Scholarship Donor Guide


The Amarillo Area Foundation manages scholarship funds designed to serve aspiring students in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle to receive a postsecondary degree. The Foundation’s staff can help you set up a scholarship fund to best suit your philanthropic goals. Since establishing the first scholarship fund in 1980, the Foundation has awarded nearly $5 million in scholarships.


Scholarship funds may be established as endowed or non-endowed.

Endowed Funds

may be established with a minimum contribution of $25,000. With an endowed fund, only the interest income earned may be used to award scholarships annually.

non Endowed Funds

may be established with a minimum contribution of $10,000. With a non-endowed scholarship, both the interest and principal can be used to award scholarships annually.

The first scholarship award from any newly established scholarship fund will be made no earlier than one year following establishment and full funding of the fund. The minimum scholarship award from any scholarship fund is $1,000 per year. Scholarship awards are paid directly to the institution where the student is enrolled and may be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses that comprise a specified program of study or degree plan, or for room and board expenses not to exceed the student’s cost of attendance, which is determined by the institution’s financial aid office.


The Scholarship Fund must maintain a minimum balance not less than $25,000 for an endowed fund or $10,000 for non endowed fund; scholarships will not be awarded in any year that the fund balance falls below the minimum.

The Foundation will close the Scholarship Fund and transfer the balance into the Texas Panhandle General Scholarship Fund when:

  • A fund falls below 50% of the minimum required balance ($12,500 for endowed or $5,000 for non endowed) and there is no intent by the donor to contribute a new or planned gift to offset the decline;
  • Circumstances prevent fulfillment of the donor’s charitable intent for three consecutive years and the donor elects not to amend the selection criteria to allow a broader pool of applicants.


The Foundation has an online general application form, which all newly established funds must use. The form is accessible through the Foundation’s website at from mid-November through the application deadline, which is generally mid-February of each year.

All applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents and must reside within the Foundation’s service area or the geographic area specified by the Scholarship Fund Agreement. Recipients will be selected on an objective and non-discriminatory basis.

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