Student Guide & Available Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for scholarships to be awarded for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. Unless noted otherwise, all applications and required supporting documents - including references - must be submitted by March 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. 

Click on a scholarship name below to read the detailed eligibility requirements. At the end of the scholarship's description you will click Access Application to be taken to the online application system. If it is your first time to access the system, you will be asked to create a login and password. Remember your login information as you will need it to get back into your application or to complete additional applications. You will be able to exit and save your application(s) to complete another day. Submitted applications may be edited up to the deadline.

A student may apply for every scholarship for which he or she meets the eligibility requirements. Applicants must submit an unique application for EACH scholarship. DO NOT submit only a common application. 

Public, private and home schools schools located in Arp, Bullard, Chapel Hill, Lindale, Troup, Tyler, Whitehouse, and Winona are Smith County schools. Students residing in Smith County and within the Van ISD and Gladewater ISD boundaries also meet Smith County eligibility requirements. East Texas residents are those living in one of the following counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood.

You are advised to read through the entire application before starting to determine which supporting documents are required. This may include transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, FAFSA data, acceptance letters, or proof of employment.

Please note the award amounts listed for each scholarship are estimated based on historical amounts. Current year scholarship amounts will be based on availability of funds. 

*Parents, please take a moment to consider your involvement with your child's scholarship application. It is the student's responsibility to complete the applications, although parents may assist (particularly with finance related questions). If questions arise about the application process or eligibility requirements, please have your child call our office and we will be happy to help.

 

A. D. and Mary Winston Scholarship - For graduating seniors from a Smith County public high school entering Texas A&M University.

Adam Carroll Scholarship - For Grand Saline graduating seniors who have participated in high school athletics or cheerleading (Van Zandt, Wood or Smith County only).

Alex Fleming Infinity Scholarship - For graduating seniors at Whitehouse High School who have participated in the band program for 4 years and show high moral character.

Allen and Nancy Locklin Scholarship - For graduating seniors from a Smith County high school planning to attend the University of Texas at Tyler.

Art Excellence Scholarship - For art majors, preferably non-traditional students, at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Ben and Florine Ramsey Scholarship - For graduating seniors or prior graduates of San Augustine High School in San Augustine, Texas.

Betty and Roy Erickson Scholarship - For graduating seniors from an East Texas high school with exceptional SAT or ACT scores.

Brook Hill Founder's Scholarship - For graduating seniors at The Brook Hill School who plan to attend Baylor University.

Carroll and Casey Gurganus Scholarship - For graduating seniors from Palestine High School.

Christopher Lyon Memorial Scholarship - For students majoring in art at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Citizens 1st Bank/Perkins Family Foundation State Employees' Children's Scholarship - For children of current State of Texas employees (Cherokee, Nacogdoches and Smith County only). 

David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Scholarship for Vocational/Technical Study in Medically Related Fields - For any person pursuing a vocational/technical associates degree or certificate in a medically related field. (Students seeking a four-year degree are not eligible. Preference is given to students pursuing fields of study other than nursing.)

David G. and Jacqueline M . Braithwaite Scholarship in Chemistry For East Texas graduating high school seniors planning to major in chemistry.

David G. and Jacqueline M . Braithwaite Scholarship in Medicine, Biotechnology, and Veterinary Medicine - For an East Texas graduating senior who plans on majoring in biology, mathematics, engineering or a related field which will allow them to pursue a career in medicine, biotechnology, or veterinary medicine as a doctor, dentist, veterinarian or biotechnologist.

Dr. Elbert H. Caldwell Scholarship For East Texas residents wishing to pursue careers in medically related fields, particularly nursing.

Earl Campbell Tyler Rose High School Scholarship - For graduating seniors from Smith County high schools who exemplify the characteristics of Earl Campbell and are participating in varsity athletics 

East Texas Geological Society Scholarship For geoscience majors in an undergraduate or master’s degree program and who are preferably from the East Texas area.

Frances Cowan Gibson Fine Arts ScholarshipFor current graduating seniors or prior graduates of a Smith County, Texas school with interest, talent, and acomplishment in visual arts.

Frederick Michael Nachman Scholarship - For graduating seniors from Smith County and Bellaire High School, Bellaire, Texas who have been accepted to attend the University of Texas at Austin and who plan to major in business.

Gary Neel Memorial Scholarship - For a graduating senior from Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler who plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin.

Gerald and Charlie Stoker Memorial Scholarship - For graduating seniors from Winnsboro High School. 

Gladys and Thomas "T.B" Stewart Scholarship - For graduating seniors from Smith County and selected surrounding area high schools.

Gladys and Thomas "T.B" Stewart Texas College Scholarship - For graduating high school seniors attending Texas College in Tyler, Texas.

Glenn and Vivian Prater Memorial Scholarship - For Eagle Scouts graduated or graduating from high schools in East Texas and Liberty County, TX who have been accepted to or are currently attending Texas A&M University. 

J.L. Gulley, Jr. Texas Tech Scholarship - For East Texas residents and residents of Quanah, TX who plan to attend Texas Tech.

Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Scholarship for Nursing at Tyler Junior College - For East Texas residents pursuing a nursing degree from Tyler Junior College.

Juliette Low's Amazing Girls Scholarship - For female residents of Smith County who are graduating seniors from a Smith County public or private high school and are involved in Girl Scouts.

Kathy's Kids Scholarship - For graduating seniors who are current participants in the Forever Friends Mentoring Program at one of these high schools: Gladewater HS, Hallsville HS, Kilgore HS, Longview HS, New Diana HS, Pine Tree HS, Spring Hill HS, White Oak HS.

Kristen and Joey Seeber Scholarship - For graduating seniors from John Tyler High School or Robert E. Lee High School.

Lauren Lewis Memorial Scholarship- For graduating seniors from Robert E. Lee High School and All Saints Episcopal School of Tyler who plan to attend Texas A&M University.

Leslie Reid Memorial Scholarship - For female students from Henderson, Smith, and Van Zandt Counties who are currently or were previously involved in horse show activities.

Martha J. Critchfield Women in Finance Scholarship - For East Texas graduating high school females majoring in business, preferably finance or accounting.

Natural Gas Society of East Texas Scholarship For Texas college students at the undergraduate or graduate level who have declared a major in a field of study which directly relates to the energy industry.

