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Applying for a Scholarship

The Dallas Foundation has a number of scholarship funds, each with a different purpose and eligibility requirements. Please carefully review the listing below to ensure eligibility before submitting an application.

Each scholarship application has a unique application period and deadline date. Please carefully read the details of each opportunity below prior to submission.

Universal Application

The Dallas Foundation is launching a universal application consisting of 4 scholarship opportunities. Once you complete the common application questions, you will receive a message that indicates which scholarship opportunities you qualify to apply for. The following scholarship opportunities are included in the universal application: Ellen B. DeMar, Nicol-Williams, Pickard, and Sunset Foundation.

How to apply for the universal application:

  1. Click HERE to Create your New Account
  2. Once logged in, click APPLY on the navigation bar on Applicant Dashboard.
  3. Click the blue APPLY button next to The Dallas Foundation 2023 Scholarship Application description to begin the application.

This is a universal application. Once you complete and submit the common application questions, a message will pop up that indicates which scholarship opportunities you qualify to apply for. YOUR APPLICATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL YOU SUBMIT THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS FOR EACH SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY YOU QUALIFY FOR. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered for a scholarship.

For scholarships that do not use the universal application, additional details and application requirements are listed below.

Investing in the Next Generation

The Dallas Foundation manages several scholarships for students with diverse interests. Carefully review our various scholarship options to determine if you qualify. For more information about any scholarship offered, please email scholarships@dallasfoundation.org.

The Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation awards scholarships and bar study grants to Hispanic law students.  The following students are eligible to apply for scholarships:  (i) incoming law students who have applied to begin their first (1L) year of law school in Fall 2023, (ii) current first-year (1L) law students who will begin their second (2L) year of law school in Fall 2023, and (iii) current second-year (2L) students who will begin their third and final (3L) year of law school in Fall 2023.  The following students are eligible to apply for bar study grants: current third-year (3L) law students who will graduate by December 2022 and who plan to take the Texas state bar exam in 2023. The application opens Thursday, December 15, 2022, and closes Monday, February 6, 2023.

Please note that there are 2 separate applications for the Scholarship/Bar Study Grant and Judicial Internship Programs.  If you are applying for both, please submit all application materials by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To apply: Please click HERE to create your online profile and apply. Use the following access codes to access the applications:

Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Scholarship & Bar Study Grant Application: Access Code: LawScholar

Internship Guidelines: The Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation invites those law students who are in the process of completing their first or second year classes to apply for the DHLF Judicial Internship Program. Judges from the Dallas area civil and criminal courts will be participating. Applicants must have completed first-year law school courses from an accredited law school, including civil procedure, legal research, and legal writing courses. All students in Accredited Law Schools (including the UNT Dallas College of Law) are eligible to apply. The Foundation grants stipends to the students chosen to participate in the program. The application opens Thursday, December 15, 2022, and closes Monday, February 6, 2023. Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum of a four-week internship.

Internships (to last 4-6 weeks) may be done the first half of the summer, or the second half of the summer, subject to each Court’s preference and availability. Interns will receive a stipend of approximately $3,000.00 for the internship.

Please note that there are 2 separate applications for the Scholarship/Bar Study Grant and Judicial Internship Programs.  If you are applying for both, please submit all application materials by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To apply: Please click HERE to create your online profile and apply. Use the following access codes to access the applications:

Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Internship Application: Access Code: LawIntern

The Ellen B. DeMar Scholarship Fund was established at The Dallas Foundation in 2020 to assist African-American students in Dallas County.

Application opens: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2023

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be African-American students graduating from high schools in Dallas County;
  • Applicants must have at least a 2.5 grade point average; and
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need

To apply: This application is part of the Universal Application. Please scroll to the top of the page for Universal Application instructions. Don’t forget to answer all questions (including supplemental questions) to be considered.

The Hirsch Family Scholarship was established as a scholarship fund in 2009. It currently benefits dependent children of active employees of Highlander Partners, Eagle Materials and Its companies, RMS Beauty, Sferra, Niteo, Bevolution, Balanced Nutritionals, Biamp, Benestar, Highpoint, Liteye, McIntosh, Highlander Training Center, DSS or any of their majority-owned subsidiaries.

Application opens: January 9, 2023

Deadline: April 10, 2023

Eligibility:

  • Be the dependent child of an active employee of active employees of Highlander Partners, Eagle Materials and Its companies, RMS Beauty, Sferra, DSS, Niteo, Bevolution, Balanced Nutritionals, Biamp, Benestar, Highpoint, Liteye, McIntosh, Highlander Training Center.
  • Be a graduating high school senior who has been accepted in, or a student already enrolled in, an undergraduate program of study in pursuit of a degree from a public or private, regionally accredited community college, college, university, or vocational or trade institute.
  • Have a proven record of academic performance, as evidenced by grade point average and/or class rank.
  • Be able to demonstrate financial need.

