Our Donors

Johnathan Wesley Tschaar Memorial Scholarship

Johnathan Wesley Tschaar Memorial Scholarship

Johnathan Wesley Tschaar (1979 – 1995) Johnathan Wesley Tschaar was an optimistic young man who was actively involved in high school and the community. Some of his particularly outstanding achievements lie in the arena of agriculture. John was a member of the...

Leo and Piney Scott Scholarship

Leo and Piney Scott Scholarship

Reverend Dr. Leo F. and Mrs. Piney R. Scott The Scott’s believe in education and active community involvement. Born February 12, 1933 in Milan County, TX., Leo notably served as the first black city councilman. He was a retired pharmacist and former senior Pastor...

Margaret Wheeler Kennedy Scholarship

Margaret Wheeler Kennedy Scholarship

The Margaret Wheeler Kennedy Scholarship, established by her children, R. Michael Wheeler, Gay Wheeler Gilroy, Susan Wheeler Johnson, and J. Greg Wheeler, honors their mother and her commitment to children, Church and education.

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Marguerite and Ike Chism Scholarship Fund

Marguerite Chism was born in Azle, Tarrant County, Texas on July 23, 1911 and moved with her family to Jones County in 1915 where they lived near Stamford in the Sunny Side Community. She lived there and in Stamford until she married I.M. Chism of Albany on December...

Marie Denham Memorial Scholarship

Marie Denham Memorial Scholarship

Marie Denham (1921-2002) worked with the children of Abilene for 29 years as a class-room teacher, counselor and administrator. She was a counselor at Abilene High School from 1963 to 1977 and served as the Coordinator of Guidance and Counseling for AISD from 1977...

Mary and George Minter Memorial Scholarship

Mary and George Minter Memorial Scholarship

The Mary and George Minter Memorial Scholarship was established by their daughters, Martha Ferguson and Sally Duncan Walls, to honor their parents’ dedication to education and the community of Abilene. Mary Minter was instrumental in establishing the AISD Special...

Mary Bailey Memorial Scholarship

Mary Bailey Memorial Scholarship

Mary Bailey worked as a teacher’s aide, secretary, and bookkeeper for the Cisco Independent School District for over 30 years, retiring in 2011. A native of Carbon, Texas, Mrs. Bailey married Eastland County Judge Scott Bailey in 1965 and they made their home in...

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McClellan "Think On" Memorial Scholarship

The McClellan “Think On” Memorial Scholarship was established by brothers Russell and Stan McClellan to honor the memory of their parents, Billy Lynn McClellan and Joy Goodman McClellan, as well as the many relatives and ancestors who bear the name of the ancient...

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McMahon, Surovik, Suttle, PC Scholarship

During its existence of over 100 years , McMahon, Surovik, Suttle, PC has earned a distinguished reputation for service to the citizens and business community of Abilene, the Big Country, and West Central Texas. The firm has established this scholarship to honor...

Nicholas Whitaker Memorial Scholarship

Nicholas Whitaker Memorial Scholarship

Nicholas Whitaker (1983-2004) Nicholas Whitaker was a compassionate young man who cared deeply about his friends and family. Nick was born in Austin, Texas to Bit and Bill Whitaker. He attended Wylie High School where he was very active in sports, theatre, choir...

Norman and Barbara Smart Memorial Scholarship

Norman and Barbara Smart Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2005 from the estate of Norman and Barbara Smart in compliance with their wishes that a scholarship be made available to the nursing staff of Abilene Regional Medical Center. Norman and Barbara wanted to show their appreciation to...

Petroleum Club of Houston

Petroleum Club of Houston

The Petroleum Club of Houston established this scholarship to provide children and grandchildren of its current full-time employees (30 hours per week) with at least one year tenure.

Randy Polk Memorial Scholarship

Randy Polk Memorial Scholarship

Travis Randel (Randy) Polk was born in 1959 in Lubbock, Texas. He attended high school in Garden City, Kansas where he excelled in academics, athletics, fine arts and student service. Randy was a member of the National Honor Society, played football, played the...

R.C. and Elizabeth Hoppe Memorial Scholarship

R.C. and Elizabeth Hoppe Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of R.C. and Elizabeth Hoppe, leaders of the early Abilene community, who were vitally interested in education. Robert C. and Elizabeth Hoppe (1905-1980) and (1909 – 1996) Robert and Elizabeth Hoppe were integral...

