Foundation Offers East Texas Students Scholarship Opportunities



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East Texas Communities Foundation is currently accepting applications from East Texas students for 48 scholarships. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. March 1, unless noted otherwise. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted online. A student may apply for every scholarship for which he or she meets the eligibility requirements. Applicants should complete a unique application for each scholarship. Detailed eligibility criteria and links to the applications are available under the “Scholarships / Students / Student Guide and Available Scholarships” tab of the ETCF website at www.etcf.org/pages/scholarships/students/student-guide-and-available-scholarships.

Eight­ new scholarships have been established this year:

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.Amount: $5,000.00

R. Don Cowan Music & 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).Amount: $5,000.00

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. Amount: $2,500.00

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. Amount: $500.00, renewable for a total of four years.

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. Amount: $2,500.00, renewable for a total of four years.

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. Amount: $300.00 

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. Amount: $1,000.00

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. Eligible students of all races are encouraged to apply. Amount: $1,250.00, renewable for a total of four years.

Other scholarships being offered this year are:

A.D. and Mary Winston Scholarship: For a Smith County public school graduating senior planning to attend Texas A&M University. Amount: $1,000.00

Adam Carroll Scholarship: For a Grand Saline High School graduating senior who has participated in high school athletics or cheerleading (Van Zandt, Wood or Smith County only). Amount: $500.00 

Alex Fleming Infinity Scholarship: For a graduating senior from Whitehouse High School who has participated in band for four years. Amount: $1,500.00

Allen and Nancy Locklin Scholarship: For graduating seniors from Smith County attending the University of Texas at Tyler. Amount: $2,000 – renewable for a total of 5 years

Art Excellence Scholarship: For art majors, preferably non-traditional students, at the University of Texas at Tyler. Amount: $1,000

Ben and Florine Ramsey Scholarship: For graduating seniors or prior graduates of San Augustine High School. Amount: $750

Betty and Roy Erickson Scholarship: For graduating seniors from East Texas high schools with exceptional SAT/ ACT scores. Amount: $1,000.00

Christopher Lyon Memorial Scholarship: For art majors at the University of Texas at Tyler. Amount: $1,000.00

Citizens 1st Bank/Perkins Family Foundation Scholarship: For children of State of Texas employees who are residents of Cherokee, Nacogdoches or Smith County. Prior recipients may reapply. Amount: $1,000.00

David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Scholarship for Vocational/Technical Study in Medically Related Fields: For East Texas students pursuing a vocational/technical associate’s degree or certificate in a medically related field. Amount: $1,500.00 - renewable for the length of the program

David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Scholarship in Chemistry: For East Texas graduating seniors majoring in chemistry. Amount: $3,000.00 - renewable for a total of 4 years

David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Scholarship in Medicine, Biotechnology, and Veterinary Medicine: For East Texas graduating seniors who plan to major in biology, mathematics, engineering or a related field which will allow them to pursue a career as a doctor, dentist, veterinarian, or biotechnologist. Amount: $3,000.00 - renewable for a total of 4 years

Dr. Elbert H. Caldwell Scholarship: For an East Texas resident wishing to pursue a career in a medically related field, with a preference for nursing. Amount:$2,500.00 - renewable

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. Amount: $5,000.00

East Texas Geological Society Scholarship: For students pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree in geology in the State of Texas. Must be a sophomore, or higher, in college at time of application. Amount: $1,500.00 - renewable for a total of 2 years

Frederick Michael Nachman Scholarship: For graduating seniors from Smith County public and private schools 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. Amount: $1,500.00

Gary Neel Memorial Scholarship: For a Robert E. Lee High School graduating senior who will be attending the University of Texas at Austin. Amount: $3,000.00

Gerald and Charlie Stoker Memorial Scholarship: For a graduating senior from Winnsboro High School. Amount: $500.00

