Applying for a scholarship

Most scholarship funds at ACF benefit graduating seniors of Austin high schools. Recipients are chosen by school counselors, financial aid offices or scholarship selection committees for the fund. Scholarship funds are used to assist students with educational expenses.

Most scholarship applications are made available to students through their high school. However, ACF does provide some applications online.  View applications.

View a list of scholarship funds. For more information about scholarship funds,  Email ACF or call 512.472.4483.

Giving to remember a loved one or to inspire others

You can give to an ACF scholarship fund to help a student pursue his or her educational goals. It's also easy to set up a scholarship fund to honor or inspire someone to pursue a specific field of interest. Get started today and make someone’s educational dreams come true. Here are just a few stories behind ACF scholarship funds.

The Sharad Sood Award Scholarship Fund - This scholarship was established in memory of Sharad Sood. Sharad Sood was born in Austin, Texas on April 12, 1983. He grew up in Westlake and attended Westlake High School. During this time, Sharad played competitive soccer and started all four years on Westlake's Varsity team. He led the team in scoring and was named to Westlake's All-Decade soccer team in 2009. After he graduated from highschool in 2001, Sharad attended Southern Methodist University where he played soccer and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. In 2005, Sharad moved to Washington D.C and worked in corporate sales for two years. Sharad eventually followed his career back to Austin and was a top-seller within his organization at Dell. Dell has created "The Sharad Sood Award" which is awarded to the individual who embodies the spirit, performance and attitude that Sharad brought to work everyday. Donate now.

Eunice & Joe Friedel Graham High School Scholarship - In 1925, Joe Friedel’s life was forever changed when a hunting accident blinded him. Undeterred, Joe and his wife Eunice opened a newsstand on the square where they lived in Graham, TX, and later a confection stand in the Young County Courthouse. This scholarship is created as a perpetual memorial to Eunice and Joe B. Friedel who overcame life’s challenges and lived courageously. The scholarship is awarded to a Graham High School student who overcame adversity—a disability or other challenge, such as cultural barriers or poverty--to reach his or her potential.  Applications are available through the counselors office at Graham High School each Spring.

Pat Pennington Memorial Scholarship - In 1965, Pat C. Pennington joined the athletic pogram at the newly-opened John H. Reagan High SChool where he spent 25 years coaching thousands of young men in basketball, baseball, track and football.  Pat was a member of the football coaching staff in the late 1960s - early 1970s when Reagan won 3 State Championships and he was integral in taking the Raiders to several years of District Championships.  He retired in 1990 and took up his second career--playing golf--before he passed away in 1999.  His family continues to be honored by the calls, cards and letters from former students who communicate their admiration and respect for "Coach" Pennington.  Many say that he played a pivotal role in their lives, teaching them to work hard, be accountable for their actions and do their best no matter what.  The Pennington Scholarship, which is funded by an annual memorial golf tournament, is for Reagan High School graduates and inspires many students who are the first in their family to pursue college. Applications are available through the counselors office at Reagan High School.

Coach Wade Pittsford Memorial Scholarship - Wade Pittsford grew up playing sports with his father coaching. After playing sports as a Bowie High School Bulldog, he eventually became the freshman football coach. In 2003, his life was tragically cut short by a car accident when he was just 28. This scholarship fund was established with memorial donations and is for Bowie High School graduates.  Applications are available through the Bowie High School Football Booster Club.

Aimee Melissa Davis Scholarship - In 1993, Aimee Melissa Davis died at the age of 18 from complications
associated with juvenile diabetes. This fund was established in her memory by her family. It offers scholarships to graduating seniors in Travis & Williamson Counties who are living with insulin-dependent diabetes.  Applications are available through our website or the counselors office on the high school campuses in Travis and Williamson counties.

Stuart Long Scholarship Fund of the SDX Gridiron Association - The purpose of the Fund shall be to provide scholarships to undergraduate journalism students attending Central Texas universities and colleges.  More information is available through Central Texas University and College Departments announcements in the Spring each year.

SoundWave Music Scholarship - The Soundwave Music Scholarship award fund is established by musicians from Suite 709 for graduating seniors from a Travis or Wiliamson County public high school who are accepted into a music program at an accredited undergraduate institution.  Applications are available through our website or the counselors office on the high school campuses in Travis and Williamson counties.

Maxine and Mark Barkan Scholarship - This fund was established to provide a scholarship award to a Zavala Elementary School 5th grader to provide the student to develop into a productive and well-informed citizen. Funds are invested until the recipient reaches college age.  Applicatons are available to 5th grade students at Zavala Elementary through the school office.



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