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 full or part-time or full-time in a vocational school or certification program
  • 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 applications must be submitted and received on or before midnight March 1 annually. The following materials must be submitted online.

  • Completed online application
  • Upload Essay(requirements below)
  • Upload a current transcript that includes a cumulative grade average
  • Upload three signed letters of recommendation on letterhead which includes the writer's contact information i.e. name, address, phone number, and email address. Recommendation letters must come from three separate institutions/organizations.
  • Acceptance letter from an institution, if available

All documents must be named in a manner that identifies the applicant and content, i.e. MarySmithEssay, MarySmithRef1, etc.

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, in 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 on letterhead. Recommendations may be made by teachers, counselors, organization leaders, or employers.   A recommendation must include the name, address, telephone, and email contact information of the 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

 

Candidates must submit the application, essay, transcript, and letters(3) of recommendation on a letterhead 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) Evidence of Community Services

3) Letters of Recommendation

5) Quality of the essay

    -  Focus and development of essay

    -  Unity and coherence

    - Illustration of drive and self-motivation

    -  Demonstration of need

    - Correctness, relative error-free

6) Overall success of the essay

7) Bonus Points: 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 submitted no later than midnight on March 1. It is extremely important that you follow directions.  Applications that do not have uploaded documents that are consistent with the directions provided above will be disqualified from scoring. Late applications will not be processed.

Participation and/or volunteerism at the annual The Ray A. Foundation’s Scholarship Annual Bowl-a-thon and Luncheon is strongly encouraged.  This event is held on 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.