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Abilene Alumnae Panhellenic Association - Missy Bridwell Memorial Scholarship

Abilene Alumnae Panhellenic Association - Missy Bridwell Memorial Scholarship

The Abilene Chapter of the National Alumnae Panhellenic Association established the scholarship in memory of Missy Bridwell.

Abilene Founder Lions Club-A.E. Wells

Abilene Founder Lions Club-A.E. Wells

The Abilene Founder Lions Club established this scholarship in 1975 in honor of A. E. “Poly” Wells. Mr. Wells was a prominent Abilene educator, civic leader, and long-time member of the Abilene Founder Lions Club. He was the superintendent of the Abilene Independent...

Abilene Founder Lions Club - Randell and Evangeline Watkins Scholarship

Abilene Founder Lions Club - Randell and Evangeline Watkins Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Abilene Founder Lions Club to honor Randell and Evangeline Watkins. Dr. Watkins graduated from North Texas State University in 1929; received his master’s degree in 1934 and doctorate in 1949 from the University of Southern...

Abilene Geological Society

Abilene Geological Society

The objective of the Abilene Geological Society is to promote the sciences of petroleum geology, environmental geology and related technologies in West Central Texas through education and publications to foster the scientific spirit in these fields. The Abilene ...

Ashley and Sara Abel

Ashley and Sara Abel

The Ashley and Sara Abel Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor these two sisters who loved as only sisters can and were best friends too. Ashley Abel (1978 – 2015) and Sara Abel (1983-2003) were talented, artistic and had creative personalities. As...

Barney Popnoe Memorial Scholarship

Barney Popnoe Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created in honor of Mr. Barney Popnoe, an educator, coach and mentor who passed away on November 3, 2013. The scholarship will offer tuition support to applicants graduating from Coleman County High Schools who are pursuing a degree in science....

Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame

Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame

The Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame began as the AISD Hall of Fame in 1988. The AISD Hall of Fame inducted 10 inaugural members, but was disbanded after two years. Then, in 2002, the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame began as an effort to honor the outstanding high...

Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame - Nancy and Ted Paup

Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame - Nancy and Ted Paup

This fund was established by Nancy and Ted Paup in 2011 to award scholarships to students from Abilene High School or Cooper High School and Albany High School since these schools had a significant impact on their lives. “We loved living in Abilene and have great...

Big Country County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship

Big Country County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship

The Big Country County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship Fund (formerly Taylor-Jones-Haskell-Callahan County Medical Society Alliance) was established in the early 1970s as a result of Health Careers Day for students interested in pursuing a career in the medical...

Bob R. Hefner Memorial Scholarship

Bob R. Hefner Memorial Scholarship

The Bob R. Hefner Memorial Scholarship was established by Mr. Hefner prior to his death in June, 2010. Mr. Hefner was a businessman in Coleman, Texas, who wanted to help students attend vocational or technical schools to learn to operate tangible mechanical...

Catherine Aileen Smith-Jones Memorial Scholarship

Catherine Aileen Smith-Jones Memorial Scholarship

Catherine Aileen Smith-Jones (3-20-58 – 6-4-01) Catherine Aileen Smith Jones was born in Norwich, CT to Arthur D. and Frances G. Smith. She grew up in Abilene, graduated from Cooper High School in 1976 and attended college at the University of Texas in Austin. Cathy...

Clack Educational Fund in memory of Tommie and Bobbie Clack

Clack Educational Fund in memory of Tommie and Bobbie Clack

Tommie Clack 1881 – 1989 Bobbie Clack 1884 – 1973 Tommie and Bobbie Clack were born on their parents’ ranch about three miles southeast of Abilene. Their parents, Missouri and Frances Clack, also had five sons and their father supported the family through the...

Doris and Chuck Moser Scholarship

Doris and Chuck Moser Scholarship

Chuck Moser (1917-1995) Doris Moser (1923 – 2012) Chuck Moser was born in Chillicothe, Missouri and went on to play football at the University of Missouri. During his time in the Army Air Corps he met his wife, Doris, and they had two children, Janie and Glenn. ...

Dunagin Family Scholarship

Dunagin Family Scholarship

Randy and Danna Dunagin started Dunagin Transport Company with one truck and one driver back in 1981. As the years have progressed, trucks were added, and today has expanded to six regional truck yards throughout West Central Texas. Randy and Danna’s son, Bo,...

Dunagin Family Scholarship

Dunagin Family Scholarship

Randy and Danna Dunagin started Dunagin Transport Company with one truck and one driver back in 1981. As the years have progressed, trucks were added, and today has expanded to six regional truck yards throughout West Central Texas. Randy and Danna’s son, Bo,...

