Project ACCESS

Accelerating Completion and Career Education in the School of Sciences

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Project ACCESS is a Department of Education Title V Promoting Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) funded program. Project ACCESS (Accelerating Completion and Career Education in the School of the Sciences) aims to support Hispanic and low-income students with completion of a master’s degree in biotechnology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, or information data science so that they may pursue a career in their chosen STEM field. This is accomplished through a comprehensive range of support services, including scholarships, stipends, mentorship, research opportunities, tutoring, career guidance, lending library and accelerated pathways that enable students to complete their degrees in 15 months or less.

Student Services

  • Lending library – laptop, reference books, textbooks and masters graduation gowns
  • Scholarships, research and internship stipends, and travel support to present at research conferences
  • Tutoring
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring program
  • Professional development workshops

ACCESS Scholarship

Qualifications for Applying

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a graduate student in the School of the Sciences (in Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Math, or Information Data Science).
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of five credit hours, or equivalent, in each semester receiving funds.
  • Must have a cumulative 3.2 GPA in each semester receiving funds.
  • Must have completed current-year FAFSA.
  • Must demonstrate low-income eligibility.
  • Project ACCESS 2023-2024 scholarship winners may submit a 2024-2025 application; however, priority will be given to students that are first time applicants.

Application Components

  • ACCESS Scholarship application found in the TWU Pioneer Scholarship System
    You must upload/provide the following items to complete the application in the Pioneer Scholarship System:

1. Personal Statement – 2 pages max, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, in 12-pt. font.

    1. Tell us about yourself and your degree and career objectives. Your personal statement should include your interest in STEM fields and future plans after graduation.

2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

3. Names and contact information for 2 references

    1. Your references should be able to assess your academic potential or professional capacity such as faculty members, academic staff, supervisors, advisors, etc.
  • Project ACCESS Scholarship Form & low-income eligibility documentation
    1. The form will be emailed to you once you submit your application in the Pioneer Scholarship System.
    2. Along with the form, you will need to submit one of the following:
      1. Your 2023 Federal Tax Return, with sensitive information redacted (e.g. 1040 form).
      2. Your 2023 IRS Tax Return Transcript. Find more information on requesting a tax transcript here.

The 2024-25 application has a June 1 priority deadline and August 31 final deadline.

For more information, please contact Dr. Antonette Robles at

Eligibility requirements and application


Project Director - Rosa Fonseca-Morris
Phone: 940-898-2389

Activity Coordinator - Irinia Fernandez
Phone: 940-898-2357

Activity Coordinator – Petra Kelly
Phone: (940) 898-2718

Career and Internship Coordinator - Maria Serrano, PhD
Phone: 940-898-2356

Scholarship Coordinator - Antonette Robles, PhD

Project contacts

Ann Stuart Science Center, room 364

Page last updated 1:43 PM, April 18, 2024