Gold Star Memorial Scholarship

An anonymous donor established the Gold Star Memorial Scholarship to honor the families of the men and women who sacrificed their lives protecting this country through military service since “9/11”. The symbol of a Gold Star indicates the family members have lost their loved one either during combat or due to accident or illness during active duty. These Gold Stars may be seen on vehicle license tags or hung as a banner in a family’s window. The Gold Star displayed symbolizes the honor and glory granted the soldier for the supreme sacrifice in offering his/her life in service to this country and recognizes the last full measure of devotion and pride of the family in this sacrifice.


  • Graduating senior from Abilene High or Cooper High
  • Member of ROTC
  • Attend a college/university in the United States

Gold Star Memorial Scholarship
$1,500.00 single award
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a member of an ROTC program?
  2. Please submit a 250-300 word essay that describes what ROTC has taught you about patriotism and serving your country.
  3. Provide the name and email address of your ROTC instructor to request an online reference on your behalf.