Applications for WCJC Endowment Awards for Academic Year 2020-2021 will open in Spring 2020 and will be available from a link on this page.
The Rachel Haden Abshier Memorial Scholarship has been endowed by Mrs. Priscilla Sliva, daughter of Rachel Haden Abshier, her family, and friends. Income from the fund will provide a scholarship to a Wharton High School graduate majoring in nursing at Wharton County Junior College.
The Sol and Betty Alpard Endowment Scholarship Fund was established in January, 1983. The proceeds are used to assist students based upon need and ability to profit from a college education.
The American Association of University Women Scholarship was established in July, 1973. It is awarded to a female student on the basis of need and scholastic ability. Freshman and sophomore students are eligible for the scholarship.
The Don Baylor Memorial Chemistry Scholarship was established by Mrs. Don Baylor and Mr. Jack Brannon in memory of Mr. Don Baylor, a long-time chemistry teacher at Wharton County Junior College. The amount of the scholarship is up to $400 per semester. Need, scholastic ability, and potential to profit from a college education are the bases upon which the award is made.
The Virgie and W. H. Blaylock Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Virgie C. Krueger Blaylock as a memorial to her late husband, W. H. Blaylock. The income from this endowment is used to provide scholarships to high-school graduates from Jackson, Matagorda, and Wharton counties.
The C. Francis Bowie and May Shelmire-Duncan Memorial Scholarship was endowed by Mr. and Mrs. G. Cameron Duncan, Sr.; their sons, G. Cameron Duncan, Jr. and Francis Bowie Duncan; and their daughters, May S. Duncan and Genevieve L. Duncan to honor their parents and grandparents, Mr. Francis Bowie Duncan and Mrs. May Shelmire-Duncan. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan were pioneer ranchers and cattle breeders in Wharton County near the town of Egypt. The permanent endowment provides annual scholarship assistance to students from the Egypt area selected by the Wharton County Junior College Scholarship Committee.
The Melissa Chambers Scholarship Fund was endowed by donations from family and friends. Income from the fund provides one scholarship annually to qualified students.
The L. E. Colton Scholarship was established by the late Mr. L. E. Colton, former owner of Wharton Electric and Plumbing Company. Since 1960, this endowment has made scholarships available to residents of the Wharton County Junior College District. Need and ability to profit from a college education are the bases upon which the awards are made.
The Del Papa Distributing Company College Endowment was established in 2010 to commemorate the company’s 100th year of business. Del Papa Distributing, founded in 1910, first opened its doors in Galveston, Texas, and now serves 17 counties along the Texas Gulf Coast. The purpose of this endowment is to give back to the communities who have helped in the success of the business over its 100 year history.
The Fine Arts scholarship Fund was established through the generous donations of supporters of the arts.The amount of each scholarship will be up to $500 per semester.This award is made on the basis of talent in the fields of drama, forensics, and music.
The H.O. Galloway Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends in memory of Mr. H. O. Galloway, a long-time agriculture instructor at Wharton County Junior College. Proceeds from the endowment are used to fund a scholarship for a deserving agriculture student.
The T. Gordon Endowment Scholarship was established in November, 1963 by Mr. Toby Gordon, who was interested in providing financial aid to deserving students. Under the terms of the endowment, interest from $1,000 is used annually for a scholarship. This scholarship is open to either freshman or sophomore students.
The Harold Hansen Endowment Scholarship was established in 1982, and the proceeds are used to assist students based upon need and ability to profit from a college education.
The Chester Harris Endowment Scholarship was established in 1983, and the proceeds are used to assist students based upon need and ability to profit from a college education.
The Anna Harrison Scholarship Fund has been endowed by donations from Dental Hygiene alumni in honor of Anna T. Harrison.The recipient must be a Dental Hygiene student and will be selected by the Dental Hygiene faculty according to financial need.
The W.C. Hastings Family Scholarship was endowed by Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Hastings and their sons, Robert C. and William
L. Hastings. Income from the fund provides three scholarships annually to qualified
students in vocational nursing, pre-pharmacy, associate degree nursing, or other
The Charles Hermansen Memorial Scholarship was established in January, 1985. The proceeds are used to assist students who are graduates of El Campo High School based upon need and ability to profit from a college education. The scholarship is awarded by El Campo High School.
