Scholarship Opportunities + Colleges Offering Free Tuition List
Local FREE/Reduced Tuition Opportunities
Colleges offering Free Tuition Listed on 2nd tab of this spreadsheet.
UTPB: Falcon Free UTPB you can earn your degree for free! We believe that a college education is transformative and money shouldn't hold you back. That's why we created the Falcon Free program, a plan that covers the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for most students. Does your family make $100k or less? Apply now
UTPB: Free Master's Degree Behavioral Health enrolling in graduate programs in counseling, clinical psychology, or social work programs are eligible. The program will cover the tuition and mandatory fees, not including books or incidentals. This scholarship program is competitive and renewable for up to 3 years. Funding is awarded through various federal, state, and institutional funds to qualifying students. For full list of qualifications and criteria, click apply or view our frequently asked questions.
Odessa College: Wrangler Promise
Midland College: Legacy Scholarship
Communities In Schools of the Permian Basin
Communities In Schools of the Permian Basin the application from our website or Email your coordinator or to receive the application.
Gov Student Aid
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) FAFSA online for help, requirements, etc.
TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid)
Local Opportunities
Permian Basin Area Foundation opportunities. Check the website and create an account to apply.
Midland ISD Education Foundation opportunities. Follow the link for more info.
Education Foundation of Odessa opportunities. Follow the link for more info.
The Community Foundation of West Texas opportunities. Follow the link for more info.
Legacy Scholarship link for full info.
Kent Kwik: West Texas Strong Scholarship the link for full info. Requirements: Be a current resident or currently be residing in Midland, TX or Odessa, TX.
Plan to enroll in fulltime undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
Midland Rotary county seniors. Click the link to apply.
Black Cultural Council of Odessa Black Cultural Council of Odessa believes that no student should be denied the opportunity to reach their full potential due to a lack of educational funding. Each February, we award our African American Youth Scholarship to a deserving student. If you’re an African American Junior or Senior in Ector County, then you’re eligible to apply. Take the first step to a brighter future by filling in our contact form! Click the link to fill in the contact form.
Black Chamber of Commerce-Permian Basin apply for the scholarships, students must submit their application to the chamber by mailing it to:

Odessa Black Chamber of Commerce Charitable Fund Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 1006
Odessa, TX 79760
Women's Energy Network Permian Basin Women’s Energy Network (WEN) Permian Basin Chapter sponsors several one-time awards to exemplary high school junior and senior girls from the Permian Basin area. WEN is committed to introducing high school students to careers in energy through its programs, helping to fuel the industry’s need for top talent in the future. Scholarship applications are typically due at the end of October, and the scholarships are awarded at the YWE event in November. Eligible applicants are female high school juniors and seniors from the Permian Basin area with exemplary academic records (at least a 3.0 GPA) and demonstrated leadership potential. Eligible applicants must plan to attend an accredited university in the Fall after the award is made or the following year. Proof of registration must be presented to WEN’s scholarship panel prior to disbursement of awards.
The Professional Women in Building: Gary Kahler Memorial Scholarship fund provides scholarships each semester to students who graduate from within the 14-county PBBA jurisdiction. Scholarships are awarded to deserving college/trade school bound students, especially those seeking higher education in a construction related field. For additional information, contact the PWB.
Natural Gas Society of the Permian Basin spring, the Natural Gas Society of the Permian Basin grants thousands of dollars in academic scholarships to graduating seniors or presently enrolled students to encourage and support their education. Recipients of the college fund must be sponsored by a current NGSPB member and are encouraged to keep participating until they have received two awards from the scholarship fund.
Permian Basin Association of Pipeliners will be awarded on an annual basis to any student pursuing a degree or certificate leading to a career in the energy industry or a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Students must apply for scholarships each year they are attending undergraduate courses. Eligible full-time students may receive funds for a maximum of 5 years. Scholarship awards are available for undergraduate courses only.
First Presbyterian Church Midland: The Lynn Scholarship
Be a graduate of a Midland County High School;
Be a citizen of the United States;
Be selected by the Lynn Scholarship Committee to receive the award based on (in descending order of importance):
Financial need for assistance in attending college
Community service
Scholastic achievement
West Texas Geological Society scholarships for students studying earth science, environmental technology, or petroleum engineering. Follow the link for more info.
