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Texas Interscholastic League Foundation Scholarships

From 1959-2012, TILF has awarded more than 17,000 scholarships valued at over $26 million. Amounts of scholarships range from $500 for one year to $20,000 for four years. Some scholarships have special requirements or restrictions such as requiring a student to select certain majors, attend specific colleges or universities, or compete in specific contests. Details of all scholarships and their requirements can be found on our website.

Applications may be submitted from March 4 through May 31, 2013, and can be found online at Additional information can be found in the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules, C&CR, Appendix II, or on our website at

All TILF applicants must meet the following requirements:

1) Compete at the state level of competition in UIL Academics, including: Accounting, Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition*, Calculator Applications, Computer Applications, Computer Science, Current Issues and Events, Debate (Cross-Examination* & Lincoln-Douglas), Journalism (Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, Headline Writing & News Writing), Literary Criticism, Mathematics, Number Sense, Latino History Essay Competition*, One-Act Play, Ready Writing, Science, Social Studies, Speech (Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, Informative Speaking & Persuasive Speaking), Spelling & Vocabulary, and Theatrical Design. Exception: Applicants for the TSSEC scholarship do not have to compete in an academic contest, but must have been selected as an outstanding soloist at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Because of the late date of the TSSEC, applicants competing in that contest must complete their applications by June 28, 2013.

*Only Cross-Examination Debate State Meet competitors advancing to the second day elimination rounds as one of the top 16 teams may apply. For students who compete in the Barbara Jordan Historical or Latino History Essay Competition, only state finalists are eligible to apply.

2) Graduate from high school during the current year and begin college or university in Texas by the following fall semester.

3) Attend an accredited college or university in Texas, take a 12 hour per term minimum course load, and maintain a minimum 2.5 college grade point average. (Some donors require a higher GPA and more hours per term.)

4) Submit a complete application, including all supplemental materials (transcript, SAT/ACT scores, letter of recommendation, parents’ 1040 tax form), prior to the deadline.

The TILF applicant should rank high scholastically, preferably in the top 25 percent of their class. The majority of TILF applicants fall in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes, and the majority score 1760 or higher on the SAT or 26 or higher on their ACT scores. This does not mean that students ranking or scoring lower will not receive a scholarship, but their chances may be lessened, according to the years’ applicant pool. Financial need is a consideration by most TILF donors.

Applicants who are graduating under the State of Texas three-year graduation schedule should inform TILF of that fact. Students who are entering the Texas Academy of Math and Science at the University of North Texas in Denton will apply the year they complete their high school requirements at the TAMS.

The awards committee typically meets mid June and all applicants will be notified of their status by late July of the application year.

If you have any questions, please contact: Trudy Richards, TILF Scholarship Coordinator 512-232-4937

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