Partners in Arts Scholarship - For a graduating senior at a Smith County high school planning to major in the visual or performing arts.

Peace Officers and Firefighters Scholarship - For graduating seniors who are the dependent children of an individual currently employed as a Peace Officer or professional Firefighter.

R. Don Cowan Music and Performing Arts Scholarship - For current graduating seniors or prior graduates of a Smith County, Texas school with interest, talent, and acomplishment in music (music, musical theater, and dance).

Retail Merchants Association Scholarship - For graduating seniors from Smith County and selected surrounding area high schools who plan to major in business.

Richard B. and Mary Lou Hamm Scholarship - For Bullard High School graduating seniors who plan to attend the University of Texas at Tyler.

Sharyland Utilities Scholarship For graduating seniors from Hunt County, Texas; Blue Ridge High School or Farmersville High School in Collin County, Texas; Fannindel High School or Leonard High School in Fannin County, Texas who are planning to major in engineering. 

Sherilyn A. Willis, MD Medical Scholarship -  For a student attending medical school in the State of Texas.

Smith County Baptist Minister Scholarship - For dependent children of ordained Baptist ministers serving congregations in Smith County, Texas that are members of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Tim King Memorial Scholarship - For a graduating senior from Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler who plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in business.

Texas Rose Festival Scholarship - For graduating seniors and current college students from Smith County.

Tyler Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Scholarship - For children of a current employee of the City of Tyler, TX, Police Department.

Velma Lemons Future Teachers Scholarship - For graduating seniors from Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood Counties who plan to major in education.

Vision for Your Future Scholarship - For Smith County graduating seniors pursuing a medically-related course of study, preferably female students planning to enter an eye care related specialization. 

Whitehouse Young Farmers Scholarship - For graduating senior ag students at Whitehouse High School

Winifred K. George Scholarship - For graduating seniors from a Smith County high school attending Abilene Christian University.

  


Adam Carroll Scholarship

Established in 2002 with gifts from the family and friends of Adam Carroll, this scholarship honors the memory of a young man known for his love of people, his zest for life and his love of sports. An honor graduate of Grand Saline High School, Adam was a gifted baseball player, a handsome guy with an infectious smile, and a young man who had big dreams for his life.

One of Adam’s favorite sayings was “Always remember who you are, where you come from and what you represent.” Adam Carroll knew who he was, he knew where he came from, both geographically and spiritually, and he knew he represented his family, his school and his Lord.

The Adam Carroll Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of Grand Saline High School who has participated in high school athletics or cheerleading.

High School / Residency 
Recipient must be a graduating senior from Grand Saline High School and a resident of Van Zandt, Wood, or Smith County.

Academic Record 
Recipient must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school.

Other Eligibility Requirements 
Recipient must have participated in high school athletics or cheerleading.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need 
Preference will be given to students for whom college expenses will be a financial hardship. 

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $500 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Citizens 1st Bank /Perkins Family Foundation State Employees' Children's Scholarship

This scholarship was established through the generosity of Citizens 1st Bank and the Perkins Family Foundation in appreciation for the dedication State of Texas employees.

High School / Residency
Applicant must a resident of Cherokee, Nacogdoches, or Smith County and a graduate or graduating senior from any public, private, or home school in one of those counties.

Academic Record
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her studies. 

Other Eligibility Requirements 
Applicants must be the child of a current employee of the State of Texas. (Independent school district employees are not considered employees of the State.)

Applicants must have demonstrated the potential to make a worthy contribution to the community and have excellent moral character. 

Applicants must be under the age of 22 years old at the time of their initial application.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need 
Financial need will be considered but will not be weighted above other criteria for scholarship selection. 

Preference
Preference is given to applicants who are first-generation college students.

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year. Students who maintain a 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), remain a full-time student, and complete at least 24 college credit hours each year may reapply. The entire application process must be completed for consideration.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Leslie Reid Memorial Scholarship

The Leslie Reid Memorial Scholarship is awarded to female students from Henderson, Smith, and Van Zandt Counties who are currently or were previously involved in horse show activities.

This scholarship was created in memory of Leslie Reid of Murchison who passed away in 2001 from cancer. The scholarship was started in 2002 by her husband, Mr. Ron Reid. The scholarship is a memorial to Leslie’s determination, courage, love of life, and love of showing horses.

High School / Residency
Applicant must a graduating senior from a public, private, or home school in Henderson, Smith, or Van Zandt Counties. 

Other Eligibility Requirements 
The recipient must be a female student who is currently or was previously involved in horse show activities.

Academic Record 
There is no minimum GPA requirement.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need 
Financial need will NOT be considered.

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only. 

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Ben and Florine Ramsey Scholarship

Mrs. Ramsey established this scholarship in memory of her husband, Ben, who was extremely proud of his hometown of San Augustine, Texas and who believed in the importance of education. 

High School / Residency

Applicants must be graduating seniors or prior graduates of San Augustine High School in San Augustine, Texas. 

Academic Record 

Recipients must have achieved a minimum GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his/her high school.  

College or University to be Attended

Recipients must be attending or admitted to attend any accredited four-year college or university in the State of Texas as a full-time student.

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need 
Financial need is a primary consideration. Students meeting all other eligibility criteria but with little financial need may also apply. 

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only. 

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $750 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Sharyland Utilities Scholarship 

The Sharyland Utilities Scholarship was establish to provide a scholarship to a graduating senior from selected rural schools in the Sharyland Utilites service area.

High School / Residency

Applicant must be a graduating senior from a public, private or home school in Hunt County, Texas; Blue Ridge High School or Farmersville High School in Collin County, Texas; Fannindel High School or Leonard High School in Fannin County, Texas. 

Academic Record                                              
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited community college, college, or university in the United States as a full time student. 

College Major 
Recipient must plan on majoring in engineering, with a preference for electrical engineering.

Financial Need 
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $400 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Gerald and Charlie Stoker Memorial Scholarship Scholarship 

The Gerald and Charlie Stoker Memorial Scholarship was established to provide a scholarship to a graduating senior from Winnsboro High School.  

High School / Residency

Applicants must be graduating seniors from Winnsboro High School.

Academic Record 
There is no minimum GPA requirement.  

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university of their choice.

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need 
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $500 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Art Excellence Scholarship

An anonymous donor established the Art Excellence Scholarship Fund to provide educational scholarships for primarily non-traditional students pursuing Studio Art or Art History at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Academic Record 
Applicants must have achieved a GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her undergraduate or graduate program. 