To apply:

  • Please click HERE to create your online profile and apply.
  • Once logged in, click APPLY on the navigation bar on the Applicant Dashboard.
  • Use the following access codes to access the application: Hirsch2023
  • Click the blue APPLY button next to Hirsch Family Scholarship Application description to begin the application.

The Hopson-Laurent Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 to benefit qualified applicants from Fort Towson and Choctaw County, Oklahoma.

Application opens: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2023

Eligibility:

  • Accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a two or four-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university
  • Graduates of a public or private high school in Choctaw County, Oklahoma. Preference will be given to graduates of high schools in Fort Towson, Oklahoma
  • Applicants who plan to pursue studies in architecture, art, or forestry may be given special consideration.

To apply:

  • Please click HERE to create your online profile and apply.
  • Once logged in, click the blue APPLY button next to the Hopson-Laurent Scholarship application description.

The Mitchell/Tufts Foundation Scholarship was established at The Dallas Foundation in 2014. The goal of the Fund is to make a college degree or vocational certification possible for members or persons active in the life of a Presbyterian church in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) in North Central Texas, or in Los Angeles and surrounding communities, who are students of promise and can demonstrate financial need.

Application opens: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2023

Eligibility:
• Be an active member or active in the life of a Presbyterian church in the Presbyterian Church USA, in North Central Texas.
• Be accepted for enrollment or are currently enrolled in a two- or four-year undergraduate program in an accredited college, university, vocational school, or trade school.
• Demonstrate financial need.
• Have work experience and/or community service experience.

To apply:

  • Please click HERE to create your online profile and apply.

Once logged in, click blue APPLY button next to either Mitchell/Tufts Scholarship- TX 2023 or Mitchell/Tufts Scholarship- CA 2023 description to begin the application

Myra Williams started the Nicol-Williams scholarship fund In 2019 for the benefit of Sunset High School graduates.

Application opens: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2023

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be graduating high school seniors at Sunset High School during the application period;
  • Applicants must be planning to enroll in an undergraduate program at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial aid

To apply: This application is part of the Universal Application. Please scroll to the top of the page for Universal Application instructions. Don’t forget to answer all questions (including supplemental questions) to be considered.

The Pickard Scholarship Fund was established at The Dallas Foundation in 2004 to assist African-American male students in Dallas County. Dr. Pickard was an optometrist and founder of the Pickard Eye Clinic. Called “Magnum” by his patients, he believed that if you do something nice for someone and they do something nice for someone else, you can affect the lives of many people. This scholarship fund is his way of “passing it on.”

Application opens: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2023

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be African-American male students graduating from high schools in Dallas County.
  • Applicants must have at least a 2.5 grade point average.
  • Preference may be given to those who can demonstrate financial need. Personal interviews may be required

To apply: This application is part of the Universal Application. Please scroll to the top of the page for Universal Application instructions. Don’t forget to answer all questions (including supplemental questions) to be considered.

The Robert E. Motley Scholarship was established at The Dallas Foundation in 2011 by Mrs. Morynne Motley to honor her late husband, Robert E. Motely. This scholarship aims to help high school students in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District in California.

Application opens: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2023

Eligibility:

  • You are a graduating senior at Rancho del Mar High School In the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District;
  • You have been accepted for enrollment or are enrolled In a two or four-year undergraduate program In an accredited college, university, vocational school, trade school;
  • You have a minimum GPA of 2.5;
  • You can demonstrate financial need.

To apply:

  • Please click HERE to create your online profile and apply.
  • Once logged in, click APPLY on the navigation bar on the Applicant Dashboard.
  • Use the following access codes to access the application: MOTLEY2023
  • Click the blue APPLY button next to the Robert E. Motley Scholarship Application description to begin the application.

Norma and Don Stone have established a scholarship program in honor of the heroic efforts of Rogene Russell and Doug Howard who have helped students who otherwise would have no means to continue their musical studies and education. The scholarships will assist students From Booker T. Washington High School or the Fine Arts Chamber Players’ programs who show an aptitude For classical composition, instrumental music, or voice, and who have the desire to pursue a college degree but require financial assistance to do so.

Application opens: January 9, 2023

Deadline: March 24, 2023

Eligibility:

  • You are a graduating senior or alumnus of Booker T. Washington High School OR a graduating senior or alumnus of Fine Arts Chamber Players’ music education initiatives.
  • You are planning to enroll in, or currently attending, an undergraduate music program at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college, university, or conservatory of music in the U.S.
  • You show artistic merit in classical composition, instrumental music, or voice.
  • You are able to demonstrate financial need.

