News & Events

Apr 2019

Corporate Event

The HR and Lending Departments of Independent Bank in McKinney hosted our Scholars for a Corporate Event. Our students learned how to craft resumes, interview tips and financial literacy. Special thanks to the incredible staff that took to the time to help our students.

Jan 2019

Mentor Training

ScholarShot hosted a new Mentor Training for Teach For America alums & Toyota staff members! These individuals expressed interest in helping our Scholars by offering career advice, academic assistance and encouragement in tough times. As a mentor, these professionals commit to assist their mentee reach college graduation and earn a job afterwards. We are so excited for their eagerness & cannot wait to hear about their experiences!

Nov 2018

Mentor & Mentee Event

ScholarShot hosted another Mentor & Mentee event at a Dallas Stars game. The game was 0-0 until overtime, but then the Stars won! We were excited to witness this victory & grateful for the mentors and Scholars that joined us.

Sept 2018

North Texas Giving Day

We raised $193,000 on North Texas Giving Day, which is up 60% over last year’s giving.

Aug 2018

D CEO Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards

ScholarShot was named honoree in the Social Enterprise category at the 2018 Award Ceremony! We are honored for the recognition & will continue to persist in our work for college completion among all first generation students!



July 2018

AT&T Impact Day

The NETwork DFW & Hacemos Dallas hosted a career development day that are Scholars were blessed to attend. Volunteers from AT&T assisted our students with resume building and interview skills. Our Scholars were also fortunate to listen to a panel of AT&T professionals and interns that provided insight into career readiness.



June 2018

ScholarShot Cook In

ScholarShot board members, staff, mentors and graduates gathered to welcome 48 new Scholars and to celebrate the accomplishments of our current Scholars at our Annual Cook In.



Mentor & Mentee Event

ScholarShot hosted our second Mentor & Mentee gathering of the year at Can You Rob the Bank? Escape Room. Although we were not successful in robbing the bank, we got pretty darn close.

April 2018

Inaugural Graduate Luncheon

ScholarShot celebrated our Graduates at the first ever Graduate Luncheon. We were blessed to hear from ScholarShot Graduate, Estefania Alcantar; Keynote Speaker & Superintendent of Dallas ISD, Dr. Michael Hinojosa; and Unsung Hero of Education, Ms. Mary Louise Ludt. Also, special thanks to our emcee, Mr. Todd Williams. The amount of support our Graduates & Scholars receive is appreciated & we are grateful for the community partners & Board members that attended!


CBS News Story

ScholarShot was featured on CBS 11 News after our BIG win! Check out our feature here!


Social Innovator of 2018 – One Up the Pitch

ScholarShot competed at this year’s One Up the Pitch & was named Social Innovator of 2018 by the judges. We are blessed to have received this recognition along with a $75,000 grand prize! Click here for a quick recap!

March 2018

Mentor & Mentee Mixer

ScholarShot celebrated our Scholars & Mentors with a evening at Bowl & Barrel. There was plenty of bowling, food and fun! We are so grateful for the wonderful relationships our mentors have with our students. Their impact is essential to the success of the ScholarShot program.

In Dallas, We Are Setting Up Our High School Students to Fail – Op-Ed Piece by Executive Director, Dan Hooper

February 2018

ScholarShot receives a record number of 673 applications to fill 50 awards for the 2018 ScholarShot cohort.

January 2018

ScholarShot was one of three non-profits picked by the Dallas Foundation to compete for the Pegasus Prize.

December 2017

 ScholarShot finishes another record year of growth in revenue, graduates and new Scholar enrollment.  ScholarShot made 95% of its 2017 budget raising over $810,000

October 2017

One Up the Vote – Week 4 Winner!

One Up the Vote was a month long campaign ran through United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. As one of seven fellows, we were to use our social media channels to generate the most weekly votes to be eligible for a weekly $12,500 prize and the grand prize of $50,000! Through the help of our donors, scholars and community partners, we were able to win the last week’s challenge of increasing the number of voters from Week 3 to Week 4! Watch the video of when United Way surprised us with our $12,500 check here!

Discover the REAL About College!

On October 17, ScholarShot hosted a college planning event at the State Fair of Texas. We interacted with over 70 HS seniors from Dallas County schools! This program included FREE fair entry, food, prizes & FREE fair coupons for every student! The students definitely had a great time and learned about planning for college using the ScholarShot model

August 2017

Paxton and Trump’s Big DACA Showdown  –  Op-Ed Piece by Executive Director, Dan Hooper

June 2017

Annual Cook-in

We celebrated our incoming and current Scholars at our annual cook-in! We invited community partners, board members and donors to participate in this special occasion. ScholarShot welcomed 40 Scholars to the 2017-2018 cohort!

February 2017

We set up low-income students to fail, and it’s costing Dallas billions of dollars –  Op-Ed Piece by Executive Director, Dan Hooper

Ground Floor Fellow

 Through a rigorous and highly competitive process, ScholarShot was chosen as one of ten fellows for Ground Floor. Ground Floor is a program (through United Way) that invests funding and resources for start up organizations. Dan, our Executive Director, will be partnered with Ground Floor mentors that provide helpful problem solving to assist in the advancement of ScholarShot.