Think you don’t have the money for college? We can help. The Rising Star Program is here for you.
Rising Star provides qualified high school graduates with academic support services and up to $5,500 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 El Centro College 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 El Centro College — the Foundation established the Rising Star Scholars Program in 1999.
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.
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.
Get answers to some common questions about the Rising Star Program.
If you want to attend a four-year college or university after you leave El Centro College, 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.
The DCCCD Foundation gratefully acknowledges its
Legacy Leaders, who gave $1 million and above in support of the Rising Star Program.
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 - 243KB) to learn more about how this program can help you achieve your dreams.