Jindal Young Scholars Program

The Dallas Independent School District is the 14th-largest school district in the nation, with a diverse population of about 157,000 students. Of those 157,000 students, roughly 88 percent — 138,160 students — come from economically disadvantaged homes. About 44 percent come from limited English proficiency homes.*

After spring 2018 graduation, 56 percent of economically disadvantaged students enrolled in post-secondary education during the following school year. Of that number, 24 percent did not return for a second year of college. The six-year graduation rate of the economically disadvantaged students from the Class of 2012 was 20 percent.**

While the trend lines for Dallas ISD are improving, in many cases dramatically, many Dallas ISD students need help – often financial help – to stay in college. The goal of the Jindal Young Scholars Program is to improve graduation numbers. Offering hands-on assistance in high school and additional financial awards to those students accepted into the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management, the Jindal Young Scholars Program gives to Dallas what it needs — bright, educated and motivated professionals who are committed to improving the community where they grew up.

Jindal Young Scholars attend one of these five Dallas ISD high schools:

High school students in the Jindal Young Scholars Program make a commitment to:

  • Maintain a high GPA in high school and attend study sessions for their high school classes and for standardized tests
  • Attend events and classes to develop their social and emotional skills
  • Take advantage of visits to the UT Dallas campus and other universities, as offered
  • Involve their parents, when possible, in their educational activities

For information, contact billy.schewee@utdallas.edu

The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management is making the following commitment to these aspiring college-bound students:

  • Provide academic, social and emotional enrichment activities on their high school campus and at UT Dallas.
  • Help high school seniors who have successfully participated in JYSP apply to accredited four-year colleges and universities.
  • Help these high school seniors, and their parents as necessary, apply for financial aid, including completing FAFSA forms and other state and national postsecondary financial aid applications.
  • Answer questions from parents.

There is no requirement that students apply only to UT Dallas or attend either UT Dallas or Jindal School. Students are welcome (and encouraged) to apply to colleges and universities that suit their educational and career goals. If a JYSP high school student does apply to and is accepted by UT Dallas, and enrolls in the Jindal School, the following additional commitments are made by JYSP:

  • JYSP will provide a full scholarship for up to four years to cover unmet monetary needs after federal, state and institutional financial assistance is awarded. This scholarship may be used for tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies and/or a stipend.
  • JYSP will provide additional academic and personal support for students transitioning to college life.

For information, contact Billy Schewee.

For many Dallas ISD students, the desire to be a part of the thriving North Texas economy is there, but the financial means is not. Through this program, donors ensure that students who receive academic and social support in high school, who meet the rigorous enrollment requirements of UT Dallas and who maintain their commitment to excellence while in college, are given every opportunity to join this region’s global economy.

Financially supporting Jindal Young Scholars Program will:

  • Provide tutoring and enrichment programs for high school students
  • Allow students, with JYSP oversight, to take part in cultural and academic programs
  • Fund scholarships for students who are accepted by UT Dallas and enroll in the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

For information on how you can help or to schedule a campus or high school visit, contact Billy Schewee, director of the Jindal Young Scholars Program.

JYSP Calendar

Important Dates for JYSP High School Seniors, 2019
Date Activity
October 2018 Consideration for the Academic Excellence Scholarship at UT Dallas begins, with first round of awards made in mid-December. FAFSA form must be completed.
March 1, 2019 The UT Dallas student housing application is due no later than March 1, 2019. (JYSP students should apply to the First Generation Living Learning Community.) Student must be admitted to UT Dallas. Student is responsible for non-refundable $150 application fee.
January 2019 Registration opens for Freshman Orientation ($75 for student; $30 for family to attend)
Spring 2019 Registration opens for Comet Camp ($150) in Spring 2019. Sessions are in July 2019 and August 2019
Spring 2019 Consider registering for Summer Success Camps after being admitted to UT Dallas. Registration opens in Spring 2019. Camps are on various dates depending upon topic.
Monday, August 19, 2019 Classes begin. The Academic Calendar lists many important dates.

Contact us

Billy Schewee

Billy Schewee

Director, Jindal Young Scholars Program

Billy will answer questions about Jindal Young Scholars Program.

Doug Anderson

Doug Anderson

Assistant Dean of Development & Alumni Relations

Doug will answer questions about Jindal Young Scholars Program.