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Achieve Your Dream as a Mustang Scholar

An SMU education could be within your reach through the SMU Mustang Scholars program. Tuition and fees will be paid for academically competitive students who are selected Mustang Scholars. The program is currently available to Dallas Independent School District students exclusively. Join the community of Mustang Scholars at SMU.

An education at a nationally recognized, private university is more affordable than you thought.

  • Acceptance to SMU
  • Graduation from a DISD high school
  • Texas residency
  • Pell Grant eligible
  • Mustang Scholar applicant essay
  • Selection panel interview 
How to Apply:
  • Submit an application for admission to SMU by January 15th. Application fee waivers are available.
  • Submit an essay of 500 words or less by February 15 to on the following topic: Discuss how the following quote applied to your academic career in high school and how it will apply to your time at SMU: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”- General Colin Powell
  • Submit your FAFSA and CSS/Profile by February 15th (priority deadline).
Selected finalists will be invited to interview at SMU in mid-March and the scholarship recipients will be notified in early April. For more information about applying and application fee waivers, contact Jaqueline Romero, Admission Counselor, at 214-768-2087 or