Gladys and Thomas “TB” Stewart Scholarship: For graduating seniors from Smith County and surrounding high schools. Amount: $2,000.00 - renewable for a total of 4 years

Glenn and Vivian Prater Memorial Scholarship: For an Eagle Scout graduated or graduating from a high school in East Texas and Liberty County, TX who has been accepted to or is currently attending Texas A&M University. Amount: $1,000 – renewable for one additional year 

J.L. Gulley, Jr. Texas Tech Scholarship: For a graduating senior or a previous graduate from a high school in East Texas or Quanah, TX who plans to attend Texas Tech University. Amount: $5,000 -renewable for a total of 4 years  

J.M. Braithwaite TJC Nursing Scholarship: For East Texas students pursuing a nursing degree at Tyler Junior College. Amount:$1,000.00 – renewable for the length of the program 

Juliette Low's Amazing Girls Scholarship:For a female student who is a graduating senior from a Smith County high school and is involved in Girl Scouting.Amount: $1,000.00

Kristen and Joey Seeber Scholarship: For a graduating senior from Robert E. Lee High School or John Tyler High School. Amount: $1,000.00

Lauren Lewis Scholarship: For a graduating senior from Robert E. Lee High School or All Saints Episcopal School of Tyler who is accepted to attend Texas A&M University. The deadline for this scholarship is April 1. Amount: $1,000.00

Leslie Reid Memorial Scholarship: For any female graduating senior in Henderson, Smith or Van Zandt county who has participated in horse shows. Amount: $1,000.00

Natural Gas Society of East Texas Scholarship: For State of Texas college students at the undergraduate or graduate level who have declared a major which directly relates to the energy industry. Amount: $1,000.00

Partners in Arts Scholarship: For Smith County graduating seniors planning on pursuing a degree in one of the performing or visual arts. Amount: $1,000.00

Peace Officers and Firefighters Scholarship: For graduating seniors who are the children of an individual currently employed as a Peace Officer or professional Firefighter.Amount: $500.00

Retail Merchants Association Scholarship: For graduating seniors from Smith County and select surrounding high schools who plan to major in business. Amount: $1,000.00

Richard B. and Mary Lou Hamm Scholarship: For Bullard High School graduating seniors planning to attend the University of Texas at Tyler. Amount: $1,000.00 - renewable for a total of 4 years

Sharyland Utilities Scholarship: For a graduating senior from select high schools in Hunt, Collin, and Fannin County, Texas who plans to major in engineering. Amount: $400.00

Sherilyn A. Willis, M.D. Medical Scholarship: For a student attending medical school in the State of Texas. Amount: $500.00

Smith County Baptist Ministers Scholarship: For dependent children of ordained ministers serving congregations that are members of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Prior recipients may reapply. Amount: $1,500.00

Tim King Memorial Scholarship: For a graduating senior from Robert E. Lee H.S. in Tyler who plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in business.Amount: $3,000.00

Texas Rose Festival Scholarship: For a graduating senior at a Smith County high school or a current college student who graduated from a Smith County school. Amount: $500.00

Tyler Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Scholarship: For children of current employees of the City of Tyler Police Department. Prior recipients may reapply. Amount: $1,000.00 

Winifred George Scholarship: For a graduating senior from a Smith County high school attending Abilene Christian University. Amount: $1,000.00 - renewable for a total of 4 years

For more information, please call Mary Lynn Smith at 903.533.0208 or visit www.etcf.org.

About ETCF

East Texas Communities Foundation is a nonprofit corporation serving 32 counties in East Texas. The Foundation distributed $6.8 million in grants in 2016 and currently manages over $81­­­ million in 280 unique charitable funds which support non-profit organizations and student scholarships. The Foundatio­­n celebrated its 25thAnniversary in 2014. It has awarded $62 million in grants and scholarships since its inception. The mission of the Foundation is to support philanthropy by offering simple ways for donors to achieve their long-term charitable goals.

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