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.

Winner will RECEIVE: Tutoring to prepare for the SAT, college and financial aid guidance, the opportunity to win a paid internship and up to $20,000 over four years from Dream Big Fort Worth*

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.

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

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

You are ELIGIBLE if you are:

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

  • Highly Motivated: Determined 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 Determined 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: Determined 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, Determined Scholars see opportunities. They dream big!

How to Apply

Please APPLY, if you think you might be a Determine Scholar:

  • Complete and submit your application online on or before February 15 , 2017 at 9 PM. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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

  • Finalists – If you are selected as a finalist, you will be invited to an in person interview.

  • Winners – Will be announced at a public event and online.
    For more information check out our information session on our YouTube channel.

Meet our 2017 Scholars

  1. Brian Dickson Jr. - Young Men's Leadership Academy (FWISD)

  2. Nikita Kabir, Arlington High School (AISD)

  3. Niang Muang, Trimble Technical High School (FWISD)

  4. Daniela Romero, Arlington Heights High School (FWISD)

  5. Maria Villagomez, Trimble Technical High School (FWISD)

  6. Jacob Wells, Southwest High School (FWISD)

* Selected students will be eligible to receive financial gap support to attend two or four year Texas-based public colleges or universities.  Gap funding can be used to support expenses that remain once traditional tuition assistance and other eligible financial support programs have been exhausted.


apply today!

* The 2017 Determined Scholars Award application window is now closed. Winners will be announced in May 2017. Check back in the Fall 2017 for information on next year's Determined Scholars Awards application.