Dallas County Promise champions initiative

A one-to-one advisement initiative matching caring adults with high school seniors to guide their college enrollment journey.

the promise champions initiative

Big Thought, in collaboration with Dallas County Promise, Dallas ISD, The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and other youth-serving organizations have aligned forces to ensure that young people are able to access free college tuition and career pathways empowered through the relationship of a Champion. 

What if every student had an adult Champion to encourage them along the way? 

To support the post-graduate journey, Dallas County Promise launched The Promise Champions Initiative to connect high school seniors with advocates by helping them navigate the critical benchmarks to post-graduation. 

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Hear how the Dallas County Promise Champions Initiative works, and the impact you can make as a Champion.

Watch the Virtual Kick Off Information Session.

Promise Champions Frequently Asked Questions

The Dallas County Promise is more than just a scholarship. The Promise is a program to reduce financial barriers and support students to succeed in college, careers, and life with a commitment to securing a rewarding job in their career pathway.

The Promise is available to all 2020 graduates in 57 participating high schools across 11 school districts. All 2020 graduates – regardless of GPA or family income – have the opportunity to earn a last-dollar scholarship that will cover any gap between what a student’s state and federal financial aid cover and the cost of tuition at a Promise Partner college. Promise Scholars also have access to a Success Coach and exclusive transfer scholarships at Promise partner colleges and universities

Champions are expected to connect with their Scholar weekly through scheduled virtual interactions. All interactions will take place via our secure messaging tool, Palette. Through those sessions, Champions determine the kind of support that will be most useful for their specific Scholars, including college planning, general career advice, personal encouragement and more.

Promise Champions play 4 key roles:

  1. Encourage high school students
  2. Help students navigate and prepare for post-secondary
  3. Guide and help students with post-secondary choice
  4. Help inspire and empower students to set career goals and life aspirations

Champions connect with their students virtually on a weekly basis using the secure Palette tool. Throughout the year Champions spend 1 to 2 hours each month assisting a student as they prepare for post-secondary. With just a few hours of your time, you can make a world of difference in their life.

The Promise Champion Initiative is currently at 15 high schools within Dallas Independent School District and 1 within Desoto Independent School District. Those schools include:

David W. Carter HS
Emmett J. Conrad HS
Just F. Kimball HS
Lincoln HS
James Madison HS
North Dallas HS
L.G. Pinkston HS
Franklin D. Roosevelt HS
W.W. Samuell HS
Seagoville HS
South Oak Cliff HS
H. Grady Spruce HS
Sunset HS
Thomas Jefferson HS
Wilmer-Hutchins HS
Desoto High School



A Promise Champion should expect to spend roughly two hours per month communicating and connecting with their assigned student(s). We encourage each Champion-Scholar pair to build a relationship and communication flow that meets both of their schedules and interests.

We ask our Champions to make a commitment of at least 8-12 months in order to ensure that the student is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If a Champion must leave the relationship early, we request a one month notice.

The Dallas County Promise does not have a GPA requirement for the initial semester at Dallas College. However, some Promise partner universities do have admission criteria for eligibility. Promise Scholars who wish to enroll at Dallas College and meet all Promise deadlines, have financial need, and have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale will also receive the Rising Star Scholarship to cover the cost of textbooks.

Students entering Dallas College on academic probation due to dual credit grades are eligible for Promise for the first Fall semester. If students do not meet the 2.0 GPA renewal requirement at the end of the Fall semester, they may not be able to continue on in the Promise program.

There is no cap on the number of graduates that can receive the Promise gap funding at Dallas College, UNT Dallas, MSU or TAMUC. However, transfer scholarships to SMU and other partner universities are limited.

For specific requirements and eligibility by school, please refer to http://dallascountypromise.org/students/college-partners.

No. Promise Champions will not engage with their students in any business transactions, and communication will take place via our secure messaging tool, Palette.