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Jindal Young Scholars Program in High School

The Jindal Young Scholars Program is a partnership between the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas and the Dallas Independent School District. Its purpose is to support the academic, social and emotional development of Dallas ISD high school students and improve their readiness for success in college and careers.

High school students interested in becoming a Jindal Young Scholar must complete the JYSP questionnaire. The questionnaire is available through the high school’s JYSP administrator at each participating DISD school. These questionnaires will be reviewed by the UT Dallas JYSP director and the Jindal Young Scholars selection committee.

High School students selected to be Jindal Young Scholars may participate in the following:

  • Monthly Inspirational/Informational Sessions: These sessions will be held at each JYSP high school. These sessions are designed to provide timely and relevant information on preparing for postsecondary education. Speakers will be experts in their fields. These monthly get-togethers are meant to inspire students to achieve academic success and inform them how to make that happen.
  • Mentoring: “Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic and professional situations.” (The National Mentoring Partnership, 2019). JYSP mentors may be UT Dallas students, staff, faculty, alumni or community partners. The JYSP director will match mentors will high schools students, with the goal of a 1:5 mentor-student ratio. Mentoring will occur primarily via an online platform with the goal of providing the necessary resources to meet the needs of Jindal Young Scholars.
  • SAT/ACT Preparation Sessions: According to the College Board, which administers the SAT test, just six to eight hours of preparation on official SAT practice tests correlates to an average 90-point increase on SAT scores. A 115-point average score increase is associated with 20 hours of practice (The Washington Post, May 9, 2017). The Jindal Young Scholars Program collaborates with Dallas ISD to provide opportunities for JYSP students to hone their test-taking skills and content knowledge during the fall, spring and summer.
  • UT Dallas Campus Visits: Touring campus gives high school students a chance to experience people connected with UT Dallas and campus life. These visits also offer students an opportunity to see for themselves what higher education looks like. This is why, each year, high schoolers involved in JYSP are invited for a daylong tour of the UT Dallas campus.

No. The purpose of the Jindal Young Scholars Program is to help high school students prepare for postsecondary education and their future careers. It is up to each student to decide what post-secondary educational path to take.

No. Jindal Young Scholars who want to attend UT Dallas will go through the same application process as all students seeking admission. However, Jindal Young Scholars who participate fully in the high school program and who meet certain academic criteria may be considered for a JYSP scholarship to attend the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Mentoring for Jindal Young Scholars

Naveen Jindal School of Management students who want to be a JYSP mentor may attend an information session early in the fall semester. Anyone who wants to serve as a JYSP mentor must complete the online JYSP mentor questionnaire, at the invitation of the JYSP program director, and then interview with the director. Those chosen to be JYSP mentors must also complete a Dallas ISD volunteer application (which includes a criminal background screen) and attend a brief training session led by the JYSP director.

Showing up for students is crucial to the mentoring program success. The JYSP director will match mentors with mentees with the goal of not exceeding a 5:1 student-to-mentor ratio. The JYSP mentoring program will be conducted primarily via an online platform to allow the flexibility needed to communicate effectively and in a timely manner.

Financial Support for the Jindal Young Scholars Program

One major component of JYSP, once students are enrolled in the Jindal School, is covering the costs of their education, including room and board, through grants and scholarships. At the high school level, donations are used to underwrite programs on each high school campus such as mentoring and SAT/ACT preparation; and to defray the costs of the annual campus visit to UT Dallas.

Donations at any level are valued and contribute to the success of these students. Contact Archie Nettles, assistant director of development and alumni relations, for information.

There may be opportunities for in-kind donations to support specific JYSP activities, both at UT Dallas and on the Dallas ISD campuses. Contact Archie Nettles, assistant director of development and alumni relations, to discuss future needs and opportunities.

The JYSP advisory board, comprised of committed professionals who understand the needs and relevance of the Jindal Young Scholars Program, welcomes other members who are passionate about educating all of Dallas’ students to their highest ability level. Our board members understand that the entire community benefits when all students receive a quality education. Contact Archie Nettles, assistant director of development and alumni relations, to discuss this opportunity for service.

Important Dates, Deadlines and Events

The University of Texas at Dallas is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). All campus events have been canceled, virtualized or postponed until further notice. Questions about campus events specific to Jindal Young Scholars and future JYSP activities both at UT Dallas and at Dallas ISD high schools should be referred to Billy Schewee, JYSP program director.

For general information about The University of Texas at Dallas, go here.

For general information about Naveen Jindal School of Management, go here.

To follow the Jindal School and its students on social media, go here.

For specific questions, contact Billy Schewee, JYSP program director, at 972-883-5142.

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