ScholarShot has developed a proven formula in which over 90% of our Scholars earn vocational, associates or undergraduate degrees in 1, 3 or 5 years respectively, and with less than 1/3rd the debt of their peers. Our research shows that first-generation students succeed in graduating from college with the assistance of academic, financial, and emotional support.

Interested in applying to be a ScholarShot Scholar?

Our application cycle runs from October 1st to February 1st. Our cycle is currently closed.

The ScholarShot Difference Turing Dropouts into Degrees

We recruit Scholars from all over North Texas. By clicking on the different graphs, you can see which ISD’s our Scholars are from and sort by demographics, degree type, and field of study.

2022-23 Performance Dashboard

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Academic Management

When our first generation Scholars step on campus, they are already more prepared than other first generation students. Why? Because our Scholars are matched with a trusted individual that provides unwavering support, advisement, advocacy and resources to ensure they graduate. This individual, aka an Academic Manager, assists with degree plans, creates budgets, monitors progress and provides emotional support.

Students are required to submit bi-monthly updates on grades, course progress, concerns and successes, which allow our managers to intervene, advocate and continuously motivate. With a ratio of one Academic Manager to 50 Scholars, our managers are able to create trusting relationships with each student and provide the hands-on management these Scholars need. This is the proven difference in the success of our program.

Financial Support

Before each academic year, our Academic Managers visit with Scholars to review institutional award letters. The managers assess the cost of attendance and look at the Scholar’s award letter, outside scholarships, and personal contribution to determine the student’s ScholarShot budget. Our Scholars are eligible for up to $6,000 to assist them with their expenses.

These funds are not exclusive to college related expenses as they can request support for living expenses, such as rent, groceries and gas. The funding varies according to the institution the student is attending: up to $3,000 per year for a 2-year institution, or up to $6,000 per year for a 4 year institution. Funding is only available for in-state accredited public institutions.

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Mentors are crucial for the continued support of our Scholars towards degree completion and building a network of personal and professional resources.



Establish a mutually enjoyable relationship and walk alongside your Scholar as a stable, reliable friend who speaks into your Scholar’s life with respect and wisdom.

  • Provide a positive role model
  • Encourage focus on goals and if necessary, goal re-set
  • Stress the importance of post-secondary education/college completion
  • Help build a network of personal and professional resources and support

Learn More About Becoming a Mentor

Ways We Support You

  • Mentor training
  • Scholar and Mentor events to get to know each other and support your Scholar
  • Continuous support from ScholarShot staff

Criteria & Expectations

  • Attend ScholarShot mentor training
  • Text/call/email your Scholar 1-2 times a month
  • Meet with Scholar personally at least once/semester (3 times a year) in a visible, public location
  • Attend at least one ScholarShot sponsored event a year
  • Plan to remain your Scholar’s mentor throughout college completion, if possible
  • Complete quarterly mentor tracking form
  • Report any immediate student or mentor concerns to staff

Mentor Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ScholarShot?

ScholarShot is a college completion program providing financial support, advisement and mentoring throughout the students’ college experience.

Can anyone apply?

Yes, any high school student graduating or graduated from a Texas School. Age requirement of 17-25 years of age. First-generation College Student.

Is there a G.P.A. requirement?

No, there is no GPA requirement to apply. Students are selected on a case-by-case basis contingent on need, “grit” and college plan.

I am not a U.S. Citizen; can I still apply?

Yes, both US and S.B. 1528 students can apply for ScholarShot support.

How much funding is available?

Funding varies according to the institution the student is attending: up to $3000/year for a 2-year institution, or up to $6000/year for a 4-year institution. Funding is only available for in-state accredited public institutions.

How does the program work?

Students are provided guidance during the college planning process, along with advisement and monitoring throughout their post-secondary journey. Additional mentors are assigned to students.

What is the application deadline?

The application must be submitted no later than February 1st. To be eligible, the student must have completed all required sections and have uploaded all appropriate documents.

Where do I access the ScholarShot application?

To begin your application, you will need to visit Once you have pressed “Submit” your application will be transmitted to ScholarShot for further consideration!

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