Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes scholarship opportunities. Students in Texas enjoy a wide range of scholarship opportunities that can make a world of difference to students with financial need. If you are looking for ways to pay for college, these programs are a good place to start your search:
George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Scholarships
Each year, this foundation provides seventy scholarships to high school seniors from the Houston area who are planning to earn an undergraduate degree. The award provides students with $16,000 over four years as long as the student maintains eligibility. Recipients may pursue any major at any four-year college or university in the United States. To be eligible, students must be in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller counties and must be U.S. citizens. Awards are made based on academic ability and financial need. To apply, students must submit the completed application along with transcripts and SAT/ACT scores and other required documentation by April 1. Interested students may get an application at the Hammond Foundation website.
W. Price Jr. Memorial Scholarship
These $2,000 scholarships are awarded to four graduating high school seniors each year who plan to attend a post-secondary culinary program. In addition three currently enrolled culinary students receive scholarships. To be eligible, students must be residents of the state of Texas who are enrolled full-time in a foodservice or hospitality program. In addition, students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher and a 3.5 or higher GPA in all major classes. Applications and full program information is available at www.restaurantville.com.
Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program
This program is open to Texas residents who show financial need and are enrolled at least half time in the first 30 hours of an associate’s degree or certificate program in Texas. Students who meet academic standards can receive funding for up to 75 semester hours or four years. Students must show annual satisfactory progress toward meeting program requirements and a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The awards are valued at $1,200 per semester for community college students and $2,200 per semester for technical school students. Funds are only available for use at Lamar State College at Orange, Lamar State College at Port Arthur, and Lamar Institute of Technology. To apply, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The chosen school will notify all qualifying students. For further information, visit www.collegeforalltexans.com.
Houston ISD Council of PTAs
This program offers $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Texas who will be enrolled full-time by the fall semester following high school graduation. In addition, the program provides $500 to teachers, teachers’ aides, or other faculty members to cover the costs of continuing education, including correspondence courses. Interested students must submit the application found at www.txpta.org by April 15.
Dr. Dan J. and Patricia S. Pickard Scholarship
This fund was established in 2004 and provides one to two scholarships of $1,000 each year. To be eligible, applicants must be African-American males who will graduate from a Dallas County high school with at least a 2.5 GPA and plans to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate financial need. To apply, students must submit the application along with high school transcripts, an essay, community service activities, work experience, and between one and three letters of recommendation by April 1. Scholarship applications and program details are available at www.dallasfoundation.org.
The Estelle Beaumont Ellison Scholarship Foundation
This fund provides scholarships to students who exhibit moral character, financial need, academic excellence, diligence, ability, or achievement, and regular participation in a Christian church. Scholarships range from $500 to $3,000 a year for a single year, but recipients may apply for subsequent years. Scholarships are available to undergraduate and seminary students. To apply, students must submit the completed application along with letters of recommendation and other supporting documentation by March 1. Applications are available at www.cecsa.org.
Fort Worth Scottish Rite Foundation
This program provides fifty $1,000 scholarships each year to high school seniors from Archer, Baylor, Bosque, Brown, Callhan, Clay, Coleman, Comanche, Cooke, Denton, Eastland, Erath, Foard, Hamilton, Hardeman, Haskell, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Jones, Knox, Montague, Palo, Pinto, Parker, Shackleford, Somervell, Stephens, Stonewall, Tarrant, Taylor, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young counties. One recipient is chosen from each high school. Recipients will be chosen based on SAT and ACT scores, transcripts, honors, advanced placement, and dual credit courses. Interested students must submit the completed application along with two faculty letters of recommendation, to letters of personal reference, transcripts, and standardized test scores via postal mail by March 1. Interested students may apply at www.fortworthscottishrite.org.
The Goss-Michael Foundation Texas Art Scholarship
This program provides $5,000 merit-based scholarships each year to students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Recipients will be chosen based on scholastic and artistic achievement, community and school participation, and leadership. Interested students can apply for scholarships at www.gossmichaelfoundation.org.
Hope Pierce Tartt Scholarship
To be eligible for these scholarships, students must be citizens of the United States and must be residents of Harrison, Gregg, Marion, Panola, or Upshur Counties for at least two years. Application for the $5,000 scholarships must be made through the Financial Aid Office of the chosen college or university. Awards are renewable for up to four years to full-time students who demonstrate financial need. Eligible students must have at least a C average in high school and must maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA for renewal. Program applications and full details are available at www.everychanceeverytexan.org.
Rebekah Assembly of Texas Irma Gesche Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is available to a Texas resident who plans to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Recipients are chosen based on academic ability, personal development, community service, and financial need. To apply, students must submit a completed application along with high school transcripts, a letter outlining educational goals, and three letters of reference by December 31. Interested students can apply for scholarships at www.everychaneeverytexan.org.
These and other scholarships in Texas are designed to promote higher education among the state’s students. Regardless of your situation and personal goals, there are programs available that can help you.