Texas Dove Hunters Association Scholarship

Texas Dove Hunters Association Scholarship
     Pursuing a degree
     A hunting enthusiast
     One letter of reference
     Official transcript
     Postmarked by April 1st

Class of 1961 Scholarship

Class of 1961 Scholarship
     One Senior boy and one Senior girl
     SHS Common Application
     Due:  May 2nd to Counseling Center

Wanda Sue Ham Scholarship

Wanda Sue Ham Scholarship
     SHS Common Application
     Due to Counseling Office May 2nd

Bowman Family Scholarship

Bowman Family Scholarship
     SHS Common Application
     Deadline:  April 1st to Counseling Center

Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest Description

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here: http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship

Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship

The Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship is offered to students in the Big Country who attend one of the schools in the 19 county area.  The student must be a senior who has participated in varsity athletics and attended the eligible school for 3 years.  The application can be found at https://cfabilene.academicworks.com/. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Jennifer Weber at jweber@cfabilene.org.

Nursing School Almanac Scholarship

I wanted to make your students aware of a scholarship opportunity. Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its second annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:

+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics

+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare

This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2016.

We ask interested students to visit www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.


Shawn Harrell

Outreach Manager

Nursing Schools Almanac

Abilene A&M Club Scholarship

Abilene A&M Club

-Graduating from Taylor, Jones, Shackelford, Callahan, Coleman, Runnels, Nolan or Fisher Counties.

-Have been accepted to Texas A&M University

-Will attend full time (at least 12 hours)

-Not a member or plan to be a member of any athletic team that competes in NCAA events


Due: Postmarked by April 1st

   Application in Mrs. Kiker's office

   Attach transcript

   Three letters of recommendation

   Recent picture


Mail to:

  Abilene A&M Club Scholarship Committee

   Attention: Marta Hollowell

   7934 White Blvd.

   Abilene, TX  79606

Higginbotham Brothers Scholarship

Higginbotham Brothers


-Graduating Senior

-Maintain minimum 2.5 GPA

-Minimum of 12 hours per semester

$1,000/year ($500 Fall/$500 Spring)


Due: April 1st

   Mail to:  

   Higginbotham Bros. & Co

   Attn: Donna Coolbaugh

   P.O. Box 392

   Comanche TX  76442


See Mrs. Kiker for application.

Big Country Electric Co-Op Scholarships Available

GOVERNMENT IN ACTION YOUTH TOUR – Open to all Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Contestants must submit a 2-4 page essay on the topic “How would your life change if electricity no longer existed?” by 5:30 pm January 28, 2016. Six finalists will be selected from the submitted essays. Finalists will deliver their essay as a presentation Monday, February 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm at BCEC’s Roby office. Three winners will be selected to win an all-expense paid 10-day trip to Washington, D.C. on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour in June 2016. You do not have to be a BCEC member to compete and win! Each winner and one runner-up will also receive $1,500 scholarships. Essays due January 28, 2016. You may complete the entry form and submit your essay online!


BIG COUNTRY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP – Two (2) scholarships of $4,000 each ($500 per semester for 8 semesters or 4 years) will be awarded. Applicant must reside with a parent or guardian who is a member of BCEC and must be a current year graduating senior. Applications due January 29, 2016.


TREWA (Texas Rural Electric Women’s Association) SCHOLARSHIP – Fifteen (15) TREWA scholarships, of $1,500 each, will be awarded to TREWA members and their children. Applicants must also be a current member or an employee of a Texas electric cooperative (such as BCEC). Applications must be postmarked by March 13, 2016.


GOLDEN SPREAD ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE DIRECTORS’ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $2,000 payable $500 for each of four semesters through the sophomore year. The scholarship is available to an entering freshman college or university student who is a member, or spouse or child of a member, or child whose guardian is a member of a rural electric cooperative (BCEC), which is an owner (member) of Golden Spread Electric Cooperative. Applications due March 15, 2016.

2016 Don't Mess With Texas Scholarship Program

Texas high school seniors, start your essays.

