Serving the Community
through Scholarship & Service
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Serving the Community through
 Service and Scholarships

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The purpose of the Debutante Scholarship Program is to provide scholarships and personal development to eligible young ladies. The program is designed to develop leadership skills, encourage unity, and promote community service and academic excellence in young women through mentorship and life skills training. The process offers a wide range of social, personal, career and educational enrichment opportunities for high school seniors. Activities consist of workshops, community service, etiquette training and more. Selected participants learn to successfully transition into the next stage of their high school and college career before taking their bow and being presented to society at the Ball.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a high school senior of the class of 2017.
  • Must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (Transcript or letter from counselor is acceptable).
  • Must not be or become pregnant or a mother during the debutante process.

Participation Fee Covers:

Opportunity for 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place General Scholarship Awards

  • Opportunity for Book Scholarship Awards
  • Opportunity for Peer-Voted and Special Recognition Awards
  • Debutante and College Prep Handbook
  • Debutante T-Shirt
  • Gifts and Keepsakes at Various Events
  • Social, Educational and Personal Development Activities and Workshops
  • Mentor Relationships and Activities
  • Formal Dance Instruction for Event
  • Headshot Photo
  • Event Video
  • Event Souvenir Journal
  • 1 Pearl Ceremony Ticket
  • 4 Tickets for The Scholarship Ball and Debutante Presentation

Special Debutante Awards

Selected participants will be recognized for the following:

PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD- Seminars/Meetings/Practices

HIGHEST GPA AWARD – Six-Week Period Ending Immediately Preceding the Ball

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD – Most Community Service Hours


BEST SCRAPBOOK AWARD - Covering The Events of the Debutante Process and Preparation for Higher Education


1st, 2nd and 3rd PLACE GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS - Based On a Competitive Point System That Includes Advertisement/Patron/Ticket Sales, Event and Activity Participation, Community Service and Other Established Requirements.


Granted to Participants Who Turn in A Minimum of $2,000.00 In Combined Advertisements/Patrons/Ticket Sales.

Debutante Obligations:

  • Must participate in ongoing monthly and periodic workshops, meetings, service projects and the presentation ball. Activities will begin in June and culminate with the Presentation Ball in November.
  • Must submit a completed Debutante application and biography, to include:
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Proof of grade point average – Transcript or Progress Report in a sealed envelope from school counselor
    • Photo and liability release signed by parent or guardian
  • Must submit two letters of recommendation from individuals outside the family (High School Counselor, Church, or Civic Organization, etc.)
  • Must pay the non-refundable participation fee
  • Must turn in a minimum of $1,500 in combined advertisements/patrons and/or tickets sales in order to be presented


All interested applicants are asked to attend an information session where questions about the program, including registration procedures, training workshops and community service activities will be answered.  No pre-registration for the information session is necessary.

Information Session will be held:

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3pm

Location: The San Saba Room

University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington, TX 76019


June 5, 2016 (Mailed applications must be postmarked by this date.)

Late applications will be accepted from June 6, 2016 until June 12, 2016

All mailed applications must be postmarked by June 12, 2016.

Mail applications to:

The Arlington Foundation for Excellence in Education

Attn: Debutante Scholarship Program

P.O. Box 150301, Arlington, Texas 76015

Click the link below to access the latest Debutante Program Application:

2015 Winter Emerald & Gold Debutante Ball

Here's a look at the unique and unforgettable experience of the 2015 Debutantes!