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Getting Your Scholarship Application Ready!

Now that the scholarship application is open, what can you do? Because you can’t get your 7-semester transcript until after this semester, you won’t be able to submit your application now. That being said, you need to start working on the other parts of the application now. Below are the things you can work on now while waiting for the transcripts.

  1.  Birth certificate or Legal Permanent Resident card/document
  2. ACT/SAT scores if you are not planning on retaking the test(s) again
  3. 2017 IRS tax form 1040 for both parents and the student (if you have one). You can submit your SAR (student aid report) IF  you did not import your information on your FAFSA.
  4. Student’s resume – make sure it is current

Letters of Recommendation – Each student should be asking individuals that know them to write a recommendation letter now so that they have plenty of time to write a well-informed letter about the student. You will need two letters – one from a high school teacher that taught you and one from a pastor, employer, coach, mentor, etc.

Essay   This document will tell the selection committee who you are, what your plans are to further your education after high school, what you’ve accomplished or been involved in while in high school, what you intend to do in your future and how you intend to accomplish that.


•    Proof of U.S. Citizenship (photocopy of U.S. birth certificate) or legal permanent residency status
•    Transcripts
º    High school students must submit an official 7-semester transcript (includes fall semester grades) and dual credit transcript if applicable
º    College students must submit an official transcript of their most recently completed college courses
•    ACT and/or SAT scores (if scores appear on the back of your high school transcript, no additional documents are necessary)
•    Previous year’s IRS tax form 1040 for the household
– In place of the IRS Form 1040 you may upload a copy of your Electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) as long as you have NOT imported your financial information directly from the IRS. Please note your parent’s adjusted gross income (line 85) and your adjusted gross income (line 36) must show the dollar amount for verification.
•    Two (2) letters of recommendation – one letter should be from a teacher you had in high school, and the second letter should be from a pastor, employer, coach, mentor, etc.  Letters written by family members are not permitted.

Most importantly, begin working on this now. You will avoid the rush of the February deadline. Students who plan, execute and submit great applications give a positive outlook to the selection committee.

Here’s where you can get started: CLICK HERE to begin your scholarship application

May Grant Cycle Recap


Contact: Broc Carter | | 806.376.4521  

Amarillo Area Foundation Latest Grant Cycle Provides Majority of Funds to Rural Grants 

Amarillo- TX – The service area for the Foundation is the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. The Amarillo Area Foundation’s (AAF) latest grant cycle provides $574,000 in grants to rural communities.  This is aligned with a concerted effort by AAF to enhance communities outside of Potter and Randall counties.   

“It is the mission of the Amarillo Area Foundation to improve quality of life for residents in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. For 2018, one of our goals is to focus on improving our connection with the rural communities in the Panhandle,” said Jackie Pearson, AAF Board Chair, and Spearman resident. 

59% of grants were allocated to the rural communities of: Childress, Clarendon, Cactus, Dalhart, Hereford, and Vega.  These grants represented 54% of all dollars granted in the May grant cycle.  

“While our discretionary grant cycle is only one way AAF serves the Texas Panhandle, it is perhaps the most familiar.  We recently approved 11 discretionary grants and 6 of those grants were awarded to nonprofits in rural communities,” said Pearson. 

Below is the complete list of grants awarded: 


The next discretionary grant deadline is June 29th at noon.  Organizations interested in applying can check eligibility here: CLICK HERE 

Sybil Harrington Day, October 13th

Early Life

A native of Amarillo, Sybil Harrington was the granddaughter of Amarillo pioneers Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Hughes and the daughter of the late Frank and Roxy Buckingham.

In 1935, she married Donald D. Harrington, a legend in the booming Texas oil and gas industry.

The Arts

In their travels, the Harringtons enjoyed collecting art. They sought out works by Matisse, Renoir, Chagall, Pissarro, Monet and Cassatt before most collectors recognized their value.

Mrs. Harrington donated a portion of the collection to the Phoenix Museum of Art. Her historic home at 1600 S. Polk now operates as a house museum with a collection of decorative arts and furnishings.

