Scholarship Information

Scholarship Information

Purpose
Cecil and Theresa Peacock founded The Ray Anthony Peacock Scholarship Fund to honor the memory of their son, Ray Anthony Peacock. Ray was an outstanding student at Burkeville High School. He graduated in 1977, and began to pursue a degree at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas; however tragically, in 1977 his life ended. His short life was marked by outstanding academic achievement and community work.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial aid for those students who, like Ray, strive for academic excellence and are committed to the community and public service. It encourages candidates to pursue their academic goals and to reflect on the needs of society and their role in creating a better future. The successful candidate(s) will be a graduating senior, who aspires to higher education upon graduation, exhibits excellent writing skills, exhibits a record of community or public service, and has a financial need.

Awarded scholarships are to supplement, but not duplicate benefits from the educational institution, foundations, institutions, or other organizations. The scholarship benefits tuition fees, room, and board, or books. Payments will be made directly to the institution of higher learning.

Eligibility
Applicants must be:

  • Graduating high school senior in the state of Texas
  • Planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year college, university or vocational school
  • Applicant must maintain a 3.0 or above high school grade average for college and university applications and 2.5 or above for vocational programs

Application Process
Please complete the application in its entirety. All application packets must be submitted and received on or before February 29 annually. The following materials must be submitted with the application in the same envelope.

  • Completed and signed Scholarship Application Packet.
  • Essay(requirements below)
  • Current transcript that includes a cumulative grade average
  • Three signed letters of recommendation which includes an email address, and
  • Acceptance letter from an institution, if available

Essay
The essay must address the following:

  • Illustrate your drive and self-motivation
  • Indicate any community service involvement noting any leadership positions
  • Describe your reasoning for applying for the scholarship
  • Your proposed field of study and career plans
  • Describe how your plans will help others or positively impact the community

The essay must be a minimum of 750 words typed, 12-point font, double-spaced with one-inch margins.

Transcripts
Provide a current transcript that includes a cumulative grade average.

Letters of Recommendations
Applicants must provide three Letters of Recommendation to be submitted separately by the writers. Recommendations may be made by teacher, counselors, organization leaders or employer.   A recommendation must include the name, address, telephone, and email contact information of writer. Applicants must inform the person writing the letter of recommendations that he/she must address the following:

1) Provide testimony to your aptitude, curiosity, and industriousness

2) Demonstrate your maturity and seriousness

3) Speak to your character and leadership ability

4) Include other pertinent information about you that may not be readily apparent from test scores

Sealed letters of recommendations must be submitted with the application.

Candidates must submit the application, essay, transcript, and letters of recommendation by the deadline. The committee will not consider late or incomplete applications for an award. The application evaluation process is based on a point system in the following areas:

1) Grades

2) Articulation of Goals

3) Community Service

4) Letters of Recommendation

5) Quality of the essay.

Applicants may earn extra points through participation in fundraisers and volunteerism with The Ray A. Peacock Foundation.

The Foundation accepts scholarship applications annually from January 1 through March 1. Applications must be postmark no later than March 1. Late applications will not be processed.

Participation and/or volunteerism at The Ray A. Foundation’s Scholarship Annual Bowl-a-thon and Luncheon is strongly encouraged.  This event is held the first Saturday of April and scholarships are presented at the event.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the Ray Anthony Peacock Scholarship application process.