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)
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!
Please APPLY, if you think you might be a Dream Big Determined Scholar:
Complete and submit your application online on or before January 24, 2022 at 9 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 24, 2022 at 9:00 pm - Application deadline
March 11, 2022 - All semi-finalists will have been notified
March 28, 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