To apply:

  • Please click HERE to create your online profile and apply.
  • Once logged in, click the blue APPLY button next to either Mitchell/Tufts Scholarship- TX 2023 or Mitchell/Tufts Scholarship- CA 2023 description to begin the application.
  • Use the following access codes to access the application: Rogene2023
  • Click the blue APPLY button next to Rogene Russell Scholarship Application description to begin the application.

The Myrna D. Schlegel/AWARE Scholarship was originally established in 1999 to honor Myrna Schlegel, a registered nurse.  During her tenure of developing and managing 2,500 nursing and retirement beds, she recognized the overwhelming need for trained professionals in the field of gerontology.  In 2016, Myrna, in partnership with AWARE (Alzheimer’s Women’s Association for Resources and Education), transferred the Myrna D. Schlegel/AWARE Scholarship Fund to The Dallas Foundation in order to better orchestrate the details of the scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded to nursing students who have chosen to devote their careers to work in the field of gerontology, especially in dealing with dementia.

Application opens: March 1, 2023

Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2023

Eligibility:

  • You are a U.S. citizen or legal, permanent resident
  • You have been accepted to, or are currently attending an undergraduate or graduate nursing program at Baylor University, Texas Woman’s University, or Texas Christian University
  • You have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • You are able to demonstrate a passion for gerontology and hope to build a career in this field

To apply:

  • Please click HERE to create your online profile and apply.
  • Once logged in, click APPLY on the navigation bar on the Applicant Dashboard.
  • Use the following access codes to access the application: AWARE2023
  • Click the blue APPLY button next to Myrna D. Schlegel/AWARE Scholarship Application description to begin the application.

The Sunset Foundation, Inc. created this scholarship to benefit graduating seniors of Sunset High School with a 3.0 minimum GPA or better.

Application opens: March 1, 2023

Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2023

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be graduating high school seniors at Sunset High School with a 3.0 minimum GPA during the application period.
  • Applicants must be planning to enroll in an undergraduate program at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need.

To apply: This application is part of the Universal Application. Please scroll to the top of the page for Universal Application instructions. Don’t forget to answer all questions (including supplemental questions) to be considered.

The Tommy Tranchin Award was established at The Dallas Foundation to support students with physical, emotional, or intellectual disabilities who have shown promise or passion in a chosen field of interest. Tommy’s family wants to recognize his creativity and adventurous spirit by helping other young people with disabilities develop their own talents and explore new opportunities.

Please note that the Tommy Tranchin Award is NOT intended to offset costs associated with obtaining a college or university degree. Instead, the award is intended to support creative projects, performances, training activities, and participation in workshops, seminars, and competitions. Creative proposals for new work are especially encouraged.

Geographic limitations:  Resident of North Texas

Eligibility:

  • You are a student in North Texas in grade level 8 – 12 and you have a physical, emotional, or intellectual disability.
  • You want to participate in an activity that will help strengthen your skills in your particular area of interest.

Deadline: Rolling through December 15, 2023

To apply for an award, an applicant must submit an application, including a letter of recommendation. Each applicant must propose an activity that will promote their personal development in their particular field of interest. In addition, this activity must begin on or after June 1, 2023.

Awards will be given annually, with amounts of up to $2,500. In cases in which the applicant proposes to attend an institution or program, confirmation of the student’s enrollment will be required. Applicants may also request funds for travel, equipment, and other related expenses. After completing the proposed activity, award recipients will be required to submit a final report with an account of how the award funds were spent.

To apply:

  • Click HERE to Create your New Account
  • Once logged in, click APPLY on the navigation bar on the Applicant Dashboard.
  • Click the blue APPLY button next to the Tommy Tranchin Award Application description to begin the application.

Application opens: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2023

Eligibility:

  • Applicant is a child or grandchild of a Virgin America legacy employee
  • Applicant can demonstrate academic excellence with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Applicant is under the age of 25
  • Applicant will be attending an accredited college, university, vocational school, or trade school in the Fall of 2023 as an undergraduate student

To Apply: 

  • Please click HERE to create your online profile and apply.
  • Once logged in, click APPLY on the navigation bar on the Applicant Dashboard.
  • Use the following access codes to access the application: VA2023
  • Click the blue APPLY button next to the Virgin America Scholarship Application description to begin the application.

Establishing a Scholarship Fund

Endowed scholarship funds provide an opportunity for donors to impact future generations and help cultivate the next generation of community leaders.

The Dallas Foundation provides complete turnkey services, including drafting scholarship criteria, publicizing scholarships, evaluating candidates and managing scholarship payments.

Benefits and Services

To create a fund or for more information, contact Gary W. Garcia at gwgarcia@dallasfoundation.org or 214-694-2507.

Assurance that your fund is in accordance with Internal Revenue Service regulations

Recognition of donor on scholarship award letter

Immediate charitable deduction for donations (amount allowable by law)

Long-term growth with investment in the market

Online application and review process for select scholarship programs

Minimum to establish an endowed scholarship fund is $1,000,000