The Mary Jo Hlavinka Scholarship was established in 1991 and is awarded to a music major who has completed the freshman curriculum at Wharton County Junior College. The scholarship is based on talent, attitude, extent of participation in college concerts, and grade-point average.
The M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 by the trustees of the M. G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation of Wharton. The proceeds of this permanent endowment are used each year to provide scholarship support to students enrolled in medically related programs at the college. Applications are made to the Director of Financial Aid, and scholarship recipients are named by the WCJC Scholarship Committee.
The Harris and Eliza Kempner Scholarship was established in 1988, and the proceeds are used to assist students based upon need and ability to profit from a college education.
The Minnie Koons Endowment Scholarship was established in 1985, and the proceeds are used to assist students based upon need and ability to profit from a college education.
The Julius LaDieu Industrial Trades Scholarship was established in 1988 by Lucy LaDieu and friends, and the proceeds are used to assist students in the industrial trades based upon need and ability to profit from a college education.
The Lucy Macha LaDieu Endowed Scholarship for Women in Business Vocations was established to assist women who reside in the WCJC taxing district, who desire a career in a business-related discipline, who need additional financial assistance, and who desire to earn the associate in applied science degree.
The Linnie Leroux Endowment Scholarship Fund was established in April 1983 with $5,000 (with interest earned) bequeathed to the college for the purpose of providing scholarships to needy individuals seeking to enter Wharton County Junior College.
The Wilma Mason Memorial Scholarship was endowed by Mr. E. O. Mason and friends in memory of his wife and their esteemed friend, Mrs. Wilma Mason, to provide scholarship assistance to students in a nursing program.
The William R. McAllister Memorial Scholarship was established in December 1993 in memory of Dr. William R. McAllister by his many friends, students, and family. Dr. McAllister was a respected scholar in his field of study and admired by all who knew him. The income from this endowment is used to assist students based upon need and scholastic ability.
The Irving Moore, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 by the Trustees of the M. G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation. Recipients must attend the college's main campus in Wharton.
The Wharton County Junior College Music Major Scholarship can be awarded to any student who auditions successfully for the Wharton County Junior College Pioneer Band and enrolls in the college as a full time music major.The scholarship is awarded to a student that shows exceptional potential musically and academically.
The Jessie L. Myatt and Minnie Mae Myatt Endowment Fund. An endowment of $50,000 was given to the college in February 1983. The interest earned from the cash contribution is used to provide assistance to deserving students who reside within the Wharton County Junior College District and who have attained a 2.0 or better GPA or is used to purchase instructional program equipment. The specific disposition of the fund is determined by a committee appointed by Minnie Mae Myatt.
The Frances A. Nelson Scholarship was established in December 1987, and the proceeds are used to assist students based upon need and ability to profit from a college education.
The Ney / Arnold Memorial Scholarship was established in 2003 by Kenneth and Betsy Arnold Cates in honor of her parents, Samuel E. "Hank" Arnold and Kitty Belle Ney Arnold. It is available to Eagle Lake residents who are Riche High School graduates.
The George H. Northington, Sr. Scholarship was established in 1961 in memory of one of Wharton County's pioneer settlers-George H. Northington, Sr., of Egypt, Texas. A gift of $4,000 was given anonymously by "one who benefited from Mr. Northington's help and encouragement." Income from the gift is used to pay tuition and fees for as many male students as possible who reside in Wharton and Colorado counties.
The Jerald W. and Anne K. Obenhaus Endowment Scholarship was established in 1982 in memory of Jerald W. and Anne K. Obenhaus of Bonus, Texas, by family members. This scholarship is available to high-school graduates on the basis of need and scholastic ability to profit from a college education. Recipients must reside in Wharton or Colorado counties. Application should be made to the Obenhaus Scholarship Fund, Box 433, East Bernard, Texas 77435.
The Phillips-Hartmann Scholarship was established in 1993 and is used to assist a graduate of Lamar Consolidated ISD based upon need, scholastic standing, and the ability to profit from a college education.
The J. R. Peace Endowment Scholarship was established in December 1966. Earnings from the endowment fund are used for a scholarship in the amount of $50 per semester for a sophomore student in a vocational-technical program.
The Frankie/Pickett Scholarship was established by donations from former members and friends of Wharton County Junior College’s athletic programs under coaches Johnnie Frankie and Tom Pickett.The income from this endowment is used to provide scholarships to members of Wharton County Junior College’s athletic programs.
