About the Scholarship

The Dedman Distinguished Scholars Essay Competition aim is to help high school students to emphasize and improving their communication skills with a focus on writing at the college level.

Dedman Scholars work to improve their communication skills through the regular practice of their abilities in writing, argumentation, and presentation. The program and its scholars hope that high school students will find the competition to be inspirational, rewarding, and beneficial as they prepare themselves for success in college and beyond.


Application Procedure?

  • In order to apply for this scholarship fund, an applicant must write an essay. The essay must contain 4,000 characters, which is about 750-800 words. Judges will review essays and score them based on a number of factors.

  • Essay forms must be fully completed using the link given on the official website for submission to be valid for the competition.

  • Entrants must agree to allow their essays to be published on the Dedman Distinguished Scholars Essay Competition website and in other materials.

  • Winners must agree to submit and allow brief biographical information to be posted on the Dedman Distinguished Scholars Essay Competition website and in other materials

  • Winners will be required to create a UT EID and submit a payment address with the University.


Award Amount and Deadline

The scholarship award amount changes based on the places secured by the winning candidates.

  • First place - $1500

  • Second Place - $1000

  • Third Place - $500

  • Honorable mention #1 - $250

  • Honorable mention #2- $250

The Deadline for this scholarship is 25th April 2020. All applicants must submit their essay no later than the mentioned deadline.


Eligibility Criteria

  • An applicant must be a sophomore or a junior currently enrolled in a public or private high school in Texas and be a legally recognized citizen of the University.

  • A student must submit an original essay by the student following the instructions as stated by the provider.

  • Candidates must submit documentation from their high schools showing their enrollment status when the scholarship is received.

  • A recipient must agree to allow their essays to be published on the Dedman Distinguished Scholars Essay Competition website and in other materials.