College or University to be Attended
Applicant must be a current student at the University of Texas at Tyler.

College Major 
Applicant must be at least a sophomore at the time of application and must have declared his or her major to be Studio Art or Art History as a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate program.

Other Requirements 
Preference will be given to non-traditional students in the following order: female students over age 40, male students over age 40, or single parents with no age preference. Applicants should be available for a personal interview and have the ability to present or display 1-5 projects which they consider to be their most significant achievements, if requested.

Financial Need 
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Scholarship in Chemistry 

This scholarship was created in memory of Dr. Braithwaite by his widow, Jacqueline. Dr. Braithwaite was a research chemist and Chairman and CEO of Nalco Chemical Company. He was widely recognized in his field for his expertise and innovations. This scholarship will be awarded to an East Texas graduating senior who plans on majoring in chemistry in college.

High School / Residency
Applicant must a graduating senior from a public, private, or home school in one of ETCF's East Texas counties*

Academic Record
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major
Recipients must plan to major in chemistry.

Financial Need
Financial will NOT be considered.

Length of Support
This scholarship is awarded for one year, and may be renewed subject to committee approval for up to three additional years, provided the recipient:

  • Maintains a 3.0 GPA
  • Remains a full-time student
  • Continues to pursue a major in chemistry

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $3,000 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

*ETCF Counties include : Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

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David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Scholarship for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology 

This scholarship is but one of the numerous generous philanthropic gifts to the Tyler community made possible by Mrs. Braithwaite. This scholarship will be awarded to an East Texas graduating senior who plans on majoring in biology, mathematics, engineering or a related field which will allow the student to pursue a career in medicine, biotechnology, or veterinary medicine. Only students planning a career as a doctor, dentist, veterinarian, or biotechnologist qualify. Please apply for other scholarships ETCF offers if you plan a career as a nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, physician's assistant, pharmacist, neuroscientist, dietician, etc.

High School / Residency 

Recipient must be a graduating senior from a public, private or home school in one of ETCF's East Texas counties.*

Academic Record
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States as a full-time student.

College Major
Applicants must plan on pursuing an undergraduate major in biology, mathematics, engineering, or a related field that will allow them to pursue a career in medicine, biotechnology, or veterinary medicine.

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support

This scholarship is awarded for one year, and may be renewed subject to committee approval for up to three additional years, provided the recipient:

  • Maintains a 3.0 GPA
  • Remains a full-time student
  • Continues to pursue a major that will lead to a career as a doctor, dentist, veterinarian, or biotechnologist

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $3,000 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

*ETCF Counties include : Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

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Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Scholarship for Nursing at Tyler Junior College

This scholarship is but one of the numerous generous philanthropic gifts to the Tyler community made possible by Mrs. Braithwaite. This scholarship will be awarded to an East Texas individual, regardless of age, pursuing full-time study in nursing at Tyler Junior College.

Residency
Recipient must be a resident of one of ETCF's East Texas counties.* Both current college students and graduating high school seniors may apply.

Academic Record
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

College or University to be Attended
Recipients must attend Tyler Junior College as a full-time student.

College Major
Recipients must plan to major in nursing.

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support

The scholarship shall be awarded for one year, and may be renewed annually subject to committee approval for the length of the program, provided the recipient:

  • Maintains a minimum grade point average of 3.0,
  • Takes at least the minimum number of hours to remain a full-time student at Tyler Junior College, and
  • Remains in the same nursing program.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

*ETCF Counties include : Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

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David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Scholarship in Vocational/Technical Study in Medically-Related Fields

This scholarship is but one of the numerous generous philanthropic gifts to the Tyler community made possible by Mrs. Braithwaite. This scholarship will be awarded to an East Texas individual, regardless of age, pursuing full time study for vocational/technical certificates and/or associate degrees in medically-related fields. Because this scholarship is intended to aid persons who wish to receive medically-related vocational training and get into the workforce as quickly as possible, students seeking bachelor's degrees are not eligible. Preference is given to students pursuing fields of study other than nursing.

High School / Residency

Applicant must a resident of one of ETCF's East Texas counties.* Both current college students and graduating high school seniors may apply.

Academic Record
There is no minimum GPA requirement for this scholarship.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients must attend an accredited, non-profit institution as a full-time student.

College Major
Recipients must plan to pursue a vocational/technical certificate or associates degree in a medically-related field. Students seeking four year degrees are not eligible.

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support

This scholarship is awarded for the entire course of study, provided the recipient:

  • Maintains minimum GPA required by their course of study
  • Remains a full-time student as defined by their program
  • Continues to pursue a certificate or associates degree in a medically-related field

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,500 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

*ETCF Counties include : Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

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Dr. Elbert H. Caldwell Scholarship

The E. H. Caldwell Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 by the family of Dr. Elbert H. Caldwell, a beloved and respected surgeon whose name became synonymous with East Texas medicine. Throughout his 46-year career in East Texas, Dr. Caldwell earned the respect and love of both his patients and medical colleagues. Motivated by principles of fairness and honesty, as well as high ethical standards, Dr. Caldwell helped found and cultivate the sophisticated level of medicine that characterizes East Texas medicine today.

Scholarships from the E. H. Caldwell Scholarship Fund are awarded to East Texas residents wishing to pursue careers in medically related fields, particularly nursing.

High School / Residency

Applicants must be high school graduates and residents of East Texas.

Academic Record
Recipients must have completed a minimum of 30 college-credit hours in a medically related program in human healthcare with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major
Recipients must be pursuing a career in human healthcare with an emphasis on:

  • Associate Degree Nursing (RN)
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Nursing (BSN)
  • Masters of Science Degree, Nursing (MSN)
  • Doctorate Degree in Nursing

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support
This scholarship is awarded for one year, and may be renewed through the completion of the committee-approved degree, provided the recipient:

  • Maintains a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Enrolls in the number of hours required by the program to maintain satisfactory progress
  • Remains in the current medically-related program

Scholarship Amount

Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $2,500 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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East Texas Geological Society Scholarship 

The East Texas Geological Society Scholarship is awarded to a student who is at least a sophomore at the time of application and who has declared his or her major to be geology. The applicant may be an undergraduate or graduate geology student.

High School / Residency

Preference will be given to applicants who have attended high school in East Texas.

