Texas Business Hall of Fame Award

Texas business hall of fame scholarship

The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation assists future business leaders with pursuing their degrees in Texas schools through a scholar award program.

Submissions are now open for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Deadline for submission of the 2021 TBHF Scholarship application is by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021.

TBHF Scholarship Application

(Exceptions may be made for especially outstanding students. Financial need may be considered, but is not a requirement for application.)

  • Exhibits entrepreneurial aspirations and a propensity for leadership and innovation
  • Exhibits proven entrepreneurial track record (preferred)
  • Is studying at an institution of higher learning in Texas and is enrolled in or associated with a business or entrepreneurship program in Spring and Fall 2021 at least 6 hours in each semester
  • Must be enrolled for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years at the designated school in which the scholarship will be awarded, except in special cases for non-standard academic programs, as approved by the Vice President of Scholarship (i.e., Accelerated schedules 16-18 months; Executive MBA, evening or part-time, dual programs, etc.)
  • Exhibits leadership in campus and community activities
  • Has outstanding moral character
  • Is a U.S. citizen planning to pursue a career in Texas
  • Good academic credentials (3.0 or above preferred, with strong affinity for entrepreneurship)
  • Graduate or Masters in Business/MBA students preferred, exceptions made for qualified undergraduate students (Junior and senior business students will be considered if currently enrolled in STARTUP LAUNCH or if part of a team pursuing innovative and entrepreneurial business ventures)
  • Able to attend the TBHF Annual Scholar Award Luncheon and Induction Dinner (both occur on October 28, in Dallas; attendance is required to receive award)
  • Able to travel for interviews (when applicable) and events (at the candidate’s expense)
  • If selected, be a good steward of the TBHF Scholarship Program and maintain engagement through campus involvement, social media, attendance at area events, etc.
  1. Please submit the completed Scholarship Application Form with all supporting documents via email to tbhf-scholarship@utdallas.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021.

    Supporting documents include:
    • A one page narrative (signed and dated) answering the question:
      How have you demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and business leadership, what are your future goals, and why do you plan to pursue a career specifically in Texas? You may also include a description of any current or upcoming business ideas or ventures.
    • A nomination/recommendation letter from the dean, a program director, or faculty member
    • Current Resume
    • Most Recent Transcript (electronic, scanned, and unofficial copies acceptable)
    • Professional Headshot
  2. Submitted applications will be reviewed by the UTD TBHF Scholarship committee.
  3. Potential candidates will be contacted for interview. Each interview will last 20-30 minutes.
  4. Finalists selected will be recommended to the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation for interview.
  5. Selection of the scholarship recipients is slated to be announced in May. Please note that participation in the final rounds of the selection process does not guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded.

The TBHF’s preference is to focus on the innovative and entrepreneurial ventures of management students but will consider students outside JSOM who are taking courses via Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars.

Typically the TBHF Foundation gives scholar awards to three UT Dallas students each year.

Yes, you must be a U.S. citizen by the time of the first round of interviews in mid-February to be eligible. If you are working on getting your citizenship, you may apply, but be mindful of the aforementioned requirement. The reason for this is that the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation’s mission is to sow seeds for the future of Texas by acknowledging and helping underwrite the promise that is being demonstrated by Texas business students across the state.

Grad students generally tend to fit the profile for typical TBHF scholar award winners more so than undergrads, because they more often have the breadth of leadership and real-world entrepreneurial experience needed to be competitive for the awards. That said, undergraduate juniors and seniors with well-developed entrepreneurial ideas or startups certainly do apply and win sometimes.

While an established business or startup is not required to apply for the awards, most applicants are already working on some sort of business idea or startup.

Yes, you must be enrolled through the end of May, 2022, in order to be eligible. This is an important requirement, so if you have any doubts about your status through the end of May, 2022, you should email the Jindal School TBHF Committee with details about your situation before applying.

  1. the completed and signed electronic application, which includes detail about your: academic honors and achievements, extracurricular leadership and achievements (school-sponsored and non-school-sponsored), work and/or research experience, military experience, and business idea or plan including financial projection for related capital needs;
  2. a digital headshot (does not need to be a professional headshot, but should be a head and shoulders photo of you in business attire);
  3. a one-page signed and dated narrative detailing how you have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and business leadership, what your future goals are, and why you want to pursue a career in Texas;
  4. a nomination/recommendation letter from the dean, a program director, or faculty member, which provides details about your academic, leadership and entrepreneurial qualifications and your suitability for the Texas Business Hall of Fame scholar awards;
  5. your current resume (no more than two pages); and
  6. an unofficial copy of your UT Dallas transcript as well as transcripts from any other colleges/universities attended (unofficial copies are acceptable for your initial application; you will only need to order official copies of all transcripts if you move ahead in the interview process).