Nearly 100 Dallas ISD seniors recognized as 2023 Big Tex Scholars


A total of 97 high school seniors from six Dallas ISD campuses surrounding the Fair Park neighborhood gathered at the historic State Fair of Texas. They were awarded the Juanita Craft Scholarship for their hard work and dedication throughout their high school career including passing a minimum of 12 hours each semester, a minimum 2.5 GPA in their first semester, and a 3.0 cumulative GPA for every semester thereafter. In addition, students enjoyed games and food with “Little Tex” on the Midway. 

Miguel Solis, North Dallas High School P-Tech: EMT Program senior, says he will be using his award to attend Texas A&M and study community health to pursue radiology in the future. “It feels really great to be here. It’s lovely weather, lovely food and overall it just feels really good to represent my school. It feels really good because I’ve been going here [Dallas ISD] since I was a kid so I kind of feel rewarded for being here since I was a little kid.”

Honoring the legacy of South Dallas resident and civil rights activist Juanita Craft, each year, the State Fair awards college scholarships to selected applicants from six Dallas ISD high schools surrounding the Fair Park area.

“To be awarded as a 2023 Big Tex Scholar, I feel incredibly grateful to have had this opportunity. I feel honored to be considered by an organization that dedicates so much to students’ education,” said Katie Kha, North Dallas High School student. “This scholarship will help fund my future studies at Texas Woman’s University and help me reach my career goals.”

Schools included in Juanita Craft Scholarship:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt High School of Innovation
  • Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
  • James Madison High School
  • Lincoln High School and Humanities/Communications Magnet
  • North Dallas High School
  • Woodrow Wilson High School

Click here for a full list of scholarship recipients.

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