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The Lone Star State of Texas is the 2nd largest and the 2nd most populous in these United States. There are nearly 27 million people living in Texas. The leading industries in the state are agriculture and mining, energy, technology and banking and insurance. Everything is bigger down here, even higher education. 

There are nearly 270 colleges, universities and trade schools in Texas. These include nationally-ranked state schools such as the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. Other large research universities include Texas Tech University and the University of Houston. However, smaller schools do exist. Colleges such as Austin College (in Sherman, TX) and Southwestern University (in Georgetown, TX) offer a different type of educational experience with smaller class sized and more contact time with faculty. 

Potential degree candidates looking for college scholarships in Texas should find many options. Both public and private funding opportunities are available. The state administers funds based on ethnicity, gender, financial need and academic achievement. Private funds are available in fields such as engineering, nursing, education, information science, accounting, aeronautics, architecture and many more.

Follow the links below to learn more about the full range of college scholarship opportunities in the sate of Texas. 

Jake Jones Memorial Scholarship for the Learning Disabled

This scholarship was established in 1995 by the family of Jake Jones and the community of Claude for learning disabled graduating seniors in the Texas Panhandle. 
Eligibility
 • Graduating seniors from the 26 northernmost counties of the Texas Panhandle who have a documented learning disability 
• Exhibit integrity, ambition, good moral character and a strong desire to achieve a higher level of education
 • Demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles caused by the learning disability 
• Demonstrate a high standard of values, such as loyalty to friends, family, and faith
 • Major in field of choice at a Texas college/university of choice
 
Application
 • AAF General Scholarship Application
 • Applications must be accompanied by a detailed letter from your special education teacher/coordinator, counselor, or doctor that clearly identifies your documented learning disability and how your integrity, ambition, and good character have enabled you to overcome the obstacles associates with your documented learning disability. You will also have to submit a personal letter or essay that tells the scholarship selection committee the struggles you have faced with having a learning disability, how you have worked to overcome obstacles caused by the learning disability, and how family, friends, and faith have aided you in the process. You must also address your commitment to achieve a higher level of education
 
 Award Selection
 • AAF Scholarship Screening Committee and local community members
 
 Scholarship Amount
 • $500 
• One time award

Marsh Minority Scholarship

Established by Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 in 1997 to benefit Hispanic and African American students enrolled at West Texas A&M University majoring in the field of Education, Nursing, Allied Health, Sociology, or General Studies Eligibility
 • Restricted to African American and Hispanic students 
• Junior or Senior college students or masters level students
 • Maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA while in college
 • Major in field of Education, Nursing, Alllied Health, Sociology, or General Studies at West Texas A&M University Application
• AAF General Scholarship Application Award Selection
 • AAF Scholarship Selection Committee Scholarship Amount 
• $1,000
 • Renewable award

The B. J. Dean Scholarship Fund

The B. J. Dean Scholarship Fund is for women preparing for full-time Christian ministry, but not limited to those seeking ordination or serving any particular denomination. Applicants must be residents of the State of Tennessee or the State of Texas. Applicants may also be students who are preparing to attend Yale Divinity School.

Nolan Moore Memorial Education Foundation Scholarship

The Foundation’s main purpose is to support industry education, as well as offering scholarships to students who are pursuing a career in printing technology/management. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $180,000 in scholarships to students in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Scholarship amounts range from $500 (freshman) to $2,500 (seniors) per year and are based on the student's academic and non-academic accomplishments. Eligible students must attend an accredited printing management or technology program and have permanent residence in one of the four states (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri) served by PIA MidAmerica. Students must be pursuing a management or technology degree. Those who are interested in design, photography, or web-based careers will not be considered for the scholarship. The application deadline is March 1st of every year for the school year beginning in the fall.

Clampitt Paper/Henry Phillips Memorial Scholarship

Must be a Texas resident currently enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year print technology or management program. Annual award of up to $1,000 to one student from each of the following areas: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

AOTF Texas Scholarship

Two scholarships to be awarded annually: one at the post baccalaureate degree level and one at the associate degree level to Texas residents attending any curriculum in the state of Texas and members of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association. Scholarship amount TBD. QUALIFIED APPLICANTS MUST: Meet all eligibility requirements; For Post-baccalaureate scholarships, this must be the first degree in Occupational Therapy; Have a sustained record of outstanding scholastic achievement; Supply application data including: (1) Two references and (2) Program Director's statement; Applicants for post-baccalaureate scholarships must be enrolled at the professional level (Master's or OTD) in an accredited or developing Occupational Therapy educational program and have completed 1 full year of Occupational Therapy coursework. Please check the website for any changes in deadline application.

