Every student in the Duncanville High School Class of 2019 will qualify for a full-tuition scholarship for an associate degree regardless of family income or grade point average. As a newly named member of the Dallas County Promise, Duncanville students will benefit from this program’s purpose – to make a community college or technical education as universal and free as public high school.
Dallas County Promise announced new partnerships with 12 schools, including Duncanville High School and schools in Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Dallas, Garland, Grand Prairie, Irving and Richardson. At the official announcement ceremony Wednesday, Duncanville High School juniors Kalaya Sibley and Edward Rosario accepted the Dallas County Promise banner on behalf of their school.
“Free college for all students is a concept that is gaining momentum and is now available to Duncanville High School students,” said Duncanville ISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith. “The Class of 2019 has more than 1,000 students currently enrolled, and all of them now qualify for free college tuition. This opportunity has the ability to positively influence lives and the possibilities in our community.”
Dallas County Promise began as a pilot in the fall of 2017 with 31 high schools in Dallas County. At its core, the Promise is a full-tuition scholarship for an associate degree (the first two years of college) provided by the Dallas County Community College District Foundation to every high school student, regardless of family income or grade point average.
DCCCD’s effort is being matched with tuition-free scholarships provided by UNT Dallas, plus other public and private universities for students’ junior and senior years.
The Promise will also include a coordinated effort to promote career awareness in high school students by encouraging them to choose coursework that prepares them for current high-demand jobs. Students will receive mentoring and support from non-profit staff members including a student success coach.
Scholarship applications will be accepted beginning in the fall of 2018.