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.
Applicants must be:
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.
All documents must be named in a manner that identifies the applicant and content, i.e. MarySmithEssay, MarySmithRef1, etc.
The essay must address the following:
The essay must be a minimum of 750 words typed, in 12-point font, double-spaced with one-inch margins.
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:
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-
Thank you for your interest and participation in the Ray Anthony Peacock Scholarship application process.