More than just a tuition scholarship, the Dallas County Promise represents a community-wide commitment to close Dallas County achievement gaps and support our hard working students to complete post-secondary degrees to better access high demand living-wage jobs and fully participate in the economic growth of North Texas.

Championed by the Dallas Community College Foundation the Dallas County Promise's initial design is enhanced from the collective wisdom of the Dallas County college access and success community as well as the students and parents we serve.

Dallas County Promise Timeline

Dallas County Community College Foundation, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and Commit Partnership staff and board leaders travel to Tennessee to learn from Achieves and the Tennessee Promise.
Boston Consulting Group donates time to conduct a feasibility study and produces a report that outlines recommendations on how to expand the successful Rising Star Scholarship into a more comprehensive Promise Campaign.
Dallas County Community College Foundation is first to invest into developing a plan to launch a Dallas County Promise with support from the Dallas County Community College District.
Community work sessions are held with recent Dallas ISD alumni, school districts, universities, businesses and community-based organizations to identify existing barriers to college enrollment and completion in Dallas County.
A community strategy committee meets weekly to discuss timeline, requirements, budget, and feasibility. Town hall feedback sessions are held with students and parents.
University of North Texas at Dallas becomes the first university to commit to a transfer scholarship match of tuition for Dallas County Promise Students.
Promise launches for the class of 2018 with a cohort of 31 high schools.
McKinsey and Company consultants donate time to develop a community framework for college completion as well as develop financial sustainability models for expanding the Promise for all of Dallas County.
Southern Methodist University commits to provide merit-based transfer scholarships to select Promise students with a focus on developing Dallas County community leaders of tomorrow.

Participating Partners

  • Academic Success Program
  • Bachman Lake Together Family Center
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
  • Cedar Hill ISD
  • City Year Dallas
  • Cityyear
  • Collegemode
  • Commit Partnership
  • Dallas City Hall
  • Dallas ISD
  • Dallas Police Department
  • Dallas Regional Chamber
  • Dallas County Community College District
  • Dallas County Community College Foundation
  • Desoto ISD
  • Education Is Freedom
  • Education Opens Doors
  • Grand Prairie ISD
  • Inspired
  • Kipp DFW
  • Lancaster ISD
  • Mayors Rising Star Council
  • Neighbor Up
  • Region 10
  • Richardson ISD
  • Scholarshot, Inc.
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Step Up
  • The Concilio
  • The Young Men's Leadership Academy
  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
  • UNT Dallas
  • Uplift Education
  • UT Outreach Dallas
  • UTA University Crossroads
  • Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation
  • Year Up
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