The 2016 Don't mess with Texas Scholarship Contest invites Texas high school seniors to apply for one of three scholarships to help with college expenses. One $6,000 grand prize scholarship and two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded in May 2016.

Sponsored by Forestar, the Don't mess with Texas Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken a leadership role to prevent litter in their school and/or community and promote awareness of the Don't mess with Texas initiative.

Any high school senior currently attending public, private, or home school in Texas and planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited Texas college or university next year may apply.

Applications will be judged based on student essays detailing creative and sustainable solutions to litter problems. They can be submitted either online or by mail.

Don’t mess with Texas is a statewide litter prevention program that encourages Texans to keep their roadways clean. More than half a billion pieces of visible trash accumulate on Texas roadways each year, and Texans ages 16 to 34 are the most likely to litter.

In their essay, students have the opportunity to show how their efforts raise awareness of littering and motivate a new generation of Texans to take pride in their state by putting trash where it belongs.

Need inspiration? Check out videos of the 2015 scholarship winners and their projects!

Download a flyer (PDF, 582kb) to share or post at your school.

Visit DontmesswithTexas.org to learn about the scholarship and how to apply. Need help? Contact scholarships@dontmesswithtexas.org.

Texas Tech University Information

I hope your holiday season is off to a great start! Here are a few important items this month for students:

Red Raider Orientation Registration:

Registration for Red Raider Orientation (RRO) for students entering Texas Tech in the spring or fall of 2016 is now live. RRO is mandatory for all new students and is where course registration occurs. Please encourage your students that have been admitted to Texas Tech to begin this process soon to secure their first choice orientation dates: www.redraiderorientation.ttu.edu


Admitted Student Tasklist:

We've compiled a customized Admitted Student Tasklist that takes students step-by-step through the process of enrolling. Within their customized Tasklist, students can check off each item when they have completed or finished reviewing. Please let your students know about this very important tool! www.admitted.ttu.edu

Scholarship Deadline is February 1st:

The deadline to apply for general scholarships to Texas Tech for next academic year is February 1 at applytexas.org. Students do not need to be admitted before filling out the scholarship application - they simply need to have started the application for admission. Merit scholarships are guaranteed until April 15th. www.scholarships.ttu.edu 

Connect Tech: The visit event for admitted students!

Connect Tech is the exclusive visit event for admitted students. We invite your students that have been accepted to Texas Tech to come and explore their intended major, see their housing options, eat lunch in a dining facility and discover more about the campus. www.admissions.ttu.edu/connect

Counselor Portal:

Remember that you are now able to see student's application materials that may still be outstanding or download a list to reference later through our Counselor Portal. Follow the link above to complete a profile and request access. www.admissions.ttu.edu/counselors


Fun Texas Tech Fact:

Texas Tech hosted the 57th annual Carol of Lights on Tuesday, December 1st. With the flip of a switch, more than 25,000 colored lights will illuminate 13 campus buildings around the historic Memorial Circle, Engineering Key and the Broadway entrance! www.housing.ttu.edu/caroloflights

Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you or any of your students.


Admissions Counselor


Abilene Area Scholarships

Abilene Area Scholarships

(one is for Sweetwater only!)


The Lady Clyde Hooper Scholarship (for Sweetwater High only)

Hazel Nunn Scholarship for a student planning to attend TSTC  - The Nunn Scholarship applications are online at www.cfabilene.org.

Hazel Nunn Scholarship for a student planning to attend HSU –Business classes.

     Abilene Chapter Texas  A&M Club Award  

          Abilene A&M Club    (applications will be available on the Aggie website in January, 2016 with a due date of April 1, 2016)

         The Association of Former Students® | Texas A&M University

         PO Box 884 | Abilene, TX 79604


Abilene Geology Society Scholarship (All Region 14 schools)

Virginia Kiker Hughes Memorial (Vocational/Technical School two yr – Big Country)

Tillie Odam Memorial Scholarship (Specific Health Care Fields – not nursing - Big Country)

West Texas Hereford –Curly Hays Memorial – (Live Stock Exhibitor)

Insurance Company Scholarships

This is information about scholarship opportunities from insurance companies and organizations that could provide an excellent opportunity for high school students. We hope to grow the number of applicants for these scholarships so that more students can make it to college. These scholarships provide students with tens of thousands of dollars for college each year!


