By Mary Stover
The AC Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides students assistance with funding while attending Amarillo College.
The foundation administers an endowment of more than $31 million.
Tracy Dougherty, co-executive director, said the foundation gave scholarships that totaled $750,000 this semester.
“We gave out 1,090 scholarships, and some of them went to the same person,” said Kathy Dowdy, also a co-executive director.
The AC Foundation has a fundraiser a year, the Badger
Tailgate Bash, and an annual campaign to raise money for scholarships. The foundation also raises for the No Excuses program and the Common Reader.
The foundation helped 600 students this year. It also helps students get other scholarships, from which there are several to choose.
“There are academic, recruit, the Sybil B. Harrington and Amarillo College Foundation scholarships,” Dowdy said.
The foundation gives scholarships to high school students, but only to those who were in the top 15 percent of their class.
Dougherty said $20,000 was given to the Common Reader fund this year.
Scholarships from the foundation are available for numerous programs at AC, and the requirements vary.
The general requirements for a scholarship include a minimum 2.0 GPA, enrollment in a minimum of six hours per semester, a 200-word essay describing plans for college and a copy of an official transcript.
Scholarship applications forms are available online at www.actx.edu/foundation/scholarship. The deadline to submit an AC Foundation scholarship application is March 2 each year.
All students planning to attend AC are welcome to apply for an AC Foundation scholarship. The scholarships are open to students of all ages, pursuing any major.
The foundation is governed by a board of directors, who figure out who get scholarships and which funds go to whom.
The foundation is a nonprofit organization.
The foundation staff is available to answer students’ questions. Prospective students can stop by the foundation office on the second floor of the College Union Building on the Washington Street Campus.