This scholarship was established by Senator Teel Bivins in 1999. The scholarship is for graduating high school seniors located within Senate District 31 who wish to pursue a degree and teacher certification in education.
While serving as the President Pro Tempore of the Texas State Senate during the 76th Legislative Session, Senator Bivins declined the opportunity to serve as "Governor for a Day," requiring that he preside over a traditional celebration in which his friends and colleagues would have spent their own funds participating in the travel and expense of the celebration; and opted instead to establish the scholarship fund in hopes that his friends would contribute to the scholarship fund and "benefit the school children of Texas by educating the classroom teachers of tomorrow." Senator Bivins made the first contribution to the fund and friends and family statewide also contributed.
A) Applicant must be a graduating high school senior located within Senate District 31 (Counties: Bailey, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Gray, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Andrews, Cochran, Ector, Gaines, Midland, Winkler and Yoakum);
B) Be enrolled in the Honors Advanced Placement Curriculum (dual credit courses do not count);
C) Maintain a cumulative high school GPA of 85 (3.4 on a 4.0 scale); and
D) Exhibit leadership qualities and community service involvement.
A) Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF) General Scholarship Application online at aaf.spectrumportal.net
B) Applicants will be required to answer additional questions as part of the application process: Provide a list of all Honors and Advanced Placement courses taken to date. All information will be verified by your transcript.
AAF Scholarship Selection Committee
$500/semester for up to 2 semesters
*Each semester's payment is contingent upon meeting the following:
A) Recipient must attend college the fall semester immediately following selection;
B) Maintain full-time student status (typically 12 credit hours/semester for undergraduate studies);
C) Maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA while in college; and
D) Attend any accredited Texas college/university and major in the field of Education.