|(a) Authority. Authority for this subchapter is provided
in the Texas Education Code, §§61.9791 - 61.9795, Texas
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Challenge
Scholarship Program. These rules establish procedures to administer
this grant program to award scholarships through the community colleges.
(b) Scope. Unless otherwise noted, this subchapter
applies to any Texas public junior, community, or technical college,
as defined in Texas Education Code §61.003(2) and §61.003(7).
(c) Purpose. The purpose of this program is to provide
grants to eligible Texas higher education institutions to provide
funds to support scholarships to qualifying, high achieving students
enrolled in courses or degree programs leading to careers in science,
technology, engineering, mathematics, and related fields and to provide
administrative funds to support the program.