Parker University (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic) will offer two new scholarships beginning in the fall of 2015. The first of these awards is the Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr. Scholarship, named in honor of the former chancellor of the DCCCD and current chair of the Parker Board of Trustees.  Parker will award to each of the DCCCD campuses 21 scholarships each academic year to students who enroll at Parker University. Scholarship winners may receive a total award of up to $43,000 depending upon the level of the award and the Parker program they choose.

In making the announcement, Dr. Brian McAulay, president of Parker University said, “These awards recognize the remarkable contributions made by Dr. Lassiter to the Dallas County Community Colleges and Parker University.  They also underscore the esteem that we at Parker hold for our excellent community colleges.  We are thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the DCCCD students who are interested in careers in health care.”

The awards are offered in three levels:

  • Level 1 – Service Scholarship Award. The president of each campus in the DCCCD will select one recipient of this award each year.  Selection will be based on leadership activities, service and demonstrated need.  The recipient will receive up to $3,600 per semester for the duration of the program undertaken at Parker.
  • Level 2 – Academic Excellence Scholarship. Academic Excellence Scholarship. Parker will provide 10 Academic Excellence Scholarships.  Selection will be based on GPA, leadership and service. The recipient will receive up to $2,150 per semester.  Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, show proof of leadership activity and service.
  • Level 3 – Academic Distinction Scholarship. Academic Distinction Scholarship. Parker will provide 10 Academic Distinction Awards.  Selection will be based on GPA leadership and service.  The recipient will receive up to $1,650 per semester.  Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and show proof of leadership activities and service.

Level 2 and Level 3 awardees will be chosen by Parker University from a list of qualified candidates submitted by each of the DCCCD campuses.  Candidates will be invited to attend a Celebration of Excellence program on the campus to learn more about Parker University programs and to meet faculty and students.  The first awards will be made to students who will begin their studies in the 2015 fall terms at Parker.  The application process will be administered by the Offices of Financial Aid at Parker University and the campuses of the DCCCD.  More information is available by contacting The Parker University Office of Admission 1.800.438.6932 or 214.438.6932. Or, Dr. Fred Zuker at the Parker University Office of the President, 214.902.2406.