Academic Record
Recipient must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her undergraduate program, and, if applicable, in his or her graduate program.

College Major / Classification

Recipient must be at least a sophomore at the time of application, and must have declared his or her major to be Geology in an undergraduate program, or must be in a Geology master's degree program.

College/University to be attended
Recipient must attend a college or university located in the State of Texas that offers a geology degree program.

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support
The scholarship will be renewable for up to two years, if the recipient meets the following criteria:

  1. The recipient continues to pursue an undergraduate degree with a major in geology or a graduate degree in geology,
  2. The recipient is a full-time student, and
  3. The recipient maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her undergraduate program, and, if applicable, in his or her graduate program.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,500 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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J.L. Gulley, Jr. Texas Tech Scholarship

The Gulley family established the J.L. Gulley, Jr. Texas Tech Scholarship to provide educational scholarships for a graduating senior, or a previous graduate, from a high school in ETCF's East Texas Counties* or Quanah, TX.  The recipient must plan to attend Texas Tech University as a full time undergraduate student.

High School / Residency

Applicant must a graduating senior, or a previous graduate, from a high school in ETCF's East Texas Counties* or Quanah, TX. 

Academic Record
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school or college studies.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients must plan to attend Texas Tech University as a full time undergraduate student. Applicants must have written acceptance from Texas Tech University.

Other Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must show leadership qualities.

College Major
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need
Financial need is a primary consideration for applicants. 

Length of Support

This scholarship is awarded for one year and may be renewed for up to three additional years provided the recipient:

  • Maintains a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Remains a full-time student at Texas Tech University
  • Continues to pursue an undergraduate degree

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $5,000 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

*ETCF Counties include : Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

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Christopher Lyon Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2007 with gifts from the family and friends of Christopher Lyon, this scholarship honors the memory of a young man known for his art, delicate soul, and quirky laugh.

Chris was born on October 24, 1973, in Greenville, S.C. An artist by profession, he received his BFA in Drawing, Painting and Photography from Western Carolina University in 1996. He completed his MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, where he met his wife Alexis, also an UPenn graduate and now an art professor at the University of Texas at Tyler. The couple moved to Whitehouse in 2004.

Chris died on January 9th, 2007, as a result of a motor vehicle accident. This scholarship was created to remember Chris, encourage young art students, and reward them for their hard work.

Residency
Preference will be given to applicants who have attended high school in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, or Oklahoma.

Academic Record
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school, and, if applicable, in his or her undergraduate and graduate program.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients must currently attend or be accepted to attend the University of Texas at Tyler.

College Major

Recipient must be a full-time student who, at the time of application, has declared his or her major to be art in an undergraduate program or is enrolled in an art master's degree program at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Other Eligibility Requirements
Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate exemplary achievement and potential in art. Applicants should be available for a pesonal interview and have the ability to present or display 1-5 projects which they consider to be their most significant schievements, if requested.

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Natural Gas Society of East Texas Scholarship

The Natural Gas Society of East Texas Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who has declared his major in the energy industry field. Eligible majors may include one of many degrees offered in engineering or geosciences.

High School / Residency
Preference will be given to applicants who have attended high school in East Texas. 

Academic Record
Recipient must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her undergraduate or graduate program.

College Major / Classification
Recipient must be at least a sophomore at the time of application and must have declared his or her major to be in a field of study which directly relates to the energy industry. Eligible majors may include one of many degrees offered in engineering or geosciences.  

College/University to be Attended
Recipient must attend a college or university located in the State of Texas that offers an applicable degree program.

Financial Need
Financial need may be considered in the selection process but is not required. Students who wish to have their financial need considered by the committee should submit the Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the current year's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Length of Support
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Peace Officers and Firefighters Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Board of Directors of East Texas Communities Foundation to honor the public service of dedicated peace officers and firefighters. 

High School / Residency          
Applicant must a graduating senior from an accredited public, private, or home school in in one of ETCF's East Texas counties*. 

Academic Record 
Recipient must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school. 

College/University to be Attended
The applicant may attend any accredited college or university as a full-time student.

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject.

Other Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be the dependent child of an individual currently employed as a Peace Officer or professional Firefighter as defined by the State of Texas Government Code 614.

Financial Need 
Financial need is not a consideration. 

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $500 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

*ETCF Counties include : Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

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Glenn and Vivian Prater Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Glenn and Vivian Prater who were residents of Liberty County, Texas. Although neither of the Praters were able to attend college due to financial reasons, they were firm believers in education. Mrs. Prater taught kindergarten before it was part of the public school system. She also sold World Book Encyclopedias. Mr. Prater was valedictorian of his high school class. His passion was working with Boy Scouts; he mentored 12 Eagle Scouts as a Scoutmaster and received the Woodbadge and Silver Beaver Awards. This scholarship is to be awarded to an Eagle Scout from Liberty County or an ETCF county accepted to or currently attending Texas A&M University.

High School Residency 
The recipient must be a graduating high school senior or graduate of a public, private, or home school located in Liberty County, TX or one of ETCF's East Texas counties.* Preference will be given to applicants from Liberty County.

Academic Record 
The recipient must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA required for admission to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Other Eligibility Requirements 
The applicant must have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of the Boy Scouts of America.

College or University to be Attended 
The student must be admitted to attend or currently be enrolled at Texas A&M University in College Station as a full-time student.

College Major 
The applicant may major in any subject.

Financial Need 
Financial need will be considered but will not be weighted above other criteria for scholarship selection.  

Length of Support 

This scholarship is awarded for one year, and may be renewed for one more year subject to committee approval and based on availability of funds, provided the recipient:

  • Maintains a 3.0 GPA
  • Remains a full-time student at Texas A&M University

Scholarship Amount

Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

*ETCF Counties include : Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

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Retail Merchants Association Scholarship

Established by the Retail Merchants Association, this scholarship is to be awarded to a graduating senior who plans to major in Business.

High School / Residency
The recipient must attend a public, private, or home school located in Smith County or selected surrounding school districts, including Ben Wheeler, Big Sandy, Brownsboro, Edom, Frankston, Hawkins, Jacksonville, Larue, Martins Mill, Mineola, Murchison, New London, New Summerfield, Overton, Poyner, and Van.

Academic Record
The recipient must have achieved a GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his/her high school.

College or University to be Attended 

The student may attend the college of their choice, but the school must have an associate's or bachelor's business degree plan.

