Most of the scholarship offerings include an application form in a writeable PDF format so the applicant can complete the form online, save to his/her computer and print for submission.
The deadline for most current scholarships is April 1, 2013. Your completed applications and attachments must be postmarked before 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline. In all cases, deliver your completed application by the deadline to the appropriate recipient—the Foundation, high school counselor or another designee.
Guidelines for application preparation
Review criteria for the scholarship prior to preparing an application.
- Submit a separate scholarship application form for each scholarship.
- Print legibly (or type) using black ink.
- Specify the name of the scholarship at the top of the form for each application.
- Complete the application in its entirety.
- Do not include résumés with your application.
Verify where your completed application is to be mailed. If it is to be submitted to the Foundation of Abilene, mail to:
- COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF ABILENE
- P.O. BOX 1001
- ABILENE, TEXAS 79604
- If it’s to be sent to another designee, their name and address will appear on the criteria or application for that scholarship.
- Verify the number of references required for each application submitted.
- If using the applicant reference form, fill in your name at the top of the form, the name of the scholarship for which this reference applies, date and sign the statement at the bottom, and give a form to each person requested to provide a reference.
Ask the person writing your recommendation to send their recommendation to the Community Foundation or other designee prior to a set deadline.
- Please do not use the same two people as a reference, unless the scholarship requires a reference from a specific person, such as golf coach, music teacher, religious leader or science teacher.
- Follow up with providers of references to ensure that they mail the forms in time to meet the deadline.
- Check the essay requirements listed for each scholarship application; some scholarships require an essay on a specific subject.
- If an essay is required, try to tailor the essay to the specific scholarship criteria.
- Sign the essay certifying that it is your original work.
- Submit one copy of your official transcript with each application.
- Reference forms may be mailed separately.
If you need help, contact your high school guidance counselor or the Community Foundation of Abilene at 325-676-3883 or by email.
For information about other scholarships opportunities, please visit the Abilene Education Foundation.