Student Scholarships

TEF brings the community together to maximize student success. One of the primary goals of the Temple Education Foundation is to encourage students to attend post-secondary schools including four year universities, community colleges, vocational, and trade schools. Each year we award thousands of dollars in scholarships to Temple High School Students to help them continue their education.

Graduating Student Scholarships

Given to graduating students to assist pursuing educational opportunities post-graduation. Graduating Senior Scholarship application will be open February 1st, 2022

Career and Technical dual credit scholarships

Given to Career & Technical students to offset the cost of enrolling in dual credit courses while attending Temple High school.

Overview of Graduating Senior Scholarships*

In 2022, ten to fifteen $2500 scholarships will be awarded to students attending 4-year universities, community colleges, vocational, or trade schools. Both need-based and merit-based recipients will be considered.
There may be additional scholarships available in addition to those listed here, as funds become available. Complete the TEF Scholarship Application for consideration.

Allison Dickson, a 1998 graduate of Temple High School, has a passion for education. After spending a long period of time in the hospital, Allison was determined to leave the legacy of education to her fellow Wildcats. She established this scholarship by raising community support in her name. The Allison Dickson Temple Proud Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a THS student who plans to attend Temple College.

The Class of 1970 scholarship is the first endowed scholarship established by a graduating class of Temple High. Students may apply who are attending a certificate program, technical college, 2-year or 4-year university. The scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship and will be awarded to a student who has a proven academic record and strong service & involvement during high school.

The Class of 1971 scholarship is given in honor of Liza Farrow-Gillespie, a graduate from the Class of 1971. Liza passed away in July 2020 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Liza was described by her classmates as someone with a generous spirit who loved helping people. Students may apply that intend to fulfill a post-secondary school’s certificate or degree program. The scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship.

The David Wesson scholarship was created to honor the memory of David Wesson, a Temple High graduate that enjoyed mentoring young students and pursuing dreams of continuing their education. The scholarship was established by David’s parents in order to continue David’s legacy of serving young people.

The Dr. Louis Dietermann Science Scholarship is given by the generosity of Mrs. Maretta Dieterman. Dr. Deiterman graduated from Temple High School in 1950. He earned his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees at The University of Texas in Austin. In 1965 he established the Physics Department at Scott and White, coordinated patient treatments in Radiation Therapy, and was a professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine Health Sciences division. He was an outdoorsman and an avid amateur astronomer. The $2,000 scholarship is a one-time award to a Student pursuing a degree in the sciences.

This scholarship is $2,000 given over two semesters and is in memory of Gangadhara and Mallappa, family members of the Roopa family from Temple, TX.

With the vision of participating in community development and education, the Indian Community of Central Texas gives two $500.00 scholarships each year to qualifying Temple High School seniors. These scholarships are kind gifts from community members that exemplify what it means to be Wildcats!

John Blake was born on January 12, 1938 in Mexico City. John graduated from Temple High School and from Texas A&M. He served as an officer in the military, before a career mainly spent in financial sales. John Blake passed away May 31, 2012 and a scholarship was established through an estate gift to TEF to assist a student planning to attend Texas A&M. This gift was most important to him because he felt that others could get a start that they may not have had without his gift.

Mary Adams embodied every good thing about TEF. She cared for students, supported teachers, and loved the Wildcats. Mary touched the lives of thousands of students in Temple schools. This scholarship was established in her memory to continue her effort to encourage and champion students to reach their dreams of higher education. This is a $2,500 scholarship divided over two semesters.

This scholarship was established February 18, 2004 to honor the life of Pam Hoeslcher. Pam enriched every curriculum she taught and inspired thousands of students to see their self-worth and build upon their uniqueness. Pam loved change when it meant opening doors for students and staff to strengthen themselves personally and professionally. Pam Hoelscher exemplified man’s greatest characteristics: LOVE and ACCEPTANCE. The scholarship is given over a 2 year period. $500 paid directly to the college or university of each choice at the beginning of each fall semester. The recipient must be enrolled in CTE courses.

The Pugliese family raised their family in central Texas and have a desire to give back to several educational intuitions in our area. Their graduating senior scholarship will go to a Temple High student that plans to pursue a 2-year or 4-year degree. There are 5 scholarships available for $3,000 each. The Pugliese Family scholarship also includes $5,000 annually to assist students taking Career & Technical courses through dual credit at THS.

The Seenu Rao Scholarship has been established to honor the memory of Seenu Rao, who graduated from Temple High School in 1986. Two scholarships will be awarded, the Rao Science and Rao Liberal Arts scholarships, to graduating high school seniors from Temple High School interested in pursuing academic degrees at a four-year university or college in a technical field and the liberal arts. Each $3,000 scholarship will be given over two semesters.

The Jennie and Frank Scanio Scholarship fund will be awarded in the amount of $2,000 to be equally divided between the two semesters for the first year of enrollment in an accredited college or university.

Strasburger Endowed Scholarship
Temple Education Foundation was founded by citizens of Temple who were led by Tommy and Shirley Strasburger. This scholarship is presented in honor of the legacy the Strasburger’s have left because of their vision and passion for serving Temple students for years to come. Without their leadership, the Temple Education Foundation would not be where it is today.

Susan Young was a TISD teacher with heart who loved students and watching them succeed. This scholarship to honor her legacy will be given to a student pursuing a degree in education.

The Temple-Belton Board of Realtors is kind to extend a scholarship to TEF and TISD students each year. This year the scholarship award is given to a student who is actively involved in the community and has shown strong attendance. The TBBOR Scholarship is a $1,500 on-time scholarship. Preference will be given to a candidate whose parents are an area realtor.

The Temple Founder Lions Club scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship and awarded to a student who has a proven academic record and strong school involvement. Students that receive this scholarship may be attending a certificate program or any post-secondary institution.

*The number of scholarships and amount awarded is subject to change based on available funding.

Before You Apply

Before you apply, please review the application criteria on the next page. The application form can be saved by clicking the “Save and Continue Later” link at the bottom of the page. You will be asked to enter your email. A unique link will be sent to that email address which will allow you to continue filling out the form where you left off. Note, the link expires after 30 days. However, we recommend gathering all information prior to filling out the application; that will ensure completing the application in one sitting.

Throughout the school year, students may be highlighted in efforts to promote TEF activities and achievements. For example, students may be featured in materials to increase public awareness of our organization through newspapers, radio, TV, the web, DVDs, displays, brochures, and other types of media. Please contact TEF if you decline permission for your child to be included in such publications.