program currently enrolls 130 students from 12 school districts in Bell County plus home-schooled students. Temple College recently announced plans to expand the program to East Williamson County in fall 2021.

$12,000 of the grant will go toward scholarships for students who want to participate in the TBI program. Only four ISDs currently cover some or all of the costs for their students who want to attend the program.

“The TBI program is a great opportunity for area high school students to earn a significant portion of a four-year college degree before they graduate from high school,” said Dr. Shelley Pearson, associate vice president for health professions at Temple College. “Unfortunately, in districts that are not able to subsidize students, the ability to afford college tuition is a primary deterrent. We are very grateful to the Texas Health and Bioscience District for investing in the future of our community with scholarships and financial support.”

The remainder of the grant will fund summer research experiences for TBI students and a summer math program for incoming TBI students.

Last year, the Temple Health and Bioscience District provided $13,450 to fund 28 students who are currently participating in the TBI program.

“Our Board believes we must invest in our young people in our area so we will have the doctors and scientists we will need in the future to have a vibrant economy and a high quality of life for our whole community,” said Temple Health and Bioscience District Board Chair Thomas Baird.

For more information on the Texas Bioscience Institute Middle College program, visit www.templejc.edu/tbi.