TCU Advancement

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John V. Roach Honors College

Students in the John V. Roach Honors College help perform groundbreaking cancer research in laboratories, stage award-winning plays and shape Horned Frogs' lives as student leaders. They learn to change the world while studying in cities across the globe. Recent Honors students have been accepted to the most prestigious graduate schools, from Harvard to UC Berkeley to Columbia.

As TCU's flagship academic program, the John V. Roach Honors College recruits and supports the highest achievers. They benefit from an enriched curriculum with a focus on world cultures; the entire TCU community benefits from their presence.

Other advantages are highly skilled advisors, an Honors-only international Frog Camp for first-year students, unique Honors Abroad experiences, mentoring and research opportunities with professors, and the chance to hone leadership skills.

Clarence and Kerry Scharbauer Hall, dedicated in 2010, houses the John V. Roach Honors College, while the primary on-campus home for Honors students is the recently renovated Milton Daniel Residence Hall.

TCU officially launched the college in 2009, funded by a $2.5 million gift from Paul and Judy Andrews of Fort Worth. The endowed gift pays tribute to their friend John Roach, longtime Fort Worth civic and business leader and former chairman of the TCU Board of Trustees. The college supplanted the Honors Program founded 46 years earlier. 

With the transition from an Honors Program to an Honors College, the number of participants has increased dramatically to around 900. Success in recruitment of high-achieving students carries with it TCU’s promise of extraordinary academic excellence. Valued gifts from our supporters can ensure that Honors students will benefit from premier academic offerings.

Endowed chairs and professorships

The college’s number one development priority is funding to attract faculty of the highest quality. The Honors College will add three new positions over the next three years. A prestigious chair or professorship and/or additional financial support will help us attract the best of the best.


The Honors College emphasizes integrative and experiential learning opportunities, such as international study, service learning, and most importantly, research and creative activities. Students will benefit enormously from scholarships to facilitate these activities.

Contact Us to learn how you can support the John V. Roach Honors College and its priorities.
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Shelly Frank
Director of Development


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