The University of North Texas at Dallas, along with the Dallas County Community College District, Southern Methodist University, and the Dallas Independent School District, witnessed the official launch of the Dallas County Promise (DCP) initiative on Wednesday, May 2, during national #CollegeSigningDay at W.H. Adamson High School.

DCP is a transformational effort between school districts, colleges, universities, workforce and communities to increase college completion. Its mission is to provide free college education and increase college completion, in addition to building partnerships with universities and their scholarship programs.

In the program’s first year, 9,300 graduating seniors from 31 high schools received scholarships to help fund their education. 

“At the University of North Texas at Dallas, we believe in collaboration,” said President Bob Mong. “We believe in partnering with school districts, community colleges and philanthropists who want to support students in their pursuit of post-secondary education. This is only the beginning of what will be a great avenue towards helping local students earn a college degree.”

Dr. Jill Biden, former second lady of the United States and Honorary Chair of the College Promise Campaign, served as the keynote speaker. Regarded as one of the country’s top community college professors, Dr. Biden’s message featured a congratulatory tone, along with how beneficial DCP is to each student’s future.

“You’ve done so much to stand with your classmates today. You’ve studied. You’ve planned,” Biden said. “The chance to go to college is life-changing for students and their families. With a dynamic scholarship, mentoring, and support from partnering organizations, the Dallas County Promise is giving you the chance to attend school, complete your education, expand your career choices and build lives that are more financially secure.”

President Mong felt Dr. Biden’s message captivated the crowd and was quite inspirational.

“Looking around the audience, you could see how attentive everybody was during her speech. Her energy and passion for higher education is remarkable, and I’m glad she’s such an advocate for what we’re trying to do for the city of Dallas and the surrounding areas.”