The Miriam Russ Powell Scholarship was established by her family in her memory. Mrs. Powell was a dedicated teacher with the Wharton Independent School District. Recipients are selected by the WCJC Scholarship Committee.
The Danny Preston Memorial Scholarship was established by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. V. M. Preston. The award is made to a graduate of Wharton High School on the basis of need and ability to profit from a college education. The recipient is selected by the high-school principal and/or counselor. The amount of the scholarship is $100 per year.
The Betty and Lowell Raun Endowment Scholarship was established in January 1988, and the proceeds are used to assist students based upon need and ability to profit from a college education.
The Mary Ann Rider Roades Memorial Scholarship has been endowed by her husband of 54 years, Edgar Roades. Mary Ann graduated from Boling High School in 1947, and enrolled at Wharton County Junior College. There she met Edgar Roades a graduate of El Campo High School. Mary Ann was an outstanding student and became a member of the newly organized Zeta Xi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa fraternity of WCJC in February, 1948. Not only was Mary Ann an outstanding student she was an outstanding person who was always full of love for her God, family and friends. A compassionate and generous person she was always available to provide assistance to anyone who needed her. Income from this endowment will provide assistance annually to at least one graduate from Boling High School, and at least one graduate from El Campo High School.
The C. H. "Ham" Rugeley Nursing Fund was established by donations of $4,000 in 1982. The interest earned is used to provide assistance for a nursing major (LVN or ADN) showing financial need and scholastic ability. Other conditions apply.
The J. Daniel Schuhmann Endowment Scholarship was established in 1988, and the proceeds are used to assist students based upon need and ability to profit from a college education.
The Maner Stafford Endowment Scholarship was first awarded as a scholarship in the fall of 1969 by Mr. and Mrs. Maner Stafford of Wharton. In 1979, the scholarship was altered to become a permanent endowment, establishing regular income to be used for scholarships. Selection of recipients is made each year by the WCJC Scholarship Committee.
The Guy F. Stovall, Sr. Memorial Scholarship awards two scholarships that were established by Mrs. Guy F. Stovall, Sr., and Mr. Guy F. Stovall, Jr. in memory of Mr. Guy F. Stovall, Sr. The amount of each scholarship is $300 per year. Need and ability to profit from a college education are the bases upon which the awards are made.
The Florence M. Trull Memorial Scholarship Fund was endowed by The Trull Foundation of Palacios and by Robert B. Trull, Margaret S. Trull, Jean Trull Herlin, Gladys Trull Brooking, and Laura Trull Shiflett to honor their mother, Florence Margaret Roberson Trull. Mrs. Trull was born in Kingman, Kansas, on August 7, 1888. After graduating from Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas, she married B. W. Trull and moved to Texas. They lived first in Midfield, then in Palacios on the Texas Gulf Coast. The Trulls were active in banking, farming, real estate, and mineral interests. Mr. Trull died in 1957; and Mrs. Trull passed away on December 13, 1984, after a short illness. Always a compassionate and generous person, Mrs. Trull, together with her children, established The Trull Foundation in 1967 for religious, charitable, and educational purposes.
The Joe Mike Valenta and Becky Valenta Rolf Endowment Scholarship Fund was established in January 1977 in memory of Joe Mike Valenta. Income from the endowment is used to provide assistance to at least two students annually from the Boling Independent School District. Recipients are selected by the WCJC Scholarship Committee.
The Dr. Ronald W. and Sally S. Vardy Scholarship is awarded to students who are in good academic standing with the college, have sophomore level standing (30 credit hours or more) and have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 at WCJC. Each semester two (2) scholarships are awarded on a one time basis (no renewal or continuation) in the amount of $500.
The W. W. Wendtland Scholarship in Music has been endowed by Dr. William W. Wendtland and his mother, Mrs. Lillie W. Wendtland to encourage and support the study of music at Wharton County Junior College.Dr. Wendtland was band director for the college from Fall 1968 through Spring 1978 and was an inspiration to all who participated in his music program.The permanent endowment provides annual scholarship assistance to students of music WCJC scholarship committee.Recipients may receive this scholarship for a maximum of four consecutive semesters provided they remain in good academic standing.
The Nancy Stephens Woodson Memorial endowment Scholarship was established by the family of Nancy Stephens Woodson in 1998 and is awarded to one or more theatre students each year. Recipients are chosen by a committee from the WCJC Speech and Drama Department.