College Major
The applicant must plan on majoring in business.

Financial Need
Financial need will be a primary consideration for this scholarship. Students meeting all other eligibility criteria but with little financial need may also apply. 

Length of Support
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Betty and Roy Erickson Scholarship

Established by Betty and Roy Erickson to enable worthy students to attend college, this scholarship is to be awarded to a graduating senior from an East Texas high school.

High School / Residency
The recipient must be a graduating senior attending a public, private or home school in an ETCF East Texas county*.

Academic Record
The recipient must have achieved a minimum GPA of at least a 4.0 (on a 4.0) scale. Also, the applicant's Old SAT composite score must be 2000 or higher (reading, math, and writing composite), New SAT composite score 1300 or higher (math and evidenced-based reading and writing), or the ACT composite score must be 30 or higher (English, math, reading, science composite).

College or University to be Attended
The student must plan to pursue an associate's or bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university located in the State of Texas.

College Major
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support
Based on the availability of funding, as determined by the Foundation and Committee annually, the scholarship may be renewable for up to three years, if the recipient meets the following criteria:

  • The recipient continues to pursue a bachelor's degree within the major defined in the original application,
  • The recipient is a full-time student, and
  • The recipient maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her academic program.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

 *ETCF Counties include : Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

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Gladys and Thomas "T.B." Stewart Scholarship

The Gladys and Thomas "T.B." Stewart Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 through the generosity of Gladys and T.B. Stewart.  The Stewarts, life-long residents of Tyler, valued their faith and the role of education in their lives and served as positive role models to young people. Mrs. Stewart was an educator with Tyler ISD for 40 years.  It was the Stewart’s desire to make a lasting contribution to their community by rewarding students who share their values of faith, education, and high moral character. 

The purpose of the Gladys and Thomas “T.B.” Stewart Scholarship is to provide educational scholarships for graduates from Smith County area high schools.

High School / Residency
Applicants must be graduating seniors at a public, private, or home school located in Smith County or selected surrounding school districts, including Ben Wheeler, Big Sandy, Brownsboro, Edom, Frankston, Hawkins, Jacksonville, Laure, Martins Mill, Mineola, Murchison, New London, New Summerfield, Overton, Poyner, and Van.  

Academic Record
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited 2 or 4-year college or university in the United States.

College Major
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need
Financial need is a primary consideration. 

Length of Support
This scholarship will be renewable for up to three years, if the recipient meets the following criteria:

  • Continues to pursue an undergraduate degree,
  • Is a full-time student, and
  • Maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her undergraduate program.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $2,000 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Tyler Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Scholarship

This scholarship was established through the fundraising efforts of the Tyler Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. This group of citizens, who have participated in the Tyler Police Department's Citizen Police Academy, know first hand the caliber of Tyler's Police Department. It is their desire to do something to benefit this wonderful group of civil servants. This scholarship will be awarded to a dependent of a Tyler Police Department employee.

High School / Residency
Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or a previous graduate from any accredited public or private high school.

Academic Record
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school or college studies.

Other Eligibility Requirements
Recipient must be a child of a current employee of the City of Tyler, Texas Police Department.

Applicants must demonstrates excellent moral character, diligence in studies, and a desire to make a worthy contribution to the community.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States as a full time student.

College Major
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support
This scholarship is awarded for one year.  Recipients may reapply as long as their parent remains an employee of the City of Tyler Police Department. 

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Most recently, award amounts have been $1,000 per recipient.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Sherilyn A. Willis, MD Medical Scholarship

The Sherilyn A. Willis, MD Medical Scholarship was established in 2008 as a gift from Patrick Willis in honor of his wife, Sherilyn Willis, MD., of Tyler, Texas.  It was created to help support students in medical school who plan to practice medicine in Texas.

Residency
Preference will be given to students from the East Texas area.

Academic Record                                             
There are no minimum GPA requirements for this scholarship.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any medical school of their choice in the State of Texas.

College Major
Applicants must be accepted to or currently attending a medical school in the State of Texas.

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $500 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Alex Fleming Infinity Scholarship

Born December 4, 1989, in Bedford, Texas, Alex Fleming was a junior at Whitehouse High School, where he was respected and admired by students and teachers alike for his numerous achievements. Alex was a member of the National Honor Society, a varsity football and track letterman, and played for the junior varsity baseball team. Moreover, he distinguished himself through his involvement in the Whitehouse High School Band and Jazz Band.

The purpose of the Alex Fleming Infinity Scholarship Fund is to provide a scholarship to a graduating senior at Whitehouse High School who has participated in the band program for 4 years and shows high moral character. This is a merit based scholarship, and preference will be given to students who have participated successfully in the honors academic program.

High School / Residency
Applicant must be a graduating senior at Whitehouse High School.

Academic Record
Preference will be given to students who have participated successfully in the honors academic program.

Other Eligibility Requirements
Applicant must have participated in the band for 4 years.

College or University to be Attended
Recipient may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major
Recipient may major in any subject.

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,500 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Earl Campbell Tyler Rose High School Scholarship

This scholarship encourages student-athletes to succeed on and off the field. Recipients must participate in varsity athletics during the senior year of high school and exhibit the characteristics that define Earl Campbell. The scholarship was established by SPORTyler, Inc. in 2014.

High School / Residency
Applicant must be a graduating senior at a Smith County public or private high school.

Academic Record
Applicant must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school.

Other Eligibility Requirements
Applicant must have participated in varsity athletics for the academic year in which they apply and graduate from high school. High school varsity sports competition includes competitive sports sanctioned by University Interscholastic League (UIL), Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS), Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC), Texas Christian Athletic League (TCAL), or Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship (TCAF).

College athletic participation is NOT a requirement.

Recipients must demonstrate, by a written essay, the characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, community, and the tenacity to persist and overcome adversity and injury in the pursuit of reaching goals. 

College or University to be Attended
Recipient may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major 
Recipient may major in any subject.

Financial Need
Financial need will be considered but will not be weighted above other criteria for scholarship selection. 

Length of Support 

The scholarship MAY be renewable for up to 3 years additional years, based on the availability of funds, if the student:

  • continues to pursue an undergraduate degree as a full-time student (12 hours) 
  • maintains a 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale each semester

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $5,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Winifred K. George Scholarship

Established by Winifred George, this scholarship is to be awarded to a Smith County graduating senior who plans to attend Abilene Christian University.

