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William A. Solemene Foundation Scholarship

William A. Solemene Foundation Scholarship

William A. Solemene was a long time Dallas advertising executive. He was generous in his philanthropy and active in civic service and party politics. In sponsoring this scholarship, the William A. Solemene Foundation wishes to honor the spirit of active citizenship and love of country that was such an important part of his life. Due to the Foundation's generosity, the University of Dallas has $25,000 available to award scholarships to multiple students.


Deadline for submission is April 17, 2020. Winners will be announced in May. 


  1. Applicant must be a current University of Dallas undergraduate with at least 15 credit hours but not more than 110 credit hours earned at UD.
  2. Applicant must be a Liberal Arts major.
  3. Applicant must have submitted a FAFSA for the current aid year.


  1. 800-1,200 word essay - see topic below. Line spacing for the essay should be at 1 1/2 lines. Do not include personal identification in the essay. Only include your UD student ID number at the top of your essay. Essay must be uploaded within the application.
  2. One letter of recommendation from a University of Dallas professor. This letter may be uploaded with your application or emailed (either by the applicant or directly from the professor) to If the letter is emailed, the subject line of the email must be: Solemene Scholarship, ID (insert the applicant's UD ID number).

Topic of William A. Solemene Foundation Scholarship, Spring 2020

An Essay:  On Truth & the Humanities

Does Truth fare well, or does it fare poorly in the public culture of our times? Furthermore, why does the answer really matter?

In light of your response, what role does or could or should the humanities play in a vibrant public culture where Truth matters?   In particular, discuss the role of Poetry, broadly considered, insofar as it is Truth’s music, History as Truth’s witness, and Philosophy as the love of Truth.

As a practical matter, how might Truth fare better in our era?

Once you have your essay and letter of recommendation from a UD professor ready, submit your application HERE.