Officer Bernard Parson Memorial Scholarship

The Officer Bernard F. Parson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in Bernard's name by his family shortly after his death to memorialize Bernard in an honorable and respectful manner. We want to ensure Bernard's name lives on and everyone remembers the supreme service he gave to the University of Texas at Dallas. The Scholarship will be awarded once a year in the amount of $500.

Bernard served with The University of Texas at Dallas Police Department from February 1, 2001, to May 25, 2003. Bernard's love for his family was one of his finest attributes that he will always be remembered for. Bernard's service and dedication to his community in Cedar Hill and at the University of Texas at Dallas was never-ending. Bernard was known at the University for his contagious smile and his rapport with those he served and served with. We believe, as Bernard believed, that young people further themselves and society through education.

The Bernard F. Parson Scholarship is open to all students who have been accepted to and enrolled at The University of Texas at Dallas. The award will give primary consideration to the applicant's scores on standardized tests and scholastic records, both evaluating the type and nature of courses taken and the grades achieved in specific courses. The committee may also consider and give positive weight to such factors as the following in designating recipients:

  • Achievements in work experiences
  • Community service
  • Extracurricular activities; leadership
  • Surmounting obstacles to the further pursuit of higher education
  • Socioeconomic background
  • Educational level
  • Status as a first-generation college student

Applications are available at the UT Dallas Financial Aid Office located on the first floor of the Student Services Building (SSB).