High School / Residency
Applicant must be a graduating senior from a Smith County public, private, or home school.

Academic Record
Applicant must have achieved a GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).

College or University to be Attended
Recipient must plan to attend and remain at Abilene Christian University, enrolled as a full-time student.

College Major
Preference will be given to students who are planning to pursue a career in Christian ministry.

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support
The scholarship is renewable for up to 3 years (a total of 4 years) if the student:

  • remains a full-time student (12 hours) at Abilene Christian University
  • maintains a 2.75 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale each semester

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Richard B. and Mary Lou Hamm Scholarship Fund

The Richard B. and Mary Lou Hamm Scholarship Fund is awarded to graduating seniors from Bullard High School who plan to attend the University of Texas at Tyler.

High School / Residency
Recipient must be a graduating senior at Bullard High School.

Academic Record
There is no minimum GPA requirement for this scholarship.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients must be accepted to attend the University of Texas at Tyler.

College Major
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need
Financial need will be considered, but will not be weighted above other criteria. 

Length of Support
The scholarship is renewable for up to 3 years (a total of 4 years) if the student:

  • Maintains a 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale each semester.
  • Remains a full time student (at least 12 hours) at the University of Texas at Tyler

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Tim King Memorial Scholarship

Tim King was a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and the University of Texas at Austin. He began working for Brookshire Grocery Company (BGC) at the age of 16 until he completed his BBA from the University of Texas.  Upon graduation, Tim first worked for an accounting firm and later joined BGC as a financial accountant.  At the time of his death, Tim was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He served on the board of directors for BGC and was active in Texas Society of CPAs, Texas Retailers Association, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Salvation Army, Children's Advocacy Center, and Tyler Economic Development Council. He was truly a servant leader who was loved by all who had the unique opportunity to work with him.

Family and friends have established this scholarship fund in honor of Tim King so that Robert E. Lee High School graduates may be able to attend the University of Texas.

High School / Residency          
Applicant must be a graduating senior at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas.

Academic Record
Applicant must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school.

College Major
Applicants must be planning to pursue an undergraduate degree in business with a preference for those majoring in accounting.

College/University to be Attended
The student must be admitted to attend the University of Texas at Austin and plan to enroll as a full-time student.

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support
This scholarship is awarded for one year and may be renewable based on the availability of funds.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $2,500 to $3,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Lauren Lewis Memorial Scholarship

Lauren Lewis was a 2005 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and a senior at Texas A & M University in College Station at the time of her death.  Lauren was a devoted Christian who loved Jesus Christ and served her fellow students and community. She was active in the Maggie Women’s Leadership Organization of Texas A&M University and volunteered at a local Boys & Girls Club. Lauren (La La) lived life with gusto. Her favorite scripture verses were Ephesians 2:4..."But God! So rich is He in His mercy!" and Psalm 138:8…”The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.” Scholarship recipients must demonstrate high moral character, leadership and community service by a written essay.  Applicants should be available for a personal interview, if requested.

Lauren’s friends have established this scholarship fund as a legacy to Lauren so that deserving Robert E. Lee and All Saints graduates may be able to attend Texas A&M University.

High School / Residency
Applicant must a graduating senior from Robert E. Lee High School or All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas.

Academic Record
There is no minimum GPA requirement for this scholarship.

College or University to be Attended
Applicant must plan to enroll, and remain enrolled, as a full-time student at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. (Blinn TEAM does not qualify.) Applicant must have a written acceptance from Texas A&M University.

College Major
Recipients may major in any subject.

Other Eligibility Requirements
Applicant must show service and leadership qualities.

Financial Need
Financial need may be considered in the selection process but is not required. 

Length of Support
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount / Number of Scholarships
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
April 3

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Allen and Nancy Locklin Scholarship

The Allen and Nancy Locklin Scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior from Smith County who plans to attend the University of Texas at Tyler. The recipient must demonstrate outstanding citizenship, leadership qualities, Christian devotion, excellent moral character, and a commitment to community service.

High School / Residency
Recipient must be a graduating senior from a public, private or home school in Smith County.

Academic Record
Recipient must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school.

College/University to be Attended
Applicants must plan to enroll as a full-time student at the University of Texas at Tyler.

College Major
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need
Financial need will be considered but will not be weighted above other criteria for scholarship selection. 

Length of Support
The scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years (a total of 5 years) if the student:

  • Remains a full-time student (at least 12 hours) at the University of Texas at Tyler and
  • Maintains a 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale each semester.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $2,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Juliette Low's Amazing Girls Scholarship

Established in 2011, this scholarship is to be awarded to a female Smith County graduating senior who has been active in Girl Scouts.

High School / Residency
Applicant must be a graduating senior from a public, private, or home school in Smith County, Texas.  

Academic Record
Applicant must have achieved a minimum GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0) scale in her high school.

Other Eligibility Requirements
Applicant must have participated in Girl Scouts; preference will be given to recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Applicant must have demonstrated outstanding citizenship, leadership ability, and participation in community service work. 
Applicants must be female and under the age of 20 at the time of initial application.

College or University to be Attended
Recipient must be admitted to attend any accredited 2 or 4-year college or university in the United States.

College Major
Applicant may major in any subject.

Financial Need
Financial need may be considered in the selection process but is not required. 

Length of Support
Recipients are encouraged to reapply.  The scholarship may be renewable for up to four years (awarded for up to a total of five years), if the recipient meets the following criteria:

  • Reapplies each year for consideration,
  • Continues to pursue an undergraduate degree,
  • Is a full-time student, and

  • Maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her undergraduate program.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Frederick Michael Nachman Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Frederick Michael Nachman who graduated from Bellaire High School and the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Business Administration.  Mike was in the Air Force Reserves and a University of Texas Exes Life Member. He began his career with Leasing Associates, Inc in 1970 and in 2001 he became CEO and sole owner.  He was very respected by his employees and by his business associates for his fair and ethical business practices.  Mike loved hunting, fishing, and watching football. He rarely ever missed a Longhorn game and you would often find him humming along with fight song and doing the "hook-em horns" sign.  Mike also had a passion for his family and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

High School / Residency          
Applicant must a graduating senior from a public, private, or home school in Smith County, Texas or from Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas. 

Academic Record 
Recipient must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school. 

College/University to be Attended
The applicant must have been accepted to attend the University of Texas at Austin as a full-time student.

