Welcome Scholarship Seekers

Nearly $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded to area students as New Braunfels Area Community Foundation prepares for the 2018 scholarship season. Most of the scholarship applications will open online on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 at

The application deadline is Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (with the exception of the Bandera Electric Cooperative Scholarships, which are open now and close March 21).

Thanks to the generous support of the community, more than $47,500 in scholarships, including two GVTC Foundation Scholarships in the amount of $20,000 each, were awarded to students in 2017.

The number and amount of awards have more than doubled for 2018.

“We are excited to announce that we will be offering 21 additional scholarships this year. Eighteen of those scholarships are open to graduating students at New Braunfels High School,” said Brit W. King, President/CEO of New Braunfels Area Community Foundation.

Seventeen existing New Braunfels ISD scholarships moved to NBACF in late 2017. In addition, a new NBACF scholarship fund, the Nick Leifeste Memorial Scholarship ($500), is dedicated to recognizing and supporting graduating seniors from the New Braunfels High School Mighty Unicorn Band.

Three other new scholarships include the following:

• The Honorable Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer Civic Leadership Scholarship Fund ($2,000) – Established in 2017 in memory of retired State District Judge Robert (Bob) T. Pfeuffer, to continue his legacy of civic leadership and commitment to community. A scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated outstanding civic leadership and will be attending Texas A&M University. While not required, special consideration will be given to incoming members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and upperclassmen at Texas A&M University.

• The New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Association of REALTORS® Scholarship ($1,000) – Open to graduating seniors from a high school in Comal ISD or New Braunfels ISD; private school, or home school

• Bandera Electric Cooperative Scholarships (10 scholarships, $2,500 each) – Open to graduating seniors in the BEC service area

Other changes this year include the following updates to existing scholarships:

• Karl and Beth Hittle Scholarship – Two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from New Braunfels High School or Canyon High School who, in order of priority, will be attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock; will be attending Christian seminary; or will be attending a vocational or trade school

• Logan’s Legacy Memorial Scholarship – Now open to graduating seniors in both Comal ISD and New Braunfels ISD; created to assist students who are pursuing secondary education opportunities such as trade schools; specialty schools; junior college; law enforcement; or the military

Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of selection criteria, unique to each fund. A large team of evaluators, all with education backgrounds, review and score applications online. Evaluators do not see student names or other identifying information.

“We strive to make the evaluation process as objective as possible to ensure that scholarships are awarded to the students whose applications most accurately match the scholarship criteria,” King explained.

The GVTC Foundation will once again be offering two $20,000 scholarships. The Ola Armstrong Scholarship recognizes students who have served their community well. The Ritchie T. Sorrells Leadership Scholarship recognizes emerging leaders.

All scholarship applications will be accepted ONLINE ONLY at

Questions or comments may be directed to Betty Taylor, NBACF Scholarship Coordinator, at or (830) 606-9597.