NEW! Federally Funded TAMIU Program by the Department of Education


Available for eligible STEM, Nursing and Health Science TAMIU Undergraduate Students 



Helping students succeed each step of the way—even after graduation

Once in TRiO, always in TRiO!


TRiO STEM is a federally funded Student Support Services (SSS) program committed to the success of first-generation, low-income, and/or scholars with disabilities within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Nursing and Health Science fields.

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Our mission is to empower qualifying STEM, Nursing and Health Science scholars to: 

  • Achieve maximum academic success and career readiness
  • Develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and attributes to complete a post-secondary education
  • Graduate skilled, self-actualizing professionals and global citizens who lead through best practices and lifelong learning


Our primary goal is to provide different support services to 120 select STEM, Nursing and Health Science scholars in order to improve their academic performance as well as their persistence, retention and graduation rates. Other goals also include:

  • Assisting with the acquisition of necessary skills, knowledge, and attributes to complete a post-secondary education
  • Increasing awareness and preparation for graduate school and professional career options
  • Maximizing opportunities for financial assistance through financial and economic literacy
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Services & Benefits

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Faculty Mentoring & Peer Mentoring

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Academic Coaching & Advising

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Early Registration & Class Scheduling

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Letters of Recommendation & Summer Scholarships

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And much more!

Free. Exclusive. Personalized. 

Why Join?

Simply put, there are many. But in short, because of our exclusive student services, 10+ years of academic expertise and work experience, similar first-generation background status and friendly, family-like staff and environment!

Eligibility Criteria 

In order to qualify for the program, you must be BOTH

1. A current or prospective TAMIU student pursuing a STEM, Nursing or Health Science bachelor's degree


2. Either low-income, first-generation and/or an individual with a documented disability

According to the Department of Education (2021), first generation is defined as an individual with: 

Non-Degreed Parents

Parents (natural of adoptive) without a bachelor's degree



Non-Parents (Natural/Adoptive)

Did not live with a natural or adoptive parent who provided support before turning 18



Non-Degreed Single Parent

Lived with a single parent without a bachelor's degree who provided support only before turning 18

Application Process

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1. Complete PDF Application

Fill in a simple application and submit via email

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2. Participate in an informal interview

Join in a relaxed interview to get to know you better

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3. Sign other required paperwork

Swing by our office and get other paperwork signed

Applications accepted all year-round

 *Limited Spots Available


Application Priority deadlines

Fall/Spring/Summer: Two weeks before first class day

About Us

Meet the trio of TRiO

Whether via online, phone and/or in person, our program staff are always happy to help you out—learn more about us below!

Gustavo Salazar

Program Director
Gustavo Salazar II, PhD, LPC-S

20+ Years of Academic Work Experience
First-Generation College Graduate
Fun Fact: "World-class closeted DJ mixing drum-and-bass tunes!"


Academic Success Coach
Melinda Elizondo, BA

10+ Years of Advising Work Experience
First-Generation College Graduate
Fun Fact: "Tiny Home Enthusiast"

Sergio Coronado

Administrative Assistant
Sergio Coronado, MLS, GACs

12+ Years of Academic Work Experience
First-Generation College Graduate
Fun Fact: "Just a humble, down-to-earth word nerd!"


Book Mentors

Rebecca Canales

Rebecca Canales

Senior | Biology Major

Fun Fact: "Selected as Reading the Globe Ambassador and had the opportunity to travel abroad to Brazil during winter break!"

Alexa Gonzalez

Alexa Gonzalez

Junior | Biology Major

Fun Fact: "Traveled to England, Ireland, Scotland, and France after graduating high school!"

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Barbara Perez

Senior | Biology Major

Fun Fact: "I can stand on top of a horse while it's walking (I've been horseback riding since I was 2)!"



Career Exploration


Graduate School Preparation


Join our very own TRiO-STEM-borned student organization 




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Chat with us via our WhatsApp Group


Officer Meetings

Saturdays - 9:30am-10:30am

General Meetings

Wednesdays - 11:00am-12:00pm

Fridays - 3:00pm-4:00pm 


See Trailblazers' website for meeting updates and locations

Current Officers

President: Natalia Gonzalez 

Vice President: Joshua Achord

Secretary: Destiny Sanchez and Audrey Castillo

Treasurer: Samuel Ordonez

Historian: Hefner Olguin

Marketing & Public Relations: Denisse Dominguez

Event Coordinator: Barbara Perez

Fundraiser Coordinator: Carolina Ramirez

Community Service Coordinator: Juan Alfaro

Contact Us

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(956) 326-3340

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Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall 202

Office Hours

Monday & Thursday: 8:00am-6:00pm

Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Friday: 8:00am-3:00pm