College Major 
Recipients must plan to major in business with a preference for finance majors.

Other Eligibility Requirements
Applicant must have demonstrated outstanding citizenship and leadership during high school.

Financial Need 
Financial need is a primary consideration. Students meeting all other eligibility criteria but with little financial need may also apply. 

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,500 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Gary Neel Memorial Scholarship

Gary Neel was a very proud and passionate 1972 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and 1976 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation from the University of Texas, Gary entered the pharmacy business and at the time of his death was a senior district manager at a major pharmaceutical company. His sensitivity, humility and quiet strength were manifested in his love for his wife, family, co-workers and friends. Gary's love, friendship and wisdom touched many hearts and made a difference in the lives of all who knew him.  He treated all people in his life as if they were his dearest friends – a trait that is rare today.
 
Gary's friends and family have established this scholarship fund as a legacy to Gary so that deserving Robert E. Lee High School graduates may be able to attend the University of Texas.

High School / Residency         
Applicant must a graduating senior from Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas.

Academic Record
There is no minimum GPA requirement.

College/University to be Attended
The applicant must have been accepted to attend the University of Texas at Austin as a full-time student.

College Major
Recipients may major in any subject.

Other Eligibility Requirements
Applicant must show service and leadership qualities

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $2,500 to $3,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Partners in Arts Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a Smith County graduating senior who has actively participated in one of the performing or visual arts such as band, choir, dance, orchestra, theater arts or visual art and who plans to major in the visual or performing arts (applied, performance, or education) in college.

High School / Residency
Applicant must a graduating senior from a public, private, or home school in Smith County.

Academic Record
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major
Recipients must major in the visual or performing arts (applied, performance, or education).

Other Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must have actively participated in one of the performing or visual arts such as band, choir, dance, orchestra, theater arts, or visual art while in high school.

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Kristen and Joey Seeber Scholarship

The Kristen and Joey Seeber Scholarship was established to honor former Mayor Joey Seeber and thank his family for his years of service as Mayor of the City of Tyler.  Contributions from hundreds of Tylerites established this fund.

High School / Residency
Applicant must a graduating senior from Robert E. Lee High School or John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas.  Preference will be given to residents of the City of Tyler.

Academic Record
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need
Financial need will be considered but will not be weighted above other criteria for scholarship selection. 

Length of Support
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Smith County Baptist Ministers Scholarship

This scholarship was created through the generosity of a donor who himself was the son of a Baptist minister. Had it not been for the generosity of lay people in his father's congregation, the donor would not have been able to attend college. This scholarship is both a tribute to the benefactors who made the donor's education possible and a way to make the same kind of investment in promising young people. This scholarship will be awarded to dependent children of ordained Baptist ministers serving congregations in Smith County, Texas, that are members of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

High School / Residency
Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or a current college undergraduate from Smith County.

Academic Record
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school or college studies.

Other Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be dependent children of ordained Baptist ministers serving congregations in Smith County, Texas, that are members of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support
This scholarship will be awarded for one year at a time. Students who still meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to re-apply each year.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,500 per recipient has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Texas Rose Festival Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a Smith County graduating senior or a current college student. Preference is for those who have participated in the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Texas. 

High School / Residency
Recipient must be a graduating senior at a Smith County public, private, or home school or a current college student who attended a Smith County school.

Academic Record
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her studies.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients must attend a college or university located in the State of Texas.

College Major
Recipients may major in any subject.

Preference
Preference is given to students who have participated in the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Texas.

Financial Need
Financial need is a primary consideration. 

Length of Support
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $500 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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A.D. and Mary Winston Scholarship

The A.D. and Mary Winston Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from a Smith County public high school entering Texas A&M University.

High School / Residency
Recipient must be a resident of Smith County and a graduating senior at any public high school within Smith County.

Academic Record
The recipient must have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in high school studies.

College or University to be Attended
The student must be admitted to attend Texas A&M University. (Blinn TEAM does not qualify.)

College Major
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need
Financial need will be considered but will not be weighted above other criteria for scholarship selection. 

Length of Support
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Kathy's Kids Scholarship

This scholarship fund is established in honor of Kathy Smith. Born in 1962 with a rare genetic condition known as Seckel Syndrome, Kathy has spent her entire life unable to speak, but communicates very well through body language and audible sounds. She has made a difference in the lives of the residents living at Richmond State School where she has resided since 1974. This scholarship fund honors the life of Kathy Smith by providing educational scholarships to young women in the Longview area who, like Kathy, have faced challenges.

High School / Residency 

Applicant must be a graduating senior from a high school which participates in the Forever Friends Program, including: Gladewater High School, Hallsville High School, Kilgore High School, Longview High School, New Diana High School, Pine Tree High School, Spring Hill High School, or White Oak High School.

Academic Record 
The recipient must have achieved a 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in her high school studies.

Other Eligibility Requirements 
Applicants must be current participants in the Longview area Forever Friends program, a mentoring program for young women administered by the City of Longview office of Partners In Prevention. (Forever Friends Too participants are not eligible.)

College or University to be Attended 

Recipient must be admitted to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, or an accredited technical school as a full-time student.  

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need 
Financial need is a primary consideration. Preference will be given to students with financial need who are being raised by a single parent or single guardian.

Length of Support 
This scholarship MAY be renewed based on availability of funding.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,000 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Whitehouse Young Farmers Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established by an ag booster club to help students attend college who have participated in Agricultural Education while attending Whitehouse High School.

High School / Residency 

Applicant must be a graduating senior from Whitehouse High School.

Academic Record 
The recipient must have achieved a 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in his or her high school studies.

Other Eligibility Requirements 
Applicants must have enrolled in an Agricultural Education class for at least one year in high school. Preference will be given to students who participated in FFA.

College or University to be Attended 

Recipient may attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, or an accredited technical school as a full-time student.  

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need 
Financial need is a primary consideration. 

Length of Support 
This scholarship is awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $1,200 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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 Brook Hill Founder's Scholarship

Steve Dement created this scholarship to enable students attending the college preparatory school he founded, The Brook Hill School, to continue their education at Baylor University where he earned three degrees. Mr. Dement continues to teach history and government at Brook Hill while also operating Landmark Title and a real estate law practice. His faith guides all these ventures as he models for his students how to honor, serve, and rely upon God in all that they do.

High School / Residency
Applicant must a graduating senior from The Brook Hill School in Bullard, Texas.

