Jean and Curly Hays Scholarship

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 involved with numerous civic and cultural organizations in Abilene including The Grace Museum, the Woman’s Club, and Alliance for Women and Children. .Her late husband, Curly Hays, was the farm and ranch representative for West Texas Utilities. His work with 4-H, stock shows and local football touched many young lives.


  • Must be a junior or senior in college or be a college graduate student
  • Must be a Taylor County high school graduate who is currently enrolled in college or a returning college student
  • Taking at least 8 semester hours or 6 semester hours for graduate program
  • Applicant should be a participant in community activities

Jean and Curly Hays Scholarship Fund
$2,500.00 per recipient, renewable for 2 yrs
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you an alumni from aTaylor County high school?
  2. Will you be at least a junior or senior in college or are you going to be a graduate student next semester?
  3. How many hours do you intend to take in the upcoming academic semester?
  4. Please provide a 250-300 word essay that responds to the following: Discuss your educational plans as they relate to you personally and to your career goals. Include motivating factors or important experiences which have helped to shape your personal philosophy and/or your educational plan/career goals. Include information that reflects your commitment to family, friends and the greater community.
  5. Provide the name and email address of an adult who knows your character and is willing to submit an online reference on your behalf (No relatives).