SMU Broadens Eligibility for Four-Year Tuition and Fees Scholarships


SMU is expanding an existing scholarship program and partnering with Dallas County Promise to provide more students in the Dallas area to attend the private university.

“There are future Dallas County leaders among the students attending high school in our community who may not get their best chance to lead because financial means is a barrier to an undergraduate college degree,” said Wes Waggoner, SMU associate vice president for enrollment management.

The university is expanding the opportunity to apply for 10 scholarships previously available only to DISD graduates to any high school located in the county. The Dallas County Mustang Scholarship awards 10 four-year combined scholarship packages worth more than $225,000 each to cover full tuition and fees.

High school seniors interested in the Dallas County Mustang Scholarship should complete the SMU admission application, the Mustang Scholars essay, the FAFSA and CSS Profile or TASFA by Feb.1, 2018. Please visit to learn more.

Aiming to provide a bridge to SMU students who begin their education in community college, the university is partnering with Dallas County Promise in a new financial aid program – the SMU Mustang Promise Scholarship.

The new program awards up to five two-year scholarships to eligible high school seniors who’ve successfully completed the Dallas County Promise Program and plan to transfer to SMU.

To be eligible for the Dallas County Promise Scholarship, high school seniors at Promise-eligible high schools must complete the Dallas County Promise Pledge by Jan. 31, 2018; and apply for the fall semester at a Dallas County Community College and complete a FAFSA/TASFA by March 15, 2018. Full student information is available at

Waggoner added that students who apply for the two-year SMU Mustang Promise Scholarship also would be considered for other scholarships and financial aid available to SMU undergraduates. More than $90 million in academic and need-based aid is awarded to SMU undergraduates each year.

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Bianca Montes is an award-winning journalist and former Managing Editor of Park Cities People. She currently serves as a Senior Editor with D Magazine's D CEO publication. You can reach her by email at Bianca.Montes@Dmagazine or follow her on Instagram @Bianca_TBD. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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