Need help paying for college?

If you are thinking about furthering your education, don’t hesitate to apply now for the 2023 William H. Cotton Scholarship for Dallas ISD educators who want to pursue post-graduate degrees. The deadline to submit the completed scholarship application is March 31.

The scholarship—worth $20,000—was established by Credit Union of Texas to honor the legacy of Cotton’s 46 years of dedication and service to Dallas ISD and the Credit Union of Texas. It is awarded to one district educator or administrator seeking to pursue continuing post-baccalaureate education, including certifications, to further their career in the field of education for the benefit of the Dallas ISD community and its students. Cotton was a long-time principal and administrator who was also the first African-American president of the Dallas School Administrators Association. He retired in 2000 as an associate superintendent.

Who is eligible?

  •   Must be a CUTX member with a checking account or a loan product prior to submitting an application. Please note that
  •   Checking account, and all other accounts at CUTX, must be in good standing.
  •   Must be a full-time or part-time Dallas ISD faculty or administrator.
  •   Must intend to further your career in education and serve the Dallas ISD community during the course of the scholarship term.
  •   Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.
  •   All required attachments must be submitted with the application.

Please note that these eligibility requirements must be met annually for renewal. CUTX employees and family members of CUTX employees are not eligible for this scholarship. 

The rules

  •   Incomplete applications or those missing any required documents will not be considered.
  •   Applications postmarked after the deadline will not be considered.
  •   Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the educational institution. Continued disbursement of scholarship funds requires a grade of C or better in a graded course and passing in a pass/fail course.
  •   The scholarship value will be awarded in increments of $5,000 per semester over a period of four semesters.

For more information about the scholarship and to apply by March 31, visit



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