Dream Big Fort Worth Determined Scholarship Award recognizes Tarrant County High School students who have overcome significant obstacles
and wish to pursue higher education
to achieve their goals.

Determined Scholars award

We believe determined scholars have tremendous potential to create change in the world and can serve as important and needed role models for families, friends, and communities.

Recipients will RECEIVE:
-- ACT/SAT preparation courses
-- Monthly sessions focused on college application preparation, academic and college success, financial literacy, and health and well-being
-- Personalized mentorship from senior year of high school through college graduation
-- Scholarship up to $20,000 over the course of undergraduate studies to support academic success (e.g.,tuition, fees, books, supplies, living expenses)

Criteria for Application

You are ELIGIBLE if you:

  • Currently a junior enrolled in an accredited Tarrant County public school, including public charter and magnet schools with a GPA of at least 3.0

  • Planning to enroll full-time in a degree granting program at a four-year higher education institution following high school graduation

  • Challenged financially to attend college and can document your financial need

Dream Big Determined Scholars are:

  • Purposeful: Scholars are passionate about helping others and creating social good. Their values guide their decisions and behaviors.

  • Highly Motivated: Scholars are internally driven to achieve their goals. Despite the challenges they’ve faced in life, they find creative ways to build upon their strengths, overcome weaknesses and achieve their goals.

  • A Problem Solver: Challenges don’t defeat or define Scholars; rather they stimulate and spur them on. Determined Scholars tackle problems in strategic and creative ways and willingly seek help from others to achieve important goals.

  • Committed to Learning: Scholars have an undying thirst for knowledge. They are committed to their studies and demonstrate their commitment through good school attendance and behavior.

  • Someone who Dreams Big – When others see limitations, Scholars see opportunities. They dream big!

How to Apply

Please APPLY, if you think you might be a Dream Big Determined Scholar:

  • Complete and submit your application online on or before January 29, 2022 at 11:59 PM. Please note that this part of the application process includes one recommendation letter, be sure that your recommender submits their form before the deadline as well.

  • Semi-finalist – If you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will be asked to submit additional information.

  • Finalists – If you are selected as a finalist, you will be invited to an in-person interview.  Interviews will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Finalists are required to attend in order to be considered.

  • Winners – All Finalists will be contacted via phone call, and recipients will be highlighted on the website and in other media.


November 8, 2021 - Application is live
January 29, 2022 at 11:59 pm - Application deadline
March 15, 2022 - All semi-finalists will have been notified
March 30, 2022 - Semi-finalist materials due
April 30, 2022 - Finalists interviews
May 5, 2022 - Dream Big Fort Worth Determined Scholars will be notified of selection

June 10 - 11, 2022 - Mandatory Orientation and Dream Big Summer Conference