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About Us

Transforming Lives and Communities

The Dallas College Foundation was created in 1973 to support the important work of the Dallas College and its seven campuses: Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland. Our network educates and trains more than 160,000 credit and continuing education students each year.

The Foundation raises funds to support our students and our community. We provide student scholarships, support educational programs at the colleges, and work with other organizations to help remove barriers for students, identify and develop resources, and solve problems in our community.

Since its creation, the Foundation has raised more than $83 million in private donations and distributed more than $42 million in scholarships and grants to support thousands of students in Dallas College.

Annually, the Dallas College Foundation awarded approximately 4,900 scholarships totaling $1.3 million. Over a third of the Foundation's scholarship opportunities are funded by permanent endowments, such as the internationally recognized Rising Star program.

In 2017, the Dallas County Promise was established by the Foundation in collaboration with The Commit Partnership. Dallas County Promise is a coalition of school districts, colleges, universities, employers and communities that have joined forces to help more Dallas County students complete college and begin careers.

The Foundation provides ‘last-dollar scholarships’ to Dallas County Promise students who graduate from a Promise high school with a high school diploma or associate degree. The Promise scholarship covers the gap between need-based financial aid and the cost of tuition for up to a time limit or the completion of a degree per institution.

Priority Initiatives

The Dallas College Foundation seeks private support from individuals, corporate and foundation partners to support the priority initiatives of Dallas College.

The priority initiatives include: