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Most scholarships have eligibility criteria such as graduating from a high school in a certain county, planning to major in a specific course of study, attending a particular college or university. or participating in a designated extracurricular activity. You must meet all stated criteria to be eligible. Eligibility criteria is listed in summary form on the User Friendly Scholarship Chart and in more detail under the Student Guide and Available Scholarships

All applications are required to be completed online. Access the application via the “Access Application” link found in each scholarship explanation, on the available scholarships tab.

Yes. You must submit an application for each unique scholarship.

Yes. Each scholarship committee is different and selects the best candidates within the pool of applicants available to them. If you are a strong candidate, it is possible you will be selected for multiple awards.

Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood.

Public and private schools located in Arp, Bullard, Chapel Hill, Lindale, Troup, Tyler, Whitehouse, and Winona are Smith County schools. Students residing in Smith County and within the Van ISD and Gladewater ISD boundaries are also eligible.

Homeschool students may apply as private school students, assuming they meet all other eligibility criteria. Be aware that a reference from a teacher with direct classroom experience may be required and references from relatives are not allowed.

Google Chrome is the recommended browser. Whichever browser you are using must be one of the two most recent versions.

No. The entire application should be submitted electronically. Simply scan the document, save it as a file, and attach that file to the application where requested. If you have multiple transcripts, please save in a single file.

No. Only attach the requested documents. If you have more extracurricular activities or community service than space allows, include those activities most important to you in the space provided. You should be able to copy and paste from a Word document into the application.


The deadline for references is the same for the application. Students will want to request references early in the process as applications CANNOT be submitted until references have been received by ETCF.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is used by colleges and universities to determine the amount and type of financial aid awarded to students annually. Complete the free application at The amount your family is able to pay for school, the Expected Family Contribution or EFC, will be determined and reported to you. The EFC amount is required on all East Texas Communities Foundation need-based scholarship applications. Helpful resources related to filing the FAFSA can be found at and and and

While the U.S. Department of Education encourages filing the FAFSA online––due to a lower error rate and faster processing time––a paper version is available by calling (800) 433-3242. You may request up to three forms. In addition, a PDF version of the FAFSA will be available at From there you can access the PDF, complete the form by computer or hand, and mail it to the address provided for processing.

Recipients will be notified by mail in April. Applicants not awarded a scholarship will be notified by e-mail.

No. College scholarship payments are mailed directly to the school’s financial aid office. Your scholarship check will be made payable to the accredited, educational institution you are attending.