ScholarShot hosted two virtual mentor training for volunteers. Our mentors are vital to the success of our Scholars & provide further encouragement, advice, and support! ScholarShot currently has 98 mentors for students. For more information or to become a mentor, please visit https://scholarshot.org/mentor/.
Texas Instruments Career Panel
Texas Instruments partnered with ScholarShot to offer a virtual networking event for our STEM Scholars. Our Scholars met with four esteemed professionals to learn about their career journey and their current roles. Scholars also met with a current TI intern, who shared his experience.
Repligen donated $10,000 to ScholarShot. We are incredibly blessed for this support towards our work!
New Scholar Orientation
We hosted virtual orientation sessions for our 38 new ScholarShot Scholars! We are so excited to welcome them into our family! Our current number of Scholars has increased to 158.
While Covid-19 was taking a devastating effect on the mental health of our students, we decided to offer virtual workshops about self-care & career development to help. We partnered with Our Friends Place & hosted sessions on Managing Stress, Boundaries, Time Management, Financial Literacy & Preparing for Graduate School. We are so grateful for our partners that dedicate time & energy to our students.
Invitation Homes & Federal Reserve Bank opened up their sites to ScholarShot Scholars this month! Our first-generation college students walked away with some valuable information, thanks to these partners.
Mentor & Mentee Event
We hosted our Fall event at Top Golf. A great time was had by all, even those of us that struggled with golfing. As always, we appreciate the mentors and scholars that were able to join us!
College Station Visit
The ScholarShot team traveled to Texas A&M University to visit with our 25 Aggie Scholars!
The University of Texas at Arlington Student Dinner
The ScholarShot team visited our UTA students and then took them to Cajun Corner for dinner! It was such a pleasure catching up with our Scholars!
Our students were able to attend three Corporate Events, one with a merchandising company, another with a technology company and another at a clinic.
BioWorld Merchanding, who create licensed apparal and accessories for Disney & Marvel, invited our students for a tour of their facility and learned more what they do.
We visited Texas Instruments, a technology company that designs semiconductors and various integrated circuits, took a tour of their facility and learned exactly how their circuits are integral parts of our electronics.
Finally, we visited Southwest Cardiac Associates and learned how they help patients and the different roles represented in the clinic.
Mentor & Mentee Event
We spent an evening at the Texas Rangers game with our mentors! We had such a great time especially since we were able to cheer the Rangers to a win! We are thankful for our mentors and how they support our students.
Accenture hosted our Scholars for a Corporate Event. Our students were assisted with their resumes and cover letters & learned about the importance of LinkedIn. We are so grateful for our incredible partners who make opportunities like this possible for students.
ScholarShot Welcome Dinner
ScholarShot board members, staff, partners, mentors and graduates gathered to welcome 51 new Scholars and to celebrate the accomplishments of our current Scholars at our annual celebration.
ScholarShot hosted a Mentor Training for interested volunteers! This training was especially important because we welcomed two recent ScholarShot graduates as new mentors. We cannot wait for these volunteers to match with Scholars and offer career advice, academic assistance and encouragement.
ScholarShot celebrated our Graduates at our Annual Graduate Luncheon. We were blessed to hear from ScholarShot Graduate and newest Academic Manager, Kenya Silva; Keynote Speaker & President and CEO of Big Thought, Byron Sanders; and Unsung Hero of Education, Mr Bob Mong, President of The University of North Texas at Dallas. The amount of support our Graduates received is appreciated & we are grateful for the community partners & Board members that attended!
Mentor & Mentee Event
ScholarShot hosted our first Mentor & Mentee event of 2019 at Pinot’s Palette. We turned blank canvases into beautiful depictions of Dallas skyline. We are very appreciative of the mentors and Scholars that joined us!
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.
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!
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.
North Texas Giving Day
We raised $193,000 on North Texas Giving Day, which is up 60% over last year’s giving.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
ScholarShot receives a record number of 673 applications to fill 50 awards for the 2018 ScholarShot cohort.
ScholarShot was one of three non-profits picked by the Dallas Foundation to compete for the Pegasus Prize.
One Up the Vote – Week 4 Winner!
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
Paxton and Trump’s Big DACA Showdown – Op-Ed Piece by Executive Director, Dan Hooper
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!
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.