enhancing the local community
The THRIVE Amarillo program will invest in the success of Amarillo by providing a better educated and trained workforce through a knowledge-based economy in order to expand and enhance our local economy for future generations. THRIVE Amarillo is more than a scholarship program. It is a community-wide promise to increase student enrollment in post-secondary education. This promise offers our local students the opportunity to use their skills and talents beyond high school and on into college. These achievements will directly impact and improve the health of the Amarillo economy. THRIVE Amarillo provides eligible students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, books and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant and other tuition assistance programs. Students may use the scholarship at Amarillo College for up to 60-hours of course credit.
A Driver of the Local Economy
The THRIVE Amarillo Scholarship program is for all eligible students in all four Amarillo ISD high schools.
- Amarillo High School
- Caprock High School
- Palo Duro High School
- Tascosa High School
The THRVE Amarillo scholarship program is a “last money in” tuition assistance program. This means that all federal and private aid is applied toward the student’s tuition balance prior to any award made by the THRIVE Amarillo Scholarship funds.
THRIVE Amarillo Scholarship funds may only be applied to up to 60-hours of tuition, books and fees at Amarillo College.
Four community partners have committed to investing in the future success of Amarillo by dedicating funds to the THRIVE Amarillo program for the next six years. Those partners include the Amarillo Area Foundation, Amarillo College, Amarillo Independent School District and the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation. Additionally, the Amarillo Area Foundation will continue to seek and accept private funding through its foundation to further support the long term mission of the THRIVE Amarillo program.
Students may apply for funding beginning in the fall/winter of the 2017-2018 school year for funds to be applied toward the 2018-2019 school year.
THRIVE Scholarship program awards tuition assistance for credit obtained only at Amarillo College. This focus is supported by the West Texas A&M University administration, including President Walter Wendler.
In order for students to qualify for the THRIVE Amarillo Scholarship, they must fully meet the eligibility criteria. Those factors include:
- Be enrolled full time in (on or before the last day of school their 9th grade year) and graduate from an AISD high school ; reside within the northernmost 26 county area of the Panhandle and transfer (on or before the last day of school of their 9th grade year) into, attend and graduate from an AISD high school; from outside the 26 county area, transfer into, attend full time, and graduate from an AISD high school (at any time); or transfer into, attend full time, and graduate from an AISD high school (at any time) due to a parent accepting a job related to an active AEDC Location Incentive. Students enrolled in North Heights Alternative School as a full-time student in the Providing Academic Success for Students (PASS) program are not eligible to be a Thrive Scholar. Students attending Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning (AACAL) who are still enrolled in and graduate from a District high school are eligible to be a Thrive Scholar, if all other qualifying requirements are met.
- Each partner will appoint a designee to meet collectively to consider any eligibility issue that may arise.
- Maintain continuous enrollment through graduation from an AISD high school once eligible enrollment in AISD is established.
- Earn a final grade point average of 80 or higher on a 100-point scale or meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college readiness standards in reading, writing and math as set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, if graduating in the Class of 2018, 2019 or 2020. Students graduating in the Class of 2021 or later must meet TSI college readiness standards in reading, writing and math as set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
- Meet the State of Texas compulsory attendance requirements.
- Not be expelled or placed in mandatory long-term Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP).
- Be eligible to apply for and receive federal financial aid.
- Apply for financial aid (including FAFSA completion), admissions, and scholarships at AC before the first class day. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application must be renewed every year.
- Maintain minimum requirements while in college. After a student’s first semester on the Scholarship, eligibility for the Scholarship will continue for subsequent semesters, a student must maintain “good academic standing” as defined by AC.
An investment in amarillo
The THRIVE Amarillo Scholarship Program will be available to eligible students for the 2018-2019 school year. If you have questions or would like to speak with someone to learn more about the scholarship, student eligibility and the greater community investment in Amarillo, please contact us and someone will be in contact with you shortly.