From Harm to Home Scholarship

From Harm to Home Scholarship

Despite being a new arrival to West Texas in 1995, Dr. Angela Nicolini credits being embraced with open arms by the people of Abilene for the fact that her optometry practice thrived beyond measure. For 16 years she provided eye care for patients in and around Taylor...

Gilbert Cook Memorial Scholarship

Gilbert Cook Memorial Scholarship

This memorial scholarship fund was established to honor Gilbert Cook (1960-2001). Gilbert Cook was born November 7, 1960. He was a devoted husband, loving father and friend to all he came in contact with. His love for kids and others who needed a helping hand led...

Ginny Michelle Ryan Memorial Scholarship

Ginny Michelle Ryan Memorial Scholarship

Ginny Michelle Ryan (1976 – 1993) Ginny Michelle Ryan, the only child of Hal and Nancy Ryan, was born on December 13, 1976 in Quanah, Texas. Ginny attended school at Paducah until the fifth grade, where she was involved in U.I.L. “Story Telling” and 4-H. After the...

Gold Star Memorial Scholarship

Gold Star Memorial Scholarship

An anonymous donor has established this fund to honor the families of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives protecting this country through military service since the events of “9/11”. The symbol of a Gold Star indicates the family members have lost their...

GySgt Robert K. Keller Memorial Scholarship Fund

GySgt Robert K. Keller Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is in memory of GySgt Robert K. Keller (Keith), a Marine who spent his career encouraging young adults to believe they could overcome any obstacles they faced and become leaders. Keith was born April 5, 1977 to Don Keller and Martha Webb Keller in...

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Harold D. Wade Memorial Scholarship

Harold D. Wade spent much of his adult life serving others as a Christian educator. As a first generation college graduate, he believed strongly in the power of education to change lives, and his commitment to Christian education helped transform the lives of...

Haskell County High Schools Scholarship

Haskell County High Schools Scholarship

An anonymous donor has established a scholarship for the high schools in Haskell County (Haskell, Paint Creek, and Rule High Schools)because he wants to provide opportunities for rural area students to receive a college education.

Hazel Nunn Endowed Scholarship for HSU

Hazel Nunn Endowed Scholarship for HSU

Mrs. Hazel Nunn, a long-time resident of Nolan County, Texas, through a bequest from her estate established the Hazel Nunn Endowed Scholarship Funds at the Community Foundation. The recipients of the Nunn Scholarship must be a graduate from a Nolan County high...

Jack Mildren Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Jack Mildren Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Jack Mildren Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by the Cooper High School Class of 1968 in memory of Jack Mildren (1949–2008), a fellow class-mate who was genuinely kind and impartially friendly to all he met and a dramatic high school football...

James Hopper Memorial Scholarship

James Hopper Memorial Scholarship

James Hopper 1969 – 1987 James Pernell Hopper was born on August 30, 1969 to Loyd and Edwina Hopper. James attended school at Talpa-Centennial (which later became part of Panther Creek I.S.D.). He participated in sports, particularly football, basketball, and track...

Janet Parkey Memorial Scholarship

Janet Parkey Memorial Scholarship

Janet Parkey (1942-1997) Janet Grace Parkey was born on January 1, 1942, in Kittanning, Pennsylvania. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in home economics from Oklahoma State University, Janet began her 33 year teaching career. She moved to Abilene in 1979 to...

Jay Hatcher Memorial Scholarship

Jay Hatcher Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, established by the Alumni Association of the Abilene Citizens Police Academy, honors the memory of Abilene police detective Jay Hatcher, who died tragically in a pipeline explosion in Potosi, September, 2000. Jennifer Bray (at the time was...

Jean and Curly Hays Scholarship Fund

Jean and Curly Hays Scholarship Fund

Jean Hays established this scholarship because she feels strongly that higher education is important to a person’s career advancement and increases a person’s awareness of the world around him including local community, civic and cultural needs. Jean continues to be...

Jesse and Bernice Pyeatt Scholarship

Jesse and Bernice Pyeatt Scholarship

Bernice and Jesse Pyeatt met while Jesse was attending ACU to obtain a B.A and Bernice was teaching at ACU. A cousin introduced them. They met in November and married in Lubbock ion April 13, 1947. Jesse’s college studies were interrupted by World War II. He...

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Jim Ward Baseball Scholarship

Jim Ward was born in Pasadena, California. He attended Pasadena High School and Pasadena Junior College. While playing baseball for Pasadena Junior College, he was offered a full athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona in Tucson. With the U of A, Jim...