Dedman Scholars belong to cohorts organized by entering class, with each cohort named after a Dedman virtue: humility, sacrifice, courage, conviction, honor, compassion, integrity, and honesty. These eight virtues also reflect the character attributes that Robert Dedman upheld in his own life and identified as the foundation for his success. The Dedman Distinguished Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Austin welcomes essay submissions from currently enrolled sophomore and junior high school students in Texas.
Only sophomores and juniors currently enrolled in a public or private high school in Texas are eligible to apply. Essays must be the original work of student entrants. Winning students must submit documentation from their high schools showing their enrollment status. Each student is allowed only one entry in the competition per year. Essay forms must be fully completed using the link above for submission to be valid for the competition. Winners must agree to submit and allow brief biographical information to be posted on the Dedman Distinguished Scholars Essay Competition website and in other materials. Winners will be required to create a UT EID and submit a payment address with the University.