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Dedman Distinguished Scholars


The Dedman Distinguished Scholarship Program is a four-year, merit-based scholarship for students with exceptional academic records.  With an award of $25,000 per year with a $10,000 supplement for study abroad and research recipients are freed from the financial pressures of college, enabling them to focus fully on their academic studies, pursue their research interests, study abroad, participate in community service, and take advantage of enrichment opportunities at the university and in the city of Austin.  Dedman Scholars become part of a close-knit community within a large university and receive advising and mentoring from top faculty.

New Endowment, March 2013

The Dedman Foundation recently announced that it is donating an additional $5 million to the Dedman Distinguished Scholars Program, bringing the total endowment to $20 million. The increased funding will bring more scholarships, enriched activities for Dedman Scholars such as field trips and lectures, more community service opportunities, and will help foster the alumni network. Read more about the increased endowment in the March 18, 2013 Press Release.


The Dedman Distinguished Scholarship Program honors Robert and Nancy Dedman of Dallas, Texas. Their generous gift of $10 million to U.T. Austin's College of Liberal Arts in May of 1986 created an endowment that has funded this prestigious scholarship program.  The Dedman Distinguished Scholarship allows the University of Texas to compete with elite private universities and the best public universities to attract the brightest and most ambitious students in the country.  Since the 1989-90 academic year, the Dedman Distinguished Scholarship Program has funded 132 scholars at the University of Texas.

Application Process

Candidates are drawn from the top applicants to the College of Liberal Arts honors programs, the Liberal Arts Honors Program and the Plan II Honors Program, Finalists receive a letter in the second week of February inviting them to come to the University for an interview. Campus interviews usually take place during the third weekend in March, where finalists meet with current Dedman Scholars, faculty, and administrators, get acquainted with the campus and some of its treasures, and interview with the selection committee. Winners are announced shortly thereafter.

Dedman Scholars Experience at U.T. Austin

Selected by a committee of faculty, distinguished alumni, and current students, Dedman Distinguished Scholars excel in the classroom.  They also have a robust record of extracurricular activities and are engaged in service to their communities.  Dedman Scholars show intellectual curiosity, original and creative thinking, a sense of purpose, and a desire to contribute their ideas and energy in service to others.   Dedman scholars receive personalized academic advising and counseling and are part of a close-knit community of faculty members and honors students.  In addition to participating in numerous on-campus activities designed to foster a sense of community and intellectual exploration, Dedman scholars also take part in off-campus enrichment activities, such as a weekend trip to the McDonald Observatory in West Texas, a field trip to the King Tut exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art, and attendance at a performance of The Winter's Tale by the Actors from the London Stage.