    Full details of the scholarships can be found here: http://www.obrella.com/resources/insurance-scholarships/

Community Foundation of Abilene Website Application Instructions


Education is important at the Community Foundation of Abilene! We want to help students from our community pursue their dreams of a college education.  The Foundation is home to over 80 scholarship funds established by individuals, organizations and companies. These funds share the common goal of helping to make a difference in the lives of the students of the Big Country. For most of these scholarships there is an on-line application process.

To explore all of the scholarships we offer, please click here.   (note links will work when you are on website)

Applying Online

Please note that you will need to submit a complete application along with all required documents by the deadline of the scholarship(s) for which you are applying. You will not be able to change responses or upload additional information after a scholarship deadline has passed.

 *The deadline for the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship and the Nancy and Ted Paup Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship is March 1st. Most other scholarship deadlines are April 1st.

  1. Gather required materials
    • School Transcript for uploading.
    • Prepare a list of extracurricular activities, community service, honors, awards, leadership and employment history. You will need to be prepared to provide dates and descriptions.
    • References—Names and email addresses of the references who will write letters of recommendation for you. We strongly encourage you to make personal contact with all references prior to   submitting his or her name on your online application.
  2. Set up an Academic Works account Click here to set up your account. Click the “Sign Up” button in the upper right hand corner. You’ll be prompted to enter your email address and to create a password. Once you submit your information, you’ll receive a reply email granting you access to the General Application. If you don’t see the reply email in your inbox, be sure to check your spam folder.
  3. Fill out the General Application Once you’ve set up your student account, please complete the online General Application.
    • Please answer the questions carefully and thoroughly. The more information you provide, the better your chances of receiving a favorable outcome. Your answers determine your eligibility for all online scholarships at the Community Foundation. If any required questions are not completed, your application will not be considered.
    • You may work on your application over a period of time. You must click the “Save and Keep Editing”  button at least once every 30 minutes to ensure your work is saved.  If you do not click the “Save and Keep Editing” button, the system will time out and all information entered since the last time you saved will be lost.
    • Click the “Finish and Continue” button to submit your completed General Application.  If all required questions have been answered, you will see a green button with a checkmark and you  may proceed to the next step.  If you missed a question, you will be prompted to complete it and resubmit your General Application.
  4. Apply for scholarships After you complete and submit your General Application, click on “View Opportunities” to review the recommended scholarships that match up with the information included in your submitted General Application.  This does not mean that you are qualified to apply for every scholarship listed as a recommended scholarship.  You will note that each recommended scholarship listed has at least one additional question.  Before you apply for a specific scholarship, please review the qualifications and any restrictions to ensure that you qualify.  You will need to complete the additional questions required by each scholarship that you apply for.

NOTE: You will not be able to change responses or upload additional information after the application deadlines.  Deadlines for completion of scholarship packets may vary, so check website.

  1. Manage references and applications Review your Student Account periodically to check the status of your applications and manage your references.  As part of your “opportunity specific” application process, an email is sent to your references with instructions on how they can upload their reference letters.  It is your responsibility to make sure they do it on time.  Click the “Manage References” button to check if your references have uploaded their letters.  You can click the “Resend” button if you’d like to remind them (this sends a second email to the references with instructions).  An application is not complete until all materials are submitted.
  2. Selections and AwardsThe selection process varies depending upon the scholarship.  A few scholarships may require finalists to participate in an interview.  When final selections are made and if you have been selected, you’ll be notified.  If selected you will log on to your Student Account to accept the award.  After you have accepted, you will be asked to fill out an acceptance form and return it as soon as possible. If you don’t receive a notification, check the status of your application on your Student Account.