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TAAF Scholarship Opportunities
The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Scholarship is funded by contributions from public and private sectors. Scholarships are available in three categories: Athletes (both past and present), Parks and Recreation Employees, graduating High School Student and College Student(Dan Whitworth MemorialScholarship)seeking undergraduate or post graduate degrees in the field of sports sciences, kinesiology, conservation, physical education, recreation and tourism management and/or other related courses of study which may contribute to the field of parks and recreation. A description of each category to be awarded is listed below.

The application and all requested documentation under the scholarship category for which you are applying are due to theTAAF State Office by March 31st of each year. Announcement of selected individuals will be made at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Mid-Year meeting in April/May each year, for the upcoming fall, spring and summer semesters.

To apply fora scholarship, please complete the T.A.A.F. Scholarship Packet.(You may apply for more than one scholarship categoryif you meet the requirements, however, separate applications are required for each scholarship category).

Please send all scholarship applications and required supporting documents to:

Texas Amateur Athletic Federation
Scholarship Application
P.O. Box 1789
Georgetown, TX 78627-1789


Scholarship Brochure

Dan Whitworth Memorial Scholarship


Educational assistance available to graduating high school students or college students who are pursuing degree programs in the field of sports sciences, kinesiology, conservation, physical education, recreation and tourism management and/or other related courses of study which may contribute to the field of parks and recreation with the intent to enter the recreation, parks and leisure service field as a career.

Eligibility Requirements:

Graduating High School Student/High School Graduate:

  • Acceptance to an accredited college or university to be enrollment for a minimum of 12 hours will be required. Preference will be given to those applicants attending a Texas college or university.
  • Has a high school class ranking of at least the top quarter or a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale or a minimum of 850-SAT, minimum score of 21 on ACT

College or University Student:

  • Currently enrolled at a college or university in an accredited Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree program in the field of sports sciences, kinesiology, conservation, physical education, recreation and tourism management and/or other related courses of study which may contribute to the field of parks and recreation. Preference will be given to those applicants attending a Texas college or university.
  • Maintain a minimum of 12 hours per semester or graduate students must be enrolled full-time.
  • Must possess a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or pass on a pass/fail system from the previous semester.


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and considered on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Honors and awards from, and participation in: activities, endeavors, volunteerism and work, etc. related to athletics and/or the field of parks and recreation
  • SAT or ACT score
  • Grade point average
  • Submittal of all requested documentation
  • Other objective related criteria determined by the selection committee


Athlete Scholarship

Educational assistance is available to a past or present Texas Amateur Athletic Federation athlete, seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree, at an accredited college or university, and in an accredited degree program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have competed in one or more Texas Amateur Athletic Federation state level competitions or state tournaments.
  • Acceptance to an accredited college or university. Enrollment for a minimum of 12 hours will be required.
  • Or currently enrolled at a college or university in an accredited degree program. Preference will be given to those applicants attending a Texas college or university.
  • Must possess a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a pass on a pass/fail system.
  • Maintain a minimum of 12 hours per semester or graduate students must be enrolled full-time.


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and considered on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Honors and awards from, and participation in, activities, endeavors, volunteerism and work related to athletics and/or the field of parks and recreation
  • Submittal of all requested documentation
  • Other objective related criteria determined by the selection committee


Parks and Recreation Employee Scholarship

Educational assistance is available for part-time and/or full-time employees currently working in the parks and recreation field, whose current employer does not provide any continuing education or tuition funding and is a current T.A.A.F. Member City. Assistance is to be used for Bachelors, Masters and/or Doctoral degrees that may qualify them for future job enhancements and opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently a regular, part-time and/or full-time employee working a minimum of 15 hours per week with at least 6 months of continuous service at one or more Member Cities at time of application.
  • Must be demonstrating satisfactory work performance.
  • Must not have received a formal disciplinary action in the preceding 6 months prior to the application submittal.
  • Currently enrolled at a college or university in an accredited Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree program. Preference will be given to those applicants attending a Texas college or university and those seeking a degree in parks, recreation and tourism sciences, sports sciences / leisure services, public administration or related field.
  • Must possess a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a pass on a pass/fail system.
  • Must not be employed by an entity that currently provides tuition reimbursement.
  • Maintain a minimum of 6 hours per semester or graduate students must be enrolled full-time.


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and considered on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Will the educational goal relate to a field in the parks and recreation profession?
  • What contributions will the educational course provide to the parks and recreation profession?
  • Submittal of all requested documentation.
  • Other objective related criteria determined by the selection committee.


Scholarship applications may be submitted to the T.A.A.F. State Office by email providing the application and all supporting documentation is included in the document submitted. Email to: biiams@suddenlinkmail.com or kmcgrath@suddenlinkmail.com

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