A Partnership with Dallas County Promise
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The Mustang Promise Scholarship is awarded in partnership with the Dallas County Promise program to provide a college education to students graduating from eligible high schools in Dallas County. The SMU partnership specifically seeks to identify future leaders of Dallas County and provide them an opportunity to earn an SMU degree.
SMU will select up to five (5) high school seniors to receive a two-year Mustang Promise Scholarship. This is a last-dollar scholarship (combined with other grants and scholarships) to provide full tuition and fees. It is available exclusively to students who meet the requirements below, have fulfilled the requirements for the Dallas County Promise program, and plan to earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from DCCCD prior to attending SMU. Learn more at Dallas County Promise.
Selection is through a holistic review based on academic and extra-curricular achievement, financial need, and leadership potential as demonstrated throughout high school and in the application and interview process.
- Students must be 2017 - 2018 graduates from a participating Dallas County Promise high school located in Dallas County (Texas)
- Texas residency
- Verified Pell Grant eligibility as defined by the FAFSA or the equivalent demonstrated need as defined by the TASFA
- Fulfillment of the requirements for the Dallas County Promise program
- Priority given to students with a cumulative “A” average (3.500 GPA) in grades 9-12
- Students must complete the Dallas County Promise Pledge by January 31
How to Apply:
- Submit an application for admission to SMU by January 15. Extended to February 1 for Mustang Scholars applicants. The supporting materials may be submitted until February 15. The $65 application fee will be waived upon submission of the Mustang Scholar essay.
- Submit the Mustang Scholar essay of 500 words or less by February 15 using the online form.
The Mustangs Scholar essay topic: Discuss how the following quote applied to your academic career in high school and how it will apply to your time at SMU: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”- General Colin Powell
- Submit your FAFSA or TASFA and the CSS PROFILE® by January 15. Extended to February 1 for Mustang Scholars applicants. The supporting materials may be submitted until February 15. Talk to your high school counselor about a CSS PROFILE® fee waiver.
- Selected candidates will be invited to interview with the selection committee in mid-March.
- Graduate from a Dallas County Promise eligible high school
- Complete at least 50 hours and an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree within three years of graduating from high school while earning a 3.500 cumulative GPA from a DCCCD school. This normally requires two years of study following high school graduation. Early entry to SMU in less than two years will be reviewed according to the student’s likelihood to complete an SMU bachelor’s degree within five semesters of entry to the University. (Note: Associate of Applied Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees do not meet this requirement.)
- Maintain a satisfactory disciplinary and criminal record.
- Maintain a 2.500 cumulative SMU GPA, successfully complete 75% of courses attempted, and maintain full-time student status.
- This scholarship is good for five consecutive semesters or until you complete your bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.
Selected finalists will be invited to interview at SMU in mid-March and the scholarship recipients will be notified by April 1. For more information about applying for admission, scholarships or financial aid as well as fee waivers, contact Jackie Romero, Admission Counselor, at 214-768-2058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.