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Students in the Lone Star state have many scholarship options that were created just for students with ties to Texas. In addition to looking for funding through your college or university, Texas students should also consider the following scholarships as a means to fund their education:
Dixie Boys Baseball Bernie Varnadore Scholarship Program provides eleven scholarships annually of up to $1,250. These awards are geared towards high school seniors who have played on the Dixie Boys Baseball team. Applicants must have a strong academic record, demonstrate leadership skills within their community and show financial need. More information can be found at: http://www.dixie.org/AssetFactory.aspx?did=551.
Dr. Dan J. and Patricia S. Pickard Scholarship awards were created to help African-American males who reside in Dallas. Two scholarships worth $1,000 each are available to eligible students. This award may be used to defray the cost of tuition, student fees, or textbooks. In order to be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in a Dallas County high school. Students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and who demonstrate financial need. Applicants may have to attend an in-person interview in order to be considered. The award can be renewed up to four times, but students will need to reapply each year. More information can be found at: http://www.dallasfoundation.org/ForStudents/DallasFoundationScholarships/tabid/215/Default.aspx.
George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation awards 70 scholarships annually to high school students in Houston. The award amount is for $18,000. The winners may attend any four year university within the United States. The total amount of $18,000 is awarded over a period of four years. In order to be eligible for this award, students must be high school seniors in the Houston area as well as a United States citizen. Additionally, students are selected based on their financial need as well as academic potential. More information about this scholarship can be found at the following website: http://hammanfoundation.org/scholarship-guidelines/.
The Kenneth H. Ashworth Fellowship offers a $2,000 grant to one lucky student. Edibility criteria indicate that students must be Texas residents who demonstrate financial need. Additionally, this award is only applicable to graduate students who are in the public service (or related field). Students must also plan to work in Texas after graduation and the award may only be used at universities or colleges in the state of Texas.
The Texas Public Educational Grant was created to help students with financial need attend school. In order to be eligible, students must be Texas residents with demonstrated financial need. Students must attend a public institution within Texas and complete a FAFSA.
Area Go Texan Scholarships are awarded to 78 students annually. These scholarships are offered to one student in each of the participating counties of Texas. The winners of the award receive $18,000 over a four year period. Students must be graduating from high school and both a resident of the U.S. and Texas. In addition, completion of the FAFSA is required for consideration. Lastly, students must plan to attend a non-profit university within their home state. More information can be found at this website: http://www.rodeohouston.com/Scholarships/ScholarshipTypes.aspx#1315176-area-go-texan.
Author: Jeff Gitlen