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Rising Star


Think you don’t have the money for college? We can help. The Rising Star Program is here for you.


Program Mission Statement: The El Centro Rising Star Office provides academic and financial student support services to low income, high performing Dallas county high school graduates, in an effort to provide them access to a quality education in an urban, multicultural setting.

We provide the following student services:
  • Academic Advising
  • New Student Orientation
  • Financial Aid Application Assistance (FAFSA)
  • Free Tutoring
  • Degree & Career Planning
  • 4-yr. College/ University Transfer Assistance
  • Cultural Events & Trips
  • University Field Trips
  • Educational and Success Skill Workshops
  • Rising Star Club

What Is Rising Star?

Rising Star provides qualified high school graduates with academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

The DCCCD Foundation created the Rising Star Program because we believe everyone should have a chance to realize the American dream. We also believe that a college education through the colleges of DCCCD is an excellent first step toward achieving that goal.

Recognizing that some people truly lack the personal finances needed for college — even the affordable rates offered by the colleges — the Foundation established the Rising Star Scholars Program in 1999.

Who Is Eligible?

If you have recently graduated from a Dallas County public high school, have demonstrated financial need and meet certain academic requirements, you can be a Rising Star. Find out now if you are eligible.

How Do I Apply?

You’ll need to complete an admission application, complete a Rising Star application and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Just follow these steps to become a Rising Star.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some common questions about the Rising Star Program.

Rising Star Transfer Scholarships

If you want to attend a four-year college or university after you leave the colleges of DCCCD, we want to help you get there. The Rising Star Program has worked with local universities to establish transfer scholarships just for Rising Star students.

Our Sponsors

The DCCCD Foundation gratefully acknowledges its Legacy Leaders, who gave $1 million and above in support of the Rising Star Program.

Contact Us

If you have questions or need more information, contact the Rising Star Office at your college (or the college you plan to attend) to speak with a Rising Star advisor.

View the Rising Star brochure (PDF - 4.79MB) to learn more about how this program can help you achieve your dreams.