Academic Record 
The recipient must have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school studies.

College or University to be Attended
Applicant must plan to enroll, and remain enrolled, as a full-time student at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Applicant must have a written acceptance from Baylor University.

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need 

Financial need may be considered in the selection process but is not required. 

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only. In future years, the scholarship MAY be renewable. 

Scholarship Amount / Number of Scholarships
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Initially, $2,500 will be awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Vision for Your Future Scholarship 

Dr. Neisha Rudd established this scholarship in 2016 to encourage and support Smith County students interested in entering the medical profession. To reflect the donor's gender and specialty, preference is for female students planning to study optometry, ophthalmology, or other eye-care related specializations.

High School / Residency
Applicant must a graduating senior from a public, private, or home school located in Smith County in East Texas.

Academic Record 
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major 
Recipients must plan on pursuing a medically-related course of study with a preference for optometry, ophthalmology, or other eye-care related specializations.

Gender Preference 
To encourage and support women in the medical profession, preference will be given to female students who meet the criteria for this scholarship.

Financial Need 
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support 
This scholarship is awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Initially, $1,000 will be awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Carroll and Casey Gurganus Scholarship

The Carroll and Casey Gurganus Scholarship was established to benefit outstanding students with financial need at Palestine High School. Recipients should demonstrate leadership ability through participation in extracurricular activities, community service, and/or work experience during high school.

High School / Residency
Applicants must be graduating seniors at Palestine High School, in Palestine, Texas.  

Academic Record 
Recipients must be ranked in the top 25% of his or her high school graduating class.

High School Activities 
Recipient should demonstrate leadership ability through participation in extracurricular activities, community service, and /or work experience during high school.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need 
Financial need is a primary consideration. 

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be renewable for up to three years, if the recipient meets the following criteria:

  • Continues to pursue an undergraduate degree,
  • Is a full-time student, and
  • Maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her undergraduate program.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Initially, $2,500 will be awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Gladys and Thomas "T.B." Stewart Texas College Scholarship

This scholarship supports students attending Texas College in Tyler, Texas and honors the legacy of Gladys and Thomas Stewart. The Stewarts valued their faith and the role of education in their lives and served as positive role models to young people. Mrs. Stewart was an educator with Tyler ISD for 40 years. It was the Stewart’s desire to make a lasting contribution to their community by rewarding students who share their values of faith, education, and high moral character. Eligible students of all races are encouraged to apply.

High School / Residency

Recipient must be a graduating senior from a public, private, or home school. Preference is for residents of Smith County with a secondary preference for residents of East Texas.

Academic Record 
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients must attend Texas College in Tyler, Texas.

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need 
Financial need is a primary consideration. 

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be renewable for up to three years, if the recipient meets the following criteria:

  • Continues to pursue an undergraduate degree,
  • Is a full-time student, and
  • Maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her undergraduate program.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Initially, $1,250 will be awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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 Martha J. Critchfield Women in Finance Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor Martha J. Critchfield by her friends, family, and colleagues. She was the first licensed female stockbroker in Tyler, Texas. Martha retired from her career as a financial advisor in 2016. This scholarship will be awarded to a female East Texas graduating senior who plans to major in business in college.

High School / Residency           
The recipient must be a graduating senior attending a public, private, or home school in an ETCF East Texas county*.

Academic Record 
Applicant must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in her high school.

College Major
Applicants must be planning to pursue an undergraduate degree in business with a preference for those majoring in finance or accounting.

Other Eligibility Requirements 
The recipient must be a female student.

College/University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

Financial Need 
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support 

This scholarship will be renewable for up to three years, if the recipient meets the following criteria:

  • Continues to pursue an undergraduate degree with a major in business,
  • Is a full-time student, and
  • Maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in her undergraduate program.

Scholarship Amount 
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Initially, $500 will be awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

*ETCF Counties include : Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

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Frances Cowan Gibson Fine Arts Scholarship

Frances Cowan Gibson, a native of Tyler, earned degrees in both piano and art. She taught piano lessons and was an accomplished artist who enjoyed drawing, painting, and printmaking. This scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing fine arts studies.

High School / Residency
Applicant must be a graduating senior, graduate, or GED recipient of a public, private, or home school located in Smith County in East Texas.

Academic Record 
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject and must continue to pursue studies in visual arts.  

Other Eligibility Requirements 
This scholarship will recognize students with interest, talent, and accomplishment in visual arts and an inclination to continue their studies in visual arts at an accredited college or university as a full-time student. Visual arts includes two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, multimedia art, art history, or general studio art.

Financial Need 
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only. Past recipients and past applicants may reapply if they meet the criteria for the scholarship.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Initially, $5,000 will be awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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R. Don Cowan Music and Performing Arts Scholarship

R. Don Cowan was a founder of Tyler-based TCA Cable. He and his wife, Frances, appreciated and enjoyed music and were strong supporters of the arts in Tyler. This scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing music and performing arts studies (music, musical theater, and dance).

High School / Residency
Applicant must be a graduating senior, graduate, or GED recipient of a public, private, or home school located in Smith County in East Texas.

Academic Record 
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the United States.

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject and must continue to pursue studies in music or performing arts.  

Other Eligibility Requirements 
This scholarship will recognize students with interest, talent, and accomplishment in music or performing arts and an inclination to continue their studies in music or performing arts at an accredited college or university as a full-time student. Music and performing arts includes music, musical theater, and dance.

Financial Need 
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only. Past recipients and past applicants may reapply if they meet the criteria for the scholarship.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Initially, $5,000 will be awarded.

Application Deadline
March 1

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Velma Lemons Future Teachers Scholarship

To honor the long-time teaching career of their mother, the children of Velma Lemons established this scholarship to assist students from Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood Counties who plan to major in education.

High School / Residency
Applicant must be a graduating senior of a public, private, or home school located in Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, or Wood County in East Texas.

Academic Record 
Recipients must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her high school.

College or University to be Attended
Recipients may attend any accredited college or university in the State of Texas.

College Major 
Recipients must plan to major in education.  

Other Eligibility Requirements 
The recipient must have demonstrated the potential to make a worthy contribution to the community, Christian devotion, and excellent moral character.

Financial Need 
Financial need is not a consideration.

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only. 

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Initially, $300 will be awarded.

Application Deadline
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