teacher helping children learn in classroomThe education of young people is one of the missions of the DAR. The National Society offers a variety of educational programs, contests, and awards which are sponsored by local chapters.

For more than 118 years, the Texas Society NSDAR, has provided students with educational opportunities. The state society sponsors sixteen scholarships at Texas State colleges and universities while many chapters also provide chapter sponsored scholarships to students in their local area.

To find out more about these educational opportunities check out the links below.

Essay Contest

American History Essay Contest

The American History Essay Contest is open to all students in 5th through 8th grade, in public, private, or parochial schools, and in registered home-school programs. Information about this contest is available on the NSDAR Website. Teachers or school administrators in Texas may contact a chapter in their area.


The Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution has established fifteen scholarships at thirteen universities throughout the State of Texas. The scholarships are administered by the institution. For more information about the scholarship and for instructions on how to apply contact the institution’s financial aid office.

  1. Angelo State University:  TXDAR General Scholarship
  2. Howard Payne University:  Lottie Wooley Scholarship; Cornelia A. Massengill Scholarship
  3. Prairie View A&M University: Texas DAR Endowed Early Childhood Education Scholarship
  4. Sam Houston State University:  Law Enforcement Scholarship; Teacher Education Scholarship
  5. Stephen F. Austin University:  Forestry Scholarship
  6. Sul Ross State University:  Agricultural Scholarship
  7. Texas A&M University, Kingsville:  Agricultural Scholarship
  8. Texas Tech University:  Science Scholarship
  9. Texas State University, San Marcos:  Learning Disabilities Scholarship
  10. Texas Woman's University:  Nursing Scholarship
  11. University of Texas:  TXDAR Endowed Scholarship
  12. UTMB:  Occupational Therapy Scholarship
  13. West Texas A&M University:  TXDAR Panhandle-Plains Historical Research Center

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution also have several scholarships. Click here for information and instructions on how to apply.

Chapter sponsorship is no longer required. A chapter or state chair may work with the applicant to put the information together to send to the DAR Scholarship Committee. To find a chapter in your area, visit the chapter page.

Teacher Resources

In conjunction with DAR’s Educational Objective, the Educational Resources Committee is developing an online repository of lessons, available on the public DAR website, for the K-12 educational community which focus on America, its history, government, heritage, genealogy, as well as related language and/or math topics. Most chapters have members who are educators or who know teachers. Some lessons are appropriate to use as activities for the Community Classroom Committee. To expand the number of available lessons, the Educational Resources Committee challenges each chapter to submit just one lesson plan. Posted lessons include: Letters from Jamestown, Fabulous Fun Flag Facts, Abraham Lincoln: Great Emancipator or Just Another Politician, Inspiring Change: Women’s Education in 19th Century in America, four lessons on the Constitution from Mount Vernon, Historical Events Leading up to the American Revolution, and Washington’s Spies. These lesson plans are posted on the NSDAR Educational Resources website.

Youth Programs

Junior American Citizens

Junior American Citizens (JAC) Program is open to every school-age child in the United States and promotes good citizenship and appreciation of American heritage and history. Information on the JAC Program is available on the NSDAR Website. Students should contact their teacher for information about this contest. Teachers or school administrators in Texas may contact a chapter in their area.

DAR Good Citizens Award

The purpose of the DAR Good Citizens Committee is to recognize and reward high-school seniors who demonstrates the qualities of a good citizen. The program is open to all senior class students enrolled in an accredited public or private secondary schools that are in good standing with their state board of education. Information on this award and contest is available on the NSDAR Website. Teachers or school administrators in Texas may contact a chapter in their area.

DAR Youth Citizenship Medal

This award is presented to students in grades five through eleven (elementary, junior and senior high schools; public, private, or parochial), who fulfill the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism. Information about this award is available on the NSDAR Website. Teachers or school administrators in Texas may contact a chapter in their area.