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Trinity's Financial Aid for Science & Technology Students Enhanced with Research (FASTER) student grants will be available to select academically talented students with financial need who plan to major in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics. These $5,000 annual awards replace student loans and are renewable for up to four years.

The FASTER Student Grant Program will provide faculty and peer mentoring, and career placement counseling services to grant recipients in order to broaden the perspective and improving the students' college experience.  

There will be twelve competitive FASTER Program Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships available to FASTER Grant recipients by a competitive application process. Four fellowships will be offered for each of the three summers (summer 2014, 2015, and 2016).  A FASTER Fellow will receive a $4,000 summer research stipend and $1,000 for research related expenses.  A FASTER Fellow will conduct high-quality research with one-on-one faculty mentoring, greatly enhancing their education experience, clarifying career goals, and giving them an advantage in graduate studies. 

Participating departments are: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering ScienceGeosciences, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy

Eligible majors within the departments include: Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, or Physics

While all eligible applicants will be considered, first generation and students of color are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information on the FASTER Grants, contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid [at] trinity [dot] edu or 210-999-8315. 

Meet the program staff.

For those interested in applying to the FASTER grant program, click on the appropriate link below:


Before Beginning Your FASTER Grant Application:

Future and current Trinity students are encouraged to spend time preparing for the application before submitting your application form to the selection committee. Each application contains a few essay questions that we suggest you prepare, edit, and check for spelling and grammar errors in a word processing program. 

You may download a PDF copy of the application to review and prepare the questions and long-form responses. 

Please note that in order to apply for this grant program, your complete results must be submitted online. Please review the other requirements and instructions below to make sure you are meeting deadlines and allowing enough time to collect the other information needed to review your application. 

FASTER Grant - High School Students

Submit the FASTER Grant Application online for the Fall 2016 entry term by February 1, 2016. 

The FASTER Grant Application should be completed by February 1 of a student's senior year in high school.  Please follow the steps below to complete your application for the FASTER grant.

  1. Submit your complete application for admission to the Office of Admission by the February 1, Regular Decision Deadline and be offered admission to Trinity University.  Students can apply online for admission to Trinity free of charge.  If you have any questions, contact the Office of Admission at 1-800-TRINITY. 
  2. Submit the FASTER Grant Application by February 1. For questions on the application, please call 1-800-TRINITY.
  3. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Trinity's priority filing date of February 15.  Students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA in order to qualify for FASTER grant awards.

FASTER Grant - Current Trinity Juniors & Seniors

Application Deadline: Online application must be submitted by September 30, 2015. 

Who is eligible?

The FASTER grants are designed to replace need based loans or unmet need. If you did not submit a FAFSA in the early spring of this year, you can submit it now to the Office of Financial Aid.

Preference will be given to students demonstrating academic promise with declared majors in departments underrepresented among other grant recipients.

How to apply?

  1. Complete the FASTER Grant Application for Current Students online. Make sure all the required information is completed, including an uploaded PDF version of your unofficial transcript.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  3. Submit a recommendation letter from either your department chair, academic advisor, or a course instructor (in a STEM field) electronically to Dr. Wilson Terrell Jr., Department of Engineering Science, at wterrell [at] trinity [dot] eduPlease note that your recommender should send your letter of recommendation directly to Dr. Terrell via email.

Program Staff:

Dr. Wilson Terrell Jr. (Principal Investigator)
Associate Professor, Engineering Science
wterrell [at] trinity [dot] edu

Dr. Dennis W. Ugolini (Co-Principal Investigator)
Professor, Physics & Astronomy
dugolini [at] trinity [dot] edu

Dr. Benjamin Surpless (Co-Principal Investigator)
Associate Professor, Geosciences
bsurples [at] trinity [dot] edu

Dr. Michele Johnson (Programming & Social Coordinator)
Associate Professor, Biology
michele [dot] johnson [at] trinity [dot] edu


About the FASTER Grant:

Partial support for this program was provided by the National Science Foundation.  Any opinions, feelings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of Trinity University and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.