SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Women With Promise Scholarship Program began in 2018 as part of our commitment to make a difference in the lives of North Texas women. Our goal is to offer women the opportunity to begin or restart their journey toward a college degree. Higher education is a life-changing path that opens new career opportunities with the prospect of financial enrichment and a higher quality of life. Outcomes include improved self-esteem, higher job satisfaction and instilling an important family legacy of college education in future generations.

First priority candidates are women who have the greatest emotional and financial challenges as they gain the work skills necessary to support themselves and/or their families. Our funds target women who are in desperate financial situations and need both an education and our funds to assist them in developing skills to elevate their future work opportunities.

Support is available for full or part-time students attending or planning to attend educational programs at accredited institutions of higher learning. Scholarships are awarded to assist with tuition, books and fees and generally range from $250 to $5,000. Scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution prior to the start of the course. The number of scholarships awarded per semester or term is dependent upon the number of sponsors and donations received.

Awards Ranging from $250 - $5,000 for Tuition for Books for Fees

Eligibility Requirements

A woman who meets the following requirements is eligible to apply:

  • Accepted into an accredited course of study at an accredited institution (College, University, Trade/Vocational School)
  • Demonstrates a need for financial assistance
  • Exhibits a strong desire, ability and determination to complete the academic course
  • Has partnered with a non-profit organization or social agency for at least six months
  • A sponsor within that organization/agency is willing to provide mentoring support for the student throughout her educational experience
  • Resides in Dallas County or Collin County
  • Is a citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S. or has immigration status which makes her eligible for FAFSA

Four Steps to Apply: 1. Applicant Background 2. Narrative 3. Sponsorship 4. Reference

Application Instructions

Please complete the application in its entirety. Apply online or print the PDF form and submit it via email or mail.

Application Sections

  • Section 1: Applicant Information
  • Part A: Background
  • Part B: Employment
  • Part C: Upcoming Education
  • Part D: Financial Information
  • Section 2: Narrative
  • Section 3: Sponsorship
  • Section 4: Reference
  • Section 5: Release Form

Documents You Will Need to Provide

  1. W-2 or 1099
  2. Academic plan which includes the degree you are working towards, tentative semester schedule and an overview of your education plan
  3. Institution’s invoice showing all charges for the course(s) you plan to attend
  4. Copy of your financial aid award letter if you received financial aid
  5. Copy of the first page of your Federal Income Tax Return filed for the past two (2) years
  6. Economic plan which includes budgeting of time and money based on your current resources
  7. Typed two (2) – five (5) page narrative
  8. Your sponsoring agency’s 501(c)(3) verification letter

Review and Selection

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received, however, priority is given to current recipients. New applications are reviewed by the scholarship committee utilizing a redacted application. During the review process the scholarship committee may contact the applicant, sponsor or reference. The scholarship committee will submit their recommendations to the Women With Promise Board for final approval. Each applicant will be notified, in writing, of the board’s final decision. Typically, the review and approval process takes two to six weeks, however, under certain circumstances Women With Promise may continue to accept applications up to the start of the semester.

Application Status

Please DO NOT inquire to Women With Promise about your application status. Once decisions are finalized a team member will notify you in writing.

Re-Applying for Next Semester

The renewal process is a refresh of the original application and therefore a much shorter process. You can re-apply as soon as you have your institution’s invoice showing all charges for your next course. To qualify, your GPA for the previous semester must be 2.75 or higher.

Notice of Confidentiality

All information contained in this application will be considered confidential.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Women with Promise Scholarship Program does not discriminate in its selection policy, programs or activities on the basis of race, color, creed, disability, national/ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation or disabled veteran/Vietnam era veteran status.

1 Applicant Background

The first section of the application contains various questions regarding your background, employment, upcoming education and financial information.

2 Narrative

Attach a separate typed statement answering each of the following questions. Your statement should be two (2) to five (5) pages double spaced with your name on each page.

  1. Briefly describe your work and educational history (include any volunteer/community service history).
  2. What do you see as your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?
  3. What personal difficulties/challenges do you anticipate in completing the educational plan you have proposed? Examples include: single parenting, legal proceedings, mental or medical health issues. How will you handle these difficulties?
  4. How will achieving your educational goals enable you to get a job that will allow you to support yourself and your children, if applicable?
  5. Is there any other information you believe is important to the committee’s understanding of why you should be considered for the scholarship program? Please explain.

3 Sponsorship

To qualify for scholarship consideration, you must identify a non-profit organization or special agency that you have worked with for at least six (6) months and who is willing to sponsor (provide support and advocacy) your educational efforts.

It is your responsibility, as the scholarship candidate, to identify a sponsor. The sponsor may be any non-profit {501(c)(3)} service agency that you have partnered with for a minimum of six months.

Instructions

Discuss your academic plan with your sponsoring agency’s advocate or case manager including the degree you are working towards, tentative semester schedule and an overview of your education plan.

Work with your agency’s advocate to develop and regularly discuss a personal economic plan. The economic plan should incorporate all steps necessary to achieve your job or career objective. These steps include budgeting of time and money, clear education goals, building a support network, taking advantage of the resources available in your community regarding medical care, transportation, etc. and acclimating to the language, campus and systems of the school or training program in which you are enrolled.

Have your agency’s advocate complete the “Sponsor Agreement” form and after you’ve completed and signed the “Authorization for Release of Information” have the advocate sign that document as well.

You will need to attach each of the above materials and forms to your application, whether submitting online or via mail, along with your sponsoring agency’s 501(c)(3) verification letter.

4 Reference

Choose a professional contact to complete the two page Reference Form on your behalf.

Here are the forms you will need to complete prior to beginning an application online, this way you have the forms ready to upload.*

*If you create a user account on our website you will be able to save your progress within the online application and return to it at a later date.

Sponsorship Agreement

Authorization for Release of Information

Reference Form