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Rep. Davis announces Urban Scholarship Fund

Special to The Dallas Examiner | 6/13/2016, 10:45 a.m. | Updated on 6/20/2016, 11:53 a.m.
State Rep. Yvonne Davis, D-Dallas, announced that over $500,000 in scholarships are available for high school graduates from Dallas and ...
State Rep. Yvonne Davis, District 111 Texas House of Representatives

Special to The Dallas Examiner

State Rep. Yvonne Davis, D-Dallas, announced that over $500,000 in scholarships are available for high school graduates from Dallas and 28 other urban areas throughout Texas. Administrated by the Texas Association of Developing Colleges, the Urban Scholarship Program was created during the 74th legislative session as part of House Bill 2128 with the cooperation of the three largest local telephone companies in the state of Texas at that time.

Since the establishment of the scholarship fund, over 14,000 students have received over $7.5 million collectively.

“This fund was created to provide access to higher education opportunities for Texans who, without this assistance, might not be able to strive for a college education,” Davis said. “Basically, all the problems facing our communities, including economic parity, high crime, building cohesive families, and other quality of life issues are related to the lack of education. By providing increased avenues of educational opportunity, we multiply our chances of improving the conditions of our state. The goal of this fund is to boost chances of reaching this target.”

The fund is for Texas residents who are also U.S. citizens and full-time undergraduates in good academic standing at any accredited public or private non-profit college, university or technical college. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate financial need and have graduated from a high school in the following metropolitan cities: Abilene, Amarillo, Arlington, Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville, Carrollton, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Worth, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Houston, Irving, Killeen, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, McKinney, Mesquite, Midland, Pasadena, Plano, San Antonio, Waco and Wichita Falls.

The scholarship fund was created in 1995 when Davis attached an amendment to the omnibus telecom bill creating a pool of funds derived from unclaimed telephone service deposits. Previously unclaimed funds went into the unclaimed funds pool in the State Treasury. Although these funds will be shifted into the scholarship account, local telephone companies will still reimburse consumers for any funds properly claimed in the future.

“We ask our students to study hard, make the grade and prepare themselves for the next level necessary to reach their goal. However, the continued rising cost of a college education presents an obstacle to some students. The Urban Scholarship Fund provides these students additional funding to help pay for their college education and ultimately realizing their goal,” Davis stated.

Students from non-metropolitan areas of the state may be covered by the Rural Scholarship fund, which was also created by House Bill 2128.

Students who are interested in applying should contact their high school guidance counselor, college financial aid officer, or call the Texas Association of Developing Colleges at 214-630-2511. Applicants may also complete the scholarship application online at http://www.txadc. The deadline for applying is July 11 (postmarked).