YMCA Midland the link for more info.
Permian Basin Society of Petroleum Engineers the link for more info.
Permian Basin Landmen's Association the link for more info.
Medical Center Health Center Hospital offers scholarships to applicants who reside in the Permian Basin area and whose course work will result in an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Scholarship payments will be based on tuition and required fees applicable for Texas residents and cost of required books. For Associate Degree students, payment equal to the amount of 100% tuition, required fees and required books for qualified courses will be paid by Medical Center Hospital directly to the approved institution. For Bachelor of Science students, scholarships may be less than 100% of tuition, based on the cost of the institution attended. Recipients must sign an agreement to work for Medical Center Hospital in a full-time position,
upon graduation from their field of study, for a period of three (3) years.
American Association of Drilling Engineers must be enrolled in an Engineering discipline with an interest in drilling. Awards will be made only to those continuing undergraduate degree programs and have obtained at least 24 hours of credits and maintain a 3.0 or greater GPA while attending a 4 year accredited school.
Live on Stage Permian Basin Live On Stage Permian Basin Scholarship is a one-time, $2,000.00 scholarship available to university/college-bound high school seniors seeking a career path in the entertainment arts. This includes vocal or instrumental performance, theatre/acting, theatre/technical, or music business. Our local winner will be presented at our Tuesday March 31, 2020 concert, “Savana Jack” at 7:30pm at Wagner Noel PAC. Our local winner will move on to the national Live One Stage Scholarship competition in Nashville, TN that offers two $1000 scholarships. Applicants with financial need will receive priority consideration, but it is not a prerequisite.
Permian Basin Hispanic Medical Society for scholarship Eligibility:
1) Health Care Field Career
2) Bilingual
3) Complete the below application form
Texas Builders Foundation focus of the Texas Builders Foundation is to help ensure the future of the residential building industry in Texas. Each year, the foundation awards scholarships to students who are enrolled in construction programs in Texas’ technical and trade schools and colleges and universities.
Lists put out by schools
Midland ISD List opportunities. Follow link and it will provide relevant info.
Ector County ISD List opportunities. Follow link and it will provide relevant info.
Balmorhea ISD List opportunities. Follow link and it will provide relevant info.
Andrews ISD List opportunities. Follow link and it will provide relevant info.
Local Colleges/Universities
Odessa College opportunities. Follow link and it will provide relevant info.
Midland College opportunities. Follow link and it will provide relevant info.
Howard College opportunities. Follow link and it will provide relevant info.
University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) opportunities. Follow link and it will provide relevant info.
Texas State Technical College opportunities. Follow link and it will provide relevant info.
The Jackie Robinson Foundationwww.jackierobinson.orgThrough its Mentoring and Leadership Development Program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $30,000 over four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.
HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Finder) www.hsfinder.netScholarship information for Latino students.
Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
The Gates Scholarshipwww.thegatesscholarship.orgEligibility Requirements: -High School Senior -From at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American -Pell-eligible -US citizen, national, or permanent resident -Minimum Cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 ***Scholars receive funding for the full cost of attendance to earn a bachelor's degree, that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the FAFSA, or the methodology used by a Scholar's college or university
Thurgood Marshall College Fund in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include the publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). Publicly-supported HBCUs enroll over 80% of all students attending HBCUs. Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs, and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the K-12 and higher education space. The organization is also a source for top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs.
Ron Brown Scholar Program Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth.
The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs -African American Graduating Senior -Cumaltive GPA of 3.0 or above -US citizen -Complete Application Online -Submit a typed essay of no less than 300 words on the topic "Explain the benefits you have gained through the contributions of two trailblazers of African decent (past or contemporary) and how it has benefited you as a person."
NAACP opportunities. Follow link and it will provide relevant info.
First Generation College Student
I'm First’s something special about being first. The first in flight, first man on the moon, and the first African-American president. First kisses, first impressions, first place. Being among the first in your family to attend and graduate from college is special too. I’m First! was created by nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity in 2013 to provide students who lack a family history of higher education with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college and is now an initiative of Strive for College—a national nonprofit that also runs a national online mentoring program for college-bound students.
