The Dallas Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) graduated its first group of PAL Scholars on November 30th during a ceremony at the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT-D). The program is a collaboration between the Dallas Police Department, The Caruth Police Institute (CPI) and UNT-D.
UNT Dallas President Bob Mong and members of his faculty and staff along with DPD officers and command staff celebrated the students’ accomplishment.
PAL Scholars is designed to increase the students’ financial knowledge, start them on the right track financially and help them avoid the pitfalls of predatory lending practices. The program also gives students tools and information that will help lay the foundation for a successful college career and aid them in becoming future leaders.
Classes focused on several topics including:
- Financial education
- Writing skills
- Social media safety
- Ethics and etiquette
- Interview skills
- Stress management
- Presentations by various majors at the university
The classes were taught by Senior Corporal Justin Ewald, a Dallas Police officer with a background in finance and by members of UNT-D’s faculty and staff.
A new session of PAL Scholars starts in January with an entirely new group of students. Due to the program’s success, PAL Scholars is being redesigned for Fall 2016 and will expand to a three semester curriculum in order to deepen the students’ understanding of the subjects covered.