Her devotion to the arts continued with her gifts to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and the Juilliard School of Music.

She supported all facets of the visual and performing arts with her gifts, including support for the Amarillo Symphony and Lone Star Ballet production of “The Nutcracker” every Christmas and production of the musical drama “Texas” in Palo Duro Canyon.

She funded $1.2 million in scholarships at West Texas A&M University. The school’s board of regents dedicated the Sybil B. Harrington School of Arts and Humanities on the Canyon campus in 1989 to honor her.

The school also bestowed its first honorary doctorate on her in 1994.


The Harrington name became synonymous with every successful charitable and cultural endeavor throughout the Texas Panhandle. It appears on the regional medical center, numerous medical facilities and several of the headquarters of non-profit agencies in honor of gifts Mrs. Harrington made personally or through the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation. After her husband’s death in 1974, she became president of the foundation. The foundation continues to make grants to organizations throughout the Panhandle as part of the Amarillo Area Foundation.

The Boy Scouts honored her with the council’s first James E. West award in 1994 to recognize her support.


In 1983, Amarillo declared Oct. 13 as Sybil Harrington Day to honor her on her birthday. The Amarillo Globe-News listed contributions from her and the foundation to 89 Amarillo organizations and agencies.

The Harrington Library Consortium links academic and public libraries throughout the Panhandle.

Mrs. Harrington’s gifts of almost $17.5 million made the Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center possible. The medical center became the Harrington Regional Medical Center in 1990 to recognize her personal contributions and grants.

To support higher education, she established the Sybil B. Harrington Scholarship Fund of the Amarillo College Foundation.

The University of Texas received a gift of oil and gas properties from the Harrington Foundation worth $4.35 million, plus a gift of $1.5 million in 1992.

Mrs. Harrington died Sept. 17, 1998.

The Art of Tape

Our friends at the Citadelle Art Foundation in Canadian have quite an exciting event coming up for the month of October.  Tape Art has become a nationwide phenomenon in the 28 years since it first started. The Citadelle Art Foundation is proud to bring this dynamic and collaborative form of art to the Texas Panhandle for the month of October. Life-sized murals created using only low-adhesive tape will temporarily adorn The Citadelle Art Foundation.

An installation of previous work.

“We are fortunate to be able to bring this group of incredible artists to our community,” says Executive Director Wendie Cook.  “This group is extremely talented and their work has been featured on some of the most prestigious landmarks in the country. To be able to share this work with the people of the Panhandle is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

There will be exciting events though out the month that the whole family will enjoy.  In addition to the events around Canadian, the muralists will be going to Spearman, Stratford, and Perryton for some educational workshops.  

History of Tape Art

Tape Art was born in Providence, Rhode Island in the 1980’s. The movement began with a collection of nightly drawings made in tape on sidewalks and in public spaces. The drawings sprawled across the landscape depicting scenes of chariots, trains, and roller coasters all rendered in life-sized silhouettes. When these works of art were finished, they were always removed within 24 hours. It wasn’t unusual to see a silhouette come to life, only to disappear when the sun came up the next day. The projects quickly grew in popularity because they made art entertaining and accessible to everyone.

A promotional installation on the police station in Amarillo.

It wasn’t long before national press picked up on the drawings and the Tape Art movement took on a life of its own. At one point, the Tape Art Crew traveled 29,000 miles in six months creating work in 40 different states. These innovative works of art have been featured on the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tennessee, The Revolving Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, The CBGB Gallery in New York City, and the Cattle Depot Artist Village Residency in Hong Kong, China. The Tape Art Crew expanded their work to schools, festivals, and office buildings, teaching children and adults that creativity and imagination are not bound by age. What started out as a localized community-drawing project soon grew into a worldwide phenomenon that started a conversation about art, technology, social responsibility, and the value of teamwork.

Mark your calendar and attend these great events throughout the month of October.

You can find more information on the Citadelle’s website: CLICK HERE TO VISIT 

The Citadelle Art Foundation is a supporting organization of the Amarillo Area Foundation.