Make lasting impact through scholarships

Empowering outstanding students

Scholarship support allows the Simmons School of Education and Human Development to attract and retain bright students with diverse experiences. Donors foster an atmosphere rich in research and collaborative learning. 


Because Simmons students are frequently school teachers and administrators, the cost of graduate school can often be a barrier. As a result, providing opportunities to pursue advanced education degrees is among the highest funding priorities for Simmons School.


Investing in students at the nationally ranked Simmons School can equip educators to put innovative best practices to work in their schools, transforming social conditions and advancing human potential. 

James Mims ‘22

A donor’s direct investment in my education enabled me to better support the future leaders of tomorrow through evidence-based strategies and practices that I obtained at SMU Simmons. I am excited to witness the positive impact this degree will have on my bilingual, special education and dually identified students.

- James Mims ’22, bilingual special education teacher, Dallas ISD

Simmons 25 by 25 initiative

Over 60% of Simmons students receive scholarship support each year, but a significant amount of need is unmet. By 2025, the Simmons School aims to secure gifts to fund 25 new scholarships, each at a level of $25,000 or more. 


Donors to this initiative will shape the leaders of tomorrow as they pursue their personal, professional and educational goals.

Enriching teaching and leadership

  • Promotes recruitment and retention of outstanding graduate students in the Simmons School.
  • Provides vital dollars for graduate student scholarships in high priority areas of need.
  • Includes students from all Simmons departments with special emphasis on opportunities for teachers and educational leaders.

Rankings among graduate schools of education

Source: 2023 U.S. News and World Report

  • No. 3

    in Texas

  • No. 11

    among U.S. private universities

  • No. 49

    in U.S.

Make your mark

We invite you to take part in this bold initiative to strengthen the future of education and school leadership in Dallas and beyond.

Sample gifts:

  • $25,000 one-time gift to Simmons Scholars Fund
  • $25,000 pledge to Simmons Scholars Fund, payable over 5 years
  • $100,000 to create a named scholarship endowment that provides $5,000 of support annually
  • $500,000 endowment gift that provides an annual $25,000 scholarship

Blaze a brighter future

When you give to the Simmons Scholars fund, your donation will support educators who make profound impacts in the lives of their students. To discuss your scholarship gift, contact Jeff King, Director of Development, at 214-768-4844 or