Fred R. McDaniel Memorial Scholarship

Preference is given to baccalaureate or higher degree candidates. Preference is given to students in electronics, communications or related fields. Preference will be given to candidates residing in the FCC Fifth Call District (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New Mexico) and attending school within that Call District. Preference will be given to applicants with an academic grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Must be a licensed amateur radio operator.

John W. Puckett Memorial Accounting Scholarship

The firm of Gerhardt and Puckett, as well as family and friends, established the John W. Puckett Memorial Accounting Scholarship in October 1987, after the unexpected death of Puckett. Eligibility
 • University junior or senior Accounting student at West Texas A&M University
 • Demonstrate financial need and academic excellence
 • Maintain a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA while in college Application
 • AAF General Scholarship Application

 Award Selection 
• Amarillo Area Foundation Scholarship Screening Committee Scholarship Amount
 • $500 
• One year award, may re-apply

Makios Technology Fund

If you are currently enrolled in University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College, or New Mexico State University, please contact the scholarship office on campus for more information on scholarships provided by the El Paso Community Foundation. Graduating high school seniors may apply at their school. Will award tuition and educational related expenses to El Paso County students pursuing careers in Information Technology. Please check the website for deadline of application.

First National Bank Scholarship Fund

Granting scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Children of El Paso County/Ft. Bliss soldiers Killed in Action. Graduating high school seniors may apply at their school. The selection process is often handled through the scholarship offices at the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College, and New Mexico State University. Please check the website for deadline of application.

E. Eugene Waide, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the family of Dr. Waide in his memory. Eligibility: 
• Graduating senior from Ochiltree, Hansford, Lipscomb, Hutchinson, Roberts or Hemphill counties 
• Pursue a career as LVN, BSN (junior or senior), MSN, or medical school
 • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA while in college
 • Major in field of Nursing or medical related field at college/university of choice Application
 • AAF General Scholarship Application Award Selection 
• Local Scholarship Screening Committee Scholarship Amount
 • $1,000
 • One time award

Abilene Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Scholarship

Upper level/ Business Administration students/Nontraditional This scholarship rotates annually among the three local universities and is awarded to an upper level college student (junior or senior) majoring in business administration. 2014 Scholarship will be awarded to an ACU student, 2015 HSU and 2016 MCM.

Bob Alvis Memorial Scholarship

This fund was established in 1999 by the Wagstaff, Alvis, Stubbeman, Seamster and Longacre legal firm to honor the memory of Bob Alvis, one of their founding partners. An annual scholarship award will be made to an area student attending Hardin-Simmons University and a member of the Cowboy Band.

Horace M. Condley Scholarship Fund

Upper level/Junior-Senior/ Business/Accounting student This scholarship was established by partners of Condley and Company, L.L.P. to honor the memory of founding partner, Horace Condley. Mr. Condley believed strongly in the value of education. This scholarship is to provide financial help for upperclassman (junior or senior) accounting students at McMurry University

Todd Moore Memorial Scholarship

High School Senior. Designated for high school graduates who have played high school varsity golf during junior or senior year. Student must be a graduate from a Taylor County high school, Baird, Clyde, Eula, Robert Lee or Hamlin High Schools. Recipient may choose to attend any U.S. college/university. Two reference letters must be provided; one from your coach (or assistant coach) and the other may come from your pastor, youth counselor, high school counselor, teacher (past/current) , applicant’s employer, or a family friend (no relatives). Award $2,500/yr. for two years

Perry Bentley Memorial Scholarship

McMurry University Juried Art Show winner Friends of Perry Bentley, a former Abilene artist, established this fund after his early death in 1986. The fund provides a significant four-year scholarship for the area high school senior who is selected as the winner of the annual juried art show at McMurry University. Contact McMurry School of Arts and Letters at 325-793-4888 for additional information and application. Selection is made each spring.

Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG)

Program Purpose To provide grant assistance to students with financial need. Eligibility Requirements Are Texas residents, non-residents or foreign students Show financial need Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement FYI: Each institution may set its own priorities in making awards to undergraduate or graduate students; to full- or part-time students. Check with your institution to find out these requirements. Eligible Institutions Public colleges or universities in Texas make TPEG awards from their own resources. Only in-state (Texas) colleges or universities may participate in the program. Only public colleges or universities participate in the program (no private, non-profit or career colleges or universities). Award Amount No individual award may be more than the student’s financial need. Each institution might set its own maximum award amounts. Application Process Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The financial aid office at the college or university the student applied to will notify the student if he/she is eligible. Additional Information Your eligibility for this program is determined by the financial aid office at your college. Funds may not be immediately available to you at the beginning of the semester. Contact your college financial aid office for additional information on eligibility or availability of funds.

Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG)

Program Purpose To provide grant aid to financially needy students to enable them to attend private, non-profit colleges or universities in Texas. Eligibility Requirements Are Texas residents or are non-resident National Merit Finalists; Show financial need; Are enrolled in an eligible institution in Texas in a degree plan leading to a first associate's, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degree; If awarded their first TEG prior to 9/1/2005, meet the academic progress requirements of their institution; If awarded their first TEG on or after 9/1/2005, earn and maintain an overall college GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 24 credit hours per year (18 credit hours per year if a graduate student); Enroll on at least a 1/2 time basis if awarded first-ever TEG prior to 09/01/2005 OR a 3/4 basis if awarded first-ever TEG on or after 09/01/2005 Are not receiving athletic scholarships; Are required to pay more tuition than they would pay to attend a public institution; and Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement. Eligible Institutions Only private, non-profit Texas colleges or universities may participate in the program. Award Amount Awards may not exceed the student's financial need or the amount of tuition the student is paying in excess of what he or she would pay at a public institution. Application Process Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The financial aid office at the college or university will notify you if you are eligible. Additional Information Your eligibility for this program is determined by the financial aid office at your college. Funds may not be immediately available to you at the beginning of the semester. Contact your college financial aid office for additional information on eligibility of availability of funds.

Top 10 Percent Scholarship

The 80th Texas Legislature created the Top 10 Percent Scholarship to encourage students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class to attend a Texas public institution of higher education. Typically, if funding is available, qualifying students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) by a specific deadline**, have financial need, and enroll fulltime in a Texas public college or university in the fall semester may be eligible to receive an award. Students who submit their FAFSA after this deadline will not be awarded in the next academic year due to limited funding. Initial Eligibility Requirements (contingent upon available funding): Be a Texas resident Be registered with Selective Service or be exempt from registration Demonstrate financial need (to be determined by the college or university financial aid office) Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to generate the CPS results in a non-rejected status by March 15 or submit the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) to the financial aid office by March 15* ** if ineligible to complete a FAFSA. Complete Recommended or Distinguished Achievement High School curriculum Rank in the top 10 percent of the high school graduating class (as of his/her 7th semester or 6th if the college uses that semester for admissions) Graduate from an accredited high school in Texas Enroll fulltime in a Texas public 2-year or 4-year College or University in fall through the census date of the semester. Renewal Eligibility Requirements (contingent upon available funding): Complete 30 semester credit hours (SCH) in the previous year Maintain cumulative 3.25 GPA Complete at least 75% of hours attempted

TEXAS Grant

Program Purpose The Texas Legislature established the TEXAS (Towards EXcellence, Access and Success) Grant to make sure that well-prepared high school graduates with financial need could go to college. Who can apply? Students who... For an initial award: Are Texas residents Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance Show financial need Have an EFC less than or equal to $4000 Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement AND Be a graduate of an accredited high school in Texas not earlier than the 1998-99 school year Complete the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program in high school Enroll in a non-profit public college or university in Texas within 16 months of graduation from a public or accredited private high school in Texas and Have accumulated no more than 30 semester credit hours, excluding those earned for dual or concurrent courses or awarded for credit by examination (AP, IB or CLEP). OR Have earned an associate degree from a public technical, state or community college in Texas and Enroll in any public university in Texas no more than 12 months after receiving their associate's degree. Students entering the program from high school who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 150 semester credit hours, until they receive a bachelor's degree, or for five years if enrolled in a 4-year degree plan or six years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first. Students entering the program based on acquisition of an associate's degree who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 90 semester credit hours, until they receive a bachelor's degree, or for three years if enrolled in a 4-year degree plan or four years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first. The academic requirements for continuing in the program are: At the end of the first year, a student entering the program must be meeting the school's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. At the end of the second year in the program or later years, all students must complete at least 75% of the hours attempted in the prior academic year, have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 24 semester credit hours per year. Where may awards be used? A TEXAS Grant may be used to attend any public institution of higher education in Texas. How much can be awarded? The maximum award amount (including state and institutional funds) is equal to the student's tuition and required fees.

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