Rentech Boiler Systems, Inc.

Rentech Boiler Systems, Inc.

This fund was established by Rentech Boiler Systems, Inc. to provide scholarship opportunities to the children of its current employees. The employee in question must have been employed for at least two consecutive years by Rentech Boiler Systems, Inc. at any of its...

Rodney Holder Memorial Scholarship

Rodney Holder Memorial Scholarship

Rodney Holder was born April 18, 1960, (Auburn, Alabama,) and moved to Abilene at age 3. Rodney lived a life of service. He was a 28-year police veteran, having graduated from Police Academy in 1982 and was named one of two officers in the motorcycle patrol...

Ross Jones Memorial Scholarship

Ross Jones Memorial Scholarship

Ross William Whyte Jones was born in Abilene, Texas on January 7, 1986 to William F. “Sonny” and Cynthia “Cindy” Jones. He attended Austin Elementary, Madison Middle School and Cooper High School. He was a member of the Cooper Freshman Football Team. He excelled...

Ruth and Bill Burton Memorial Scholarship

Ruth and Bill Burton Memorial Scholarship

The Ruth and Bill Burton Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by their daughter, Shellie B. Evans, in their memory. Ruth and Bill Burton were both West Texans who knew how to live in honor of their church and their community. Bill Burton was born in 1923 in...

Sheriff John Middleton Memorial Scholarship

Sheriff John Middleton Memorial Scholarship

Friends of the late Sheriff John Middleton established this fund to honor the Sheriff who passed away on September 21, 1991. John Middleton graduated from Ballinger High School and served in the United States Army for two years. He joined the Taylor County Sheriff’s...

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The Senora Stacy Horton Sanchez Scholarship

Stacy Horton Sanchez loved art and she loved people. She was an encourager to all and believed that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their highest potential. As an art teacher at Wylie High School, Stacy wanted all of her students to succeed and find...

Tillie Odam Memorial Scholarship

Tillie Odam Memorial Scholarship

Tillie Odam (1910 – 1996) Mrs. Eloise “Tillie” Odam was born on April 20, 1910 on her parents’ ranch near Pecos, Texas. In 1914 she moved to Abilene with her parents, George and Ethel Morris. She graduated from Abilene High School in 1927. The following year,...

Todd Moore Memorial Golf Scholarship

Todd Moore Memorial Golf Scholarship

Todd Moore (1966 – 1990) Todd Moore was an optimistic young man who was as passionate about golf as he was about life. With the support of his parents, Wayne and Reba Moore, Todd learned golf as a child and considered it a life-long interest. Todd’s passion for the...

Virginia Kiker Hughes

Virginia Kiker Hughes

The Virginia Kiker Hughes Memorial Scholarship, established by Bill and Sherry Kiker in loving memory of their aunt, honors her productive life filled with joy and vitality. Virginia loved being with her large family at their ranch in Silver Valley near Coleman as...

Wes-Tex Drilling/Bob Cockrell Memorial Scholarship

Wes-Tex Drilling/Bob Cockrell Memorial Scholarship

Robert (Bob) Benjamin Cockrell (1921 – 1979) The Wes-Tex Drilling / Bob Cockrell Memorial Scholarship was established by Myrle Greathouse to honor the memory of Bob Cockrell, founder of Wes-Tex Drilling in 1954. Myrle Greathouse became Bob’s partner in the business...

West Texas Hereford / Curly Hays Memorial Scholarship

West Texas Hereford / Curly Hays Memorial Scholarship

Curly Hays, late husband of Jean Hays, died in 1987. Curly was the farm and ranch representative for West Texas Utilities. His work with 4-H, stock shows and local football touched many young lives. Because of his agriculture ties, the West Texas Hereford...

Zach Moore Memorial Scholarship

Zach Moore Memorial Scholarship

The Zach Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by his family to honor the memory of Zach Moore, a Panther Creek student who died in June, 1992, due to an accident at a railroad crossing in Coleman, Texas. Zach Moore was a musician. Motivated by the...

Zach Robinson Memorial Scholarship

Zach Robinson Memorial Scholarship

Zach Robinson (1986 – 2006) Zach Robinson was born on March 24, 1986 in Abilene, Texas to Matt and Paige Robinson. He was a member of the Cooper High golf team before graduating in 2004. Zach was always ready for a round of golf with friends. Another sport he loved...