The Dream Big College Scholarships are awarded to students who graduated from a Texas highschool and are currently enrolled for their second year or longer at a four-year college/university, junior/community college, or trade/vocational school.
NOTE: If you are a graduating high school senior, you should apply for our Dream Big Graduating High School Senior Scholarship.
Students are selected for award by the Dream Big Scholarship Fund Committee based on their educational achievements, community involvement, leadership skills, financial need, and the ability to follow the explicit instructions in this application.
Eligibility is determined by your GPA, your responses to the essay section of this application (scored by the committee), your demonstrated commitment to serving the community, and your financial need.
To qualify for a Dream Big College Scholarship, a student must be an undergraduate or graduate student who currently and have completed at least one semester or a minimun of 12 hours. Additional requirements are as follows:
College students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine (12) units and have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.7 during their college tenure plus demonstrate a promise of continued academic achievement.
A minimum of 16 hours of documented community service within the last year. You must provide a signed document from the organization(s) served explicitly confirming the number of hours volunteered.
Two original signed letters of recommendation from professors, counselors, professional mentors, community and/or civic leaders, or pastors. An unsigned letter is invalid.
Please note that applicants must apply to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA and have received back an Expected Family Contribution Score (EFC Score) in their Student Aid Report (SAR). This score is critical for determining your economic need. Students can start an application process at fafsa.ed.gov. Please be aware that FAFSA may require several weeks to process your application.
Must provide a recent headshot photo.
Only one (1) scholarship can be awarded annually to a member of the same family.
No more than four (4) scholarship awards will be made to members of the same family in any five-year period.
By accepting a Dream Big Scholarship, you agree that you will attend the mandatory Scholarship Awardee Orientation and 2 college/career readiness workshops of your choice.
Students must address the following topics in their applications:
Scholarship Value ( How it will help you achieve your goals)
Future Plans and Goals
NOTE: You can submit your application before your transcripts and supporting documents are received. However, understand that your application will not be placed into the queue for review until all of your required documents (official transcripts, confirmation of community service, letters of recommendation, and FAFSA SAR Report) are received. Once you begin the application, you can save it to finish later.
Do not wait until the last minute. You have until 11:59 PM PT on November 5, 2022, to complete your application. We cannot grant deadline extensions if you miss this deadline. If you do miss the deadline, mark your calendar for next year; we offer scholarships during the same season every year.