LifeHappens Life Lessons Scholarship Program is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, who are between 17 and 24 years of age, have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian, and are currently enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a college, university or trade school within the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico. Employees of Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (“Life Happens” or “Sponsor”), Weber Shandwick, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising, and promotion agencies, and any such employee’s immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) and those living in their same households, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win a scholarship. A minor should have a parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The Scholarship Program is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.
Kids' Chance' Chance is an organization devoted to providing education assistance to the families of people injured or killed in the workplace. If your parent passed away due to a work-related accident, you may be eligible for a scholarship from Kids' Chance. To apply, you will need some basic information about your family's financial situation, a brief description of the accident, and your transcripts.
Inheritance of Hope of Hope offers a list of scholarships for students who live with a parent who has cancer or have lost a parent to cancer. Some scholarships are geared toward a specific type of cancer.
ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund and spouses of local and state government employees who have died in the line of duty may apply for the ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund.
American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens: Police Family Survivors Fund is open to incoming and current college students who are the surviving son or daughter of a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.
Macy's Emergency Scholarship Fund is open to students facing economic hardship, such as change in family income/support, loss of job, death of an immediate family member, natural disaster, pending eviction or home foreclosure, burglary or fire.
National Collegiate Cancer Foundation National Collegiate Cancer Foundation was established to provide services and support to young adults whose lives have been impacted by cancer and who have continued with their education throughout treatment or after their treatment. These $1,000 competitive awards will be judged based on the criteria listed below.
The Quell Foundation Quell Foundation Survivor Scholarship is awarded to select high school seniors or current undergraduate/graduate students who have experienced the devastating loss of a parent, caregiver or sibling to suicide. The Quell Foundation Fighter Scholarship is awarded to a select high school senior or a current undergraduate/graduate student that is being treated for a diagnosed mental health condition. The Quell Foundation Awareness Fund established the award as a means to improve the care and treatment of people with mental health illness.
Huntley Wealth Insurance Services year, Huntley Wealth offers scholarships to college students who have suffered financial hardships because one or both of their parents died uninsured. The death of any parent is a tragedy, but when a parent dies and leaves the family in financial peril, it can become a disaster that derails their children’s plans for education and achievement.
Toby Merrill Scholarship Toby Merrill Scholarship will be awarded to students exemplifying the values as defined by Toby’s life. Scholarship recipients will excel in academics, athletics, leadership and will demonstrate high character traits such as kindness and strength during times of adversity. Special consideration will be made for candidates who are experiencing personal or family issues related to cancer or bereavement.
4Life4All 4LIFE 4ALL Scholarship program is intended to assist children and young people who are victims of parental suicide. It’s a way to help these young people cope with their loss by giving them hope for the future. Through our scholarship fund, 4LIFE 4ALL wants to give children of parental suicide the opportunity to pursue higher education so they can enrich their lives. Together we can make a positive differenc
The Lisa Michelle Memorial Fund educational scholarships to students who have lost a parent to alcohol, drug, or prescription drug abuse.
The Pink Rose Foundation℠ is fortunate to charitably give back to the children left behind because of breast cancer. Since our inception in 2003, PinkRose℠ has awarded $1000 scholarships to 91 college students
Brave of Heart Scholarship
Substance Abuse
Serenity Light Recovery College Scholarship who are currently enrolled or enrolled in the upcoming semester at a college, university, or trade school in the US will personally write a 500 – 1,000 word essay on how substance abuse has affected their lives.
Liberty Ranch Rehabilitation Centers a part of our mission to help those struggling with addiction heal and build a brighter future, the Liberty Ranch is offering the Addiction & Mental Health Scholarship 2021, a $1000 scholarship geared towards individuals who have struggled with mental health challenges, have been impacted by substance abuse or intend to work to in mental health-related fields to destigmatize mental illness and addiction.
Foster Care
Foster Care to Success to: Have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship after their 16th birthday; OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday and not subsequently adopted
State College Tuition Waiver is a state law that exempts or waives payment of tuition and fees at state supported colleges or universities for foster youth currently or formerly in the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and for those adopted from DFPS. Check eligibility at:
The Sallie Mae Fund Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program helps make college happen for outstanding high school students who are experiencing financial hardship.
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