Apply for scholarships by Feb. 27, 2019

“I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goal just as you have helped me.” – Cade Waldrip, 2018 scholarship recipient

For recipients, scholarships mean much more than financial assistance. The scholarship can provide another step in paying it forward to the next generation.

The online application deadline for this year’s scholarships is near – Feb. 27, 2019 (with the exception of the Judge Robert.T. Pfeuffer Civic Leadership Scholarship, which closes March 18). Urge the students in your life to apply now at It is not too late.

In 2019, more than $110,000 is expected to be awarded from scholarship funds held by or administered by New Braunfels Community Foundation. Those include two GVTC Foundation scholarships – the Ola Armstrong Scholarship (for community service) and the Ritchie T. Sorrells Scholarship for Leaders – in the amounts of $20,000 each.

Several new scholarships this year include a third GVTC Foundation scholarship – the GVTC Technical/Vocational Scholarship; the Arline Dierks Echols Memorial Scholarship; and the Janet Sweet Scholarship.

The GVTC Technical/Vocational Scholarship (two scholarships up to $5,000 each) is open to applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to continuing their education in pursuit of a degree or certification in a vocational or technical field. The GVTC Foundation’s goal in offering these scholarships is to enable members of our community to reach their career goals and continue to grow the skilled workforce where we work and live.

Rosie Miner created the Janet Sweet Scholarship in honor of her friend.

“Janet served the youth of Comal County for more than 30 years, providing support, love and guidance to 4-H’ers and their families as a Comal County employee working with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The Janet Sweet Scholarship continues Janet’s lifestyle of service by providing financial assistance to graduating seniors who have been involved in 4-H,” Rosie said.

Donna Hammack created the Arline Dierks Echols Memorial Scholarship in memory of her mother, who graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1954.

“Since she loved music and was active in choir all through school, the scholarship is open to graduating seniors at NBHS who are pursuing a degree in choral or music,” Hammack explained.

Scholarships are the New Braunfels Community Foundation were first awarded in 2015, and the number of scholarship funds has continued to grow each year. The NBCF scholarship program uses an objective online scoring process with the help of more than 50 volunteer evaluators, all with education or scholarship committee backgrounds.

Their expertise and willingness to volunteer their time is invaluable. There would not be a scholarship program here without them. It is all part of the process to make sure we are providing the necessary resources for the next generation, and the next, and the next.

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