Valedictorian Scholarship. The Wharton County Junior College Board of Trustees offers to the highest ranking graduate of every fully accredited high school in Texas a tuition exemption each semester of the freshman year. The superintendent or principal of the high school must certify the name of the honor graduate to the Texas Education Agency. Application is not necessary.
The Wharton Business and Professional Women’s Club Fund was established in 1997.The proceeds of this permanent endowment are sued to provide a scholarship to students in financial need and with educational potential.
The Wharton County Junior College Alumni Association Scholarship, in the amount of $600.00, was established by the Wharton County Junior College Alumni Association in 1993. It provides annual scholarship assistance to students who will benefit from a college education. Selection of scholarship recipient(s) is made by the Wharton County Junior College Alumni Association Scholarship Awards Committee appointed by the Association's Board of Directors. Award of scholarship assistance is made without regard for race, color, creed, sex, or handicap. Applicants must use an Alumni Scholarship Form that may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office or the Alumni Office, both located on the Wharton campus.
The Wharton County Junior College Alumni Association Memorial and Honorarium Scholarships were established in 1998 in recognition of people who have helped the college's alumni to achieve their goals. Scholarships are awarded by the Alumni Scholarship Committee. Scholarships are awarded based on grades, financial need, and area of interest. Applicants must use an Alumni Scholarship Form that may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office or the Alumni Office, both located on the Wharton Campus.
The Wharton County Junior College Board of Trustees Scholarships are made available to outstanding students in the fields of music, athletics, drama, and speech. These scholarships are awarded through competitive examinations and/or auditions. Arrangements should be made through the heads of WCJC's Music, Athletic, and Drama and Speech Departments. Scholarships may not be used to exceed tuition and fee costs from any other source funded by the college.
The Wharton County Junior College Board of Trustees High Honor Scholarship was established by the Board of Trustees in December 1973. A High-Honor tuition and fee scholarship is awarded to high school graduates who rank in the top five percent of their graduating class.
Tuition and fee scholarships are awarded to full-time freshman students entering Wharton County Junior College who graduated from a public high school within the college service area (approximately 55 mile radius of the college). Weimar and Industrial High Schools are outside this radius but are considered within the Wharton County Junior College service area. Final decisions regarding fringe area schools are determined by the Financial Aid Committee.
Scholarships may not be used to exceed tuition and fee cost from any other source funded by the college.
Students must maintain a minimum of 3.0 grade point average to retain the scholarship for the second semester.
The Wharton County Junior College Booster Club Scholarships were established in 1974. The awards are made each year to residents of the Wharton County Junior College District and are based on need and educational potential.
The following scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Applications should be made directly to the donors.
ADN Club Scholarship Fund, Wharton, Texas
American Legion Auxiliary, Rowland Mays Post 87, Wharton, Texas
American Legion, Rowland Mays Post 87, Wharton, Texas
American Rice Growers Cooperative Association, Eagle Lake, Texas
Angleton Busy Bee Homemakers Extension Club, Angleton, Texas
Association of Oilwell Servicing Contractors, Dallas, Texas
Boling Bull Shooters - Boling, Texas
Catholic Women's Fraternal Order of Texas, The K.J.Z.T., Austin, Texas
Eagle Lake Knights of Columbus, Eagle Lake, Texas
Eagle Lake Rotary Club, Eagle Lake, Texas
El Campo Food Services Association, El Campo, Texas
El Campo Knights of Columbus, El Campo, Texas
El Campo Lions Club, El Campo, Texas
El Campo Rotary Club, El Campo, Texas
Fiesta Hispanica Americana, Wharton, Texas
Fort Bend County Fair Association, Rosenberg, Texas
Fort Bend County 4-H Adult Leaders' Association, Rosenberg, Texas
Fort Bend County L.U.L.A.C. Council No. 188, Rosenberg, Texas
Fraternal Order of Eagles, Bay City, Texas
Frank Sorrel, Jr. Scholarship, Wharton, Texas
Future Farmers of America Scholarships of Wharton High School
Flagg City Chapter, American Businesswomen's Association, Edna, Texas
Germania Farm Mutual Aid Association, Louise, Texas
Griffin Well Service, El Campo, Texas
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston, Texas
Jackson County Home Demonstration Council, Edna, Texas
Lamar Consolidated Paraprofessional Association, Rosenberg, Texas
Louise Lions Club, Louise, Texas
Louise Speech and Drama Club, Louise, Texas
Louise Women's Club, Louise, Texas
