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, 2023
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*
TEF GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS
In 2023, 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 TEMPLE PROUD SCHOLARSHIP
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.
BOB MCQUEEN SCHOLARSHIP
The Bob McQueen Scholarship was established in 2017 when he was honored as the TEF 2017 Distinguished Alumni. Coach McQueen is a 1956 graduate of Temple High. He was recognized for his 28 years of service as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director for the Temple Independent School District. Under his leadership, generations of student athletes were coached and mentored in football for 24 winning seasons, 14 district titles, qualified for playoffs 18 times and advanced to the State championship three times. Thanks, Coach!
CLASS OF 1970 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
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.
CLASS OF 1971 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
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.
CLASS OF 1972 SCHOLARSHIP
The Class of 1972 scholarship is given this inaugural year in honor of its fellow classmates.
DAVID WESSON 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.
DR. BOBBY OTT LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. Bobby Ott has served as TISD superintendent since 2018. In 2022, he was chosen as Superintendent of the Year for the State of Texas and Superintendent of the Year for the Education Service Center Region 12. He has also been nominated as a candidate for the National Superintendent of the Year. This scholarship will focus on leadership skills and contributions while attending THS.
DR. JOHN P. “JACK” EBERTS THS VALEDICATORIAN SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. Eberts graduated as valedictorian of the 1953 class of Temple High School. While in high school he was involved in basketball, track and number sense. He graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in 1957 and later graduated from Southwestern Medical School. In 1965, he did “locum tenens” at Scott and White before beginning his military obligation. He served as a radiologist at the United States Army Hospital, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands during the Vietnam War. In 1967 Jack rejoined the Scott & White senior staff as a radiologist. He was instrumental in developing the mammography section. This scholarship is to honor the accomplished academic work of THS valedictorians.
DR. LOUIS DIETERMAN SCHOLARSHIP
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.
DR. ROBIN BATTERSHELL
Dr. Robin Battershell led TISD as superintendent for ten years. During her tenure she provided stability in leadership and processes that allowed the district to chart a new course. This new path was one that changed the look and feel of Temple ISD, the staff, students, families and community as she helped everyone see what is possible when you invest in children.
GANGADHARA & MALLAPPA SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is $2,500 given over two semesters and is in memory of Gangadhara and Mallappa, family members of the Roopa family from Temple, TX.
HARRY MACEY SCHOLARSHIP
The Harry Macey Scholarship was given in honor of Harry Macey in 2021 in honor of Mr. Macey’s birthday. Mr. Macey is a long-standing supporter of Temple ISD and the Temple Education Foundation.
INDIAN COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
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!
JOE GREENE SCHOLARSHIP
After graduating from Dunbar High School in 1965, Joe Greene attended North Texas State University. In the 1969 NFL draft, he was fourth overall pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He helped lead the Steelers to become a sports dynasty team, winning the Steelers four Super Bowl championships in a six-year span. In 2016 he was named TEF’s Distinguished Alumni. His extraordinary determination to overcome barriers has motivated and inspired many others to pursue their dreams.
JOHN BLAKE SCHOLARSHIP
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.
KEIFER MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIP
The Keifer Marshall Scholarship is given in memory of former Temple mayor, Keifer Marshall. Marshall is a member of the Temple High Class of 1942, served in World War II, and was a long-time Temple community member. Funds for this scholarship were raised when Mr. Marshall was honored as the TEF Distinguished Alumni. He was recognized for his significant contributions to our country, community and the Temple Independent School District
LOTT VERNON SCHOLARSHIP
The Lott Vernon Scholarship is given to the Temple Education Foundation by Lott, Vernon, & Company. The purpose of their scholarship is to support a Temple High School senior who plans to enter the field of accounting or business.
MARY ADAMS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
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.
PAM HOELSCHER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established on 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 2 years. $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.
PUGLIESE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
The Pugliese family raised their family in central Texas and have the 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.
SEENU RAO SCIENCE AND/OR LIBERAL ART SCHOLARSHIP
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 SCHOLARSHIP
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.
TEMPLE/BELTON BOARD OF REALTORS SCHOLARSHIP
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 $1,000 on-time scholarship. Preference will be given to a candidate whose parents are an area realtor.
TEMPLE FOUNDER LIONS CLUB
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.
TRAVIS F. ERSKINE, THS CLASS OF 1995, MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Travis F. Erskine, THS Class of 1995, Memorial Endowed Scholarship is given in memory of Travis F. Erskine. Erskine a member of the Temple High Class of 1995, was an insurance litigator at the time of his death. He had an enormous circle of friends, including many from THS. He loved to talk about family and his Aggies. The scholarship honors those who plan to attend Texas A&M University.
*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.
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