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Scholars of Excellence Weekend

University of Dallas Scholars of Excellence Weekend

February 21-22, 2020

University of Dallas will host the first annual Chancellor’s Excellency Scholarship Competition on Saturday February 22, 2020. By invitation only, an elite group of students will be competing for one of 10 full-tuition scholarships.

The event will begin on the evening of Friday, February 21, 2020 with a lecture from President Hibbs, followed by a reception honoring all guests, hosted by the President and Provost Sanford. On Saturday, students invited to participate will attend mock lectures and seminars, participate in small group discussions, have lunch with faculty and compete in an essay contest. A detailed itinerary will be emailed out at least one-week prior to the event. 

Additional Information:

  • You must complete your application for admission to the University of Dallas by our December 1 Early Action deadline. 
  • You will be notified by January 10, 2020 if you have been selected as a candidate to compete. 
  • This is an invitation-only event, no separate application is required. However, individuals must register to attend
  • Students must register by February 7, 2020. Due to unprecedented interest in this event and space constraints on our campus, our registration is filled. Please fill out the form if you would like to be included on a waitlist. 
  • Students will be allowed one parent/guest. 
  • Students must be physically present for all events during the weekend to qualify to receive a scholarship. Be prepared to arrive on campus by 5 pm Friday. No exceptions.  

The competition will include a timed writing component. If you are eligible for ADA/504 accommodations please email the proper documentation to And if you have any questions about disability services or disability accommodations at UD, please feel free to contact Dr. Skinner through email or by phone at (972) 721-5056.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people am I competing against?

Until the day of the event we can’t know the exact number, but we are anticipating 175 students will be in attendance.

What do I wear?

We encourage a smart casual look. You should be comfortable enough to sit for long periods of time and walk across campus, but remember that you are here to impress. Additionally, it might be wise to bring a light jacket or sweater as classrooms can be chilly.  

What does the schedule look like?

A detailed schedule will be provided to the participants one week prior to the event. Be prepared to arrive on campus no later than 5 p.m. Friday for check-in, with a lecture and reception to follow. Saturday will begin around 7:30 a.m. with check-in and breakfast. Throughout the day you will have two essay writing sessions, a lecture, professor panel and a student life session. 

Parents/guests will have a separate schedule that will be provided to them on the day of.  

Are meals being provided?

Dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday will be provided. There will be water stations around campus during the weekend, but we also recommend bringing your own refillable water bottle.


What if I can’t make it on Friday/have to leave early on Saturday?

There will be no exceptions to arriving late or missing any portion of the weekend. If you leave the event before it concludes you will no longer be eligible for the event’s scholarship consideration.

Please plan accordingly. 

Will the essays be handwritten?

Yes, we will provide you with blue exam books. Please try to remember to bring your own pen or pencil, though extra pens/pencils will be available.

What will I be allowed to have during the essay writing sessions?

You will be allowed to use any handwritten notes you may have taken during the lectures. No cell phones will be allowed. Use of a cell phone during the essay writing sessions will result in immediate disqualification. 

Are the essay writing sessions timed? 

Yes. Each session is one hour.  

Can I request accommodations?

If you are eligible for ADA/504 accommodations please email the proper documentation to And if you have any questions about disability services or disability accommodations at UD, please feel free to contact Dr. Joshua Skinner through email or by phone at (972) 721-5056.

How can I prepare?

The easy answer is, you can't. The lectures and materials provided will be unique to this event. Come prepared to listen attentively and take notes. 

When will I know if I am being awarded a scholarship?

No later than April 1, 2020.

How will the essays be graded?

Essays will be evaluated by professors, and from there a committee will make the final selection of scholarship recipients.  

Will I get my essay back after the event is over?

No. We will not be keeping the essays as part of your official record.

Is my family allowed to attend?

Due to spacing constraints on campus, each registrant is allowed only one guest. 

How many scholarship winners will be selected? 

We will select 10 scholarship recipients.  

If I win, can I use the scholarship on other institutional expenses?

No, this is a tuition-only scholarship. This will replace your current merit-based scholarship.

I have friends on campus, can I just stay with them for the weekend? 

Definitely! Feel free to make your own arrangements to stay with friends or family on campus.

Is transportation available to and from campus?

Visitors are responsible for making airport transportation arrangements. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system provides some options, or you can use a shuttle service or rideshare.

DART Rail from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport: Take the Orange Line from Terminal A to the University of Dallas station.

DART Rail from Dallas Love Field Airport: Take Bus 524 to the Orange Line. Take the Orange Line to the University of Dallas station.

For directions to campus and a campus map, click here.

Is this a four year award?

Yes, this scholarship is renewable for up to four years. As with all of our scholarships, to maintain eligibility for any financial aid administered by the University, Satisfactory Academic Progress must be made. Please follow this link to read more about Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

What do you recommend for lodging?

Click this link to see a list of area hotels recommended by the Office of Admission.


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