Mamie E. George Scholarship, Lamar Consolidated I.S.D., Rosenberg, Texas
Mexican-American Youth Council, Eagle Lake, Texas
Mount Olive Scholarship, Richmond, Texas
Nada Knights of Columbus Council 3371, Nada, Texas
National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, Huntsville, Texas
Nell Mick Pugh Scholarship of Comfort Wood Chapter, DAR, Wharton, Texas
Needville I.S.D. Interscholastic League Scholarship, Needville, Texas
Pilot Club of Wharton, Inc. - Suellen Rowe Memorial Scholarship
Raymond R. Thomas, M.D. Memorial Scholarship c/o Victor Scott , Eagle Lake, Texas
Rice Belt Water Works Association, West Columbia, Texas
Rocking W Rodeo Club, Wharton, Texas
Rosenberg Business & Professional Women's Club, Rosenberg, Texas
South Texas Scholarship Pageant, El Campo, Texas
Southwest Texas Conference, The United Methodist Church, San Antonio, Texas
Texas Real Estate Research Center Scholarship, Texas A&M University
Thomas Scholarship, John Dulles High School, Stafford, Texas
Trull Scholarship Fund, Palacios, Texas
United Brotherhood Scholarship, Tidehaven and Wharton Chapters
Wade Waters Scholarship, El Campo, TX
A. J. Wendel Scholarship, El Campo, TX
Wharton Business & Professional Women's Club, Inc., Wharton, Texas
Wharton County Board of Realtors, Wharton, Texas
Wharton County Youth Fair, Wharton, Texas
Wharton High School, Industrial Arts Club, Wharton, Texas
Wharton Lions Club, Wharton, Texas
Wharton Rotary Club, Wharton, Texas
Wharton Chapters of Beta Sigma Phi, Wharton, Texas
David and Eula Wintermann Foundation, First City National Bank of Houston
Women's Auxiliary to the Texas Medical Association, Wharton, Jackson,
Matagorda and Fort Bend counties
Women's Service League of Wharton, Texas
Xi Mu Chi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, El Campo, Texas
Young Homemakers of Texas, El Campo, Texas
The University of Houston-Victoria is providing Houston-LSAMP Scholarships for study at its Victoria, Fort Bend, and Cinco Ranch campuses. Qualified post community college students that are typically underrepresented in the fields of science and technology may pursue baccalaureate degree programs in mathematics, mathematics education, and computer science.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
International experience is critically important in the educational and career development of American students, but it can also require a substantial financial investment. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries and world regions. The program also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (those deemed important to national security and diplomacy). By supporting undergraduate students who have high financial need, the program has been successful in supporting students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including but not limited to first-generation college students, students in STEM fields, ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, students attending HBCUs or other minority-serving institutions, students attending community colleges, and students coming from U.S. states with less study abroad participation. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.
For information go to https://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program .
The George Foundation Scholarship Program
Each year the Foundation awards 120 scholarships to incoming college freshmen and
current undergraduate Fort Bend County residents planning to enroll in a full-time
(minimum 12 credit hours per semester) undergraduate course of study at any accredited
two- or four-year public college or university in Texas. First-Generation students
(whose parents do not have a degree) and Non-Traditional students (first time or returning
students who graduated from high school more than five years ago and are not currently
in school) are encouraged to apply. Applicants may not receive both a George Foundation
High School scholarship and a George Foundation Higher Education scholarship within
the same year.
Additional information is available at the following website:
Beginning January 1, 1998, taxpayers (students or their parents) may be eligible to claim a nonrefundable Hope Scholarship Tax Credit against their federal income taxes. The Hope Scholarship Credit may be claimed for the qualified tuition and certain related expenses (not housing/dining) of EACH student in the taxpayer's family (i.e., the taxpayer, the taxpayer's spouse, or an eligible dependent) who is enrolled at least halftime in one of the first two years of post-secondary education and who is enrolled in a program leading to a degree, certificate, or other organized educational credential. The credit that may be claimed varies, depending on the family and student financial situation, but may be as much as $1,500 for a freshman or sophomore.
Another tax credit known as the Lifetime Learning credit applies to junior, senior and/or graduate students enrolled at least halftime in an institution of higher education. Congress has established that the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit begins for payments made after July 1, 1998.