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 Seymour and graduated from Hamlin High School. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as a P-38 pilot. After the war, he attended Teas Tech. Upon graduation, he moved to Abilene where he became an independent geologist. Ruth Crowson Burton was born in Amarillo, but lived in Abilene all her life. A graduate of Abilene High, she was editor of the AHS newspaper, The Battery. Ruth and Bill were introduced to each other by Bill’s younger sister; they married in 1947. Ruth attended Hardin-Simmons where she received her B.A. and M.A. in English. She taught at Madison Junior High where she sponsored the Madison Messenger and started Sagebrush Scribbles, a student literary magazine.


  • Available to Abilene ISD seniors or alumni who have a desire to continue their education
  • Attended an Abilene ISD school your junior and senior years
  • Maintaianed a minum GPA of 3.2 to 3.4
  • Planning to attend or enrolled in a junior college, technical/vocational school or college/university in the United States

Ruth and Bill Burton Memorial Scholarship
Award Amount Varies
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a graduating senior of Abilene High or Cooper High who has been enrolled a minimum of two years at your respective High School?
  2. If you are already enrolled, list all college hours and gpa attained.
  3. Can you make yourself available for an interview with the scholarship committee if requested?
  4. Please provide an essay that discusses the following subjects (250-300 words): Why do you want to go to college and how would this award impact your ability to attend? What do you hope to accomplish with your life? What are your career interests/goals and what has motivated you toward them? Feel free to disclose a major obstacle in your life that you have overcome.
  5. Provide the name and email address of a teacher/professor who knows your character and is willing to submit an online reference on your behalf (No relatives).
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