Celebrating Texas Public Schools Scholarship
This Scholarship is for graduating seniors who can use their voice and visual media (i.e. video) to share how their public school education has impacted their future. The goal of this Scholarship is to highlight the “Great Things Happening in Texas Public Schools” from the student’s perspective.
This year Friends will award one graduate with its scholarship for a student joining the workforce, continuing education through trade schools/military or other forms of post-secondary training, as well as a college-bound graduate.
Deadline Submission: September 20th
Notify winner: November 5th
Award Presentation: at Friends Gala on 11/17 in Waco, Texas
Format: Accessible link to a video posted on the platform of their choice (i.e. YouTube)
Those interested in applying for the scholarship must do the following:
How to enter:
1. Complete an application (ONLINE) include how the money will be used for the students' future/help achieve my goals, including approval to use video/presentation, the link for presentation, demographic, upload letter docs.
2. Submit a video/multimedia presentation 2 minutes or less, regarding how public schools impacted your life/career choice and prepared you to meet your future goals. (use your platform of choice and send us a link to video )
3. Submit one letter from teachers related to the student’s work in school
4. Submit one letter from a guidance counselor, principal, vice-principal, or superintendent regarding the student’s plans after graduation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for the “Celebrating Texas Public Schools” Scholarship?
Any graduating senior from a Friends of Texas Public Schools Network school district.
Are there any limits on how many scholarship applications may be submitted by a school district?
Yes. A school district may submit no more than 3 scholarship applications.
Are there any other stipulations?
Yes. A student must agree to attend the Friends of Texas Public Schools Gala held November 18, 2020, in Waco to personally receive the recognition. Friends of Texas Public Schools will pay reasonable travel accommodations.
Are there any reporting requirements? (how can the funds be used)
Depending on the planned use of funds, Friends reserves the right to request certain documents to insure the funds are spent according to the plan.
Are their restrictions on how the award can be used?
No. The purpose of this award is to assist the winner in starting their future after high school.
What is the amount of the award?
The award amount for 2021 is $2,500.00, there will be ONE award for a student joining the workforce, continuing education through trade schools, or other forms of post-secondary training as well as college-bound graduate.
Are there any other requirements?
Yes. The winners will be required to submit a picture that will be used in our program and other media.
View former winning video submissions here for an idea of what the selection team was looking for: https://youtu.be/oXteG1WbxKw