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BBBS Central Texas' Scholarship ProgramBig Brothers Big Sisters' of Central Texas Scholarship Program encourages Littles to graduate high school and pursue post-secondary education. Eligible youth earn $2,000 in scholarship funds with the potential for an additional $500 per year, for each additional year their match remains active (after age 14), up to a maximum of $4,000. Funds can be used at any two or four-year college, university or accredited trade or technical school.

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Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you are matched through the BBBS Central Texas agency and you enroll in the scholarship program when...

  • You are 14 years of age or older after your one year match anniversary, or
  • You are newly matched after age 14 and remain in a continuous match for one year or longer, and
  • You graduate high school or obtain your GED by age 20, and
  • You enroll in a two or four-year college, university or accredited trade or technical school, and 
  • You apply for BBBS funds within 2 years of graduating high school or obtaining your GED by age 20.

*Please note: If you were promised a scholarship prior to Jan. 1, 2012, click here to learn about program guideline changes that might impact you.

How do I enroll?

To enroll, just submit a completed application (download scholarship application).  Your application must include a written statement from your Big about how they will support your efforts to achieve academic success.  Note: Contact BBBS' Scholarship office if your Big is not able to provide this.

How do I access funds?

Once you have enrolled in the scholarship program and you are registered for classes at a college, university or trade school, you can begin to access your funds. There are two basic BBBS forms required: the Scholarship Disbursement Policy & Procedures form and the Scholarship Choice form. You will also need to provide BBBS with a copy of your final high school transcript or high school diploma. You should submit these documents to the BBBS Scholarship Program to begin accessing your funds. Remember, you must begin this process within two years of high school graduation (or by age 20 if obtaining a GED). Once you begin accessing your funds, you have four years to exhaust your scholarship.

Funds are disbursed on a per semester basis, according to the number of hours you enroll in each semester: $500.00 for 12 or more hours; $250.00 for less than 12 hours. Payments are sent directly to the institution. You can indicate on your Choice form each semester how to apply the funds. Funds may be applied for the following purposes:

1. Tuition
2. Books
3. Class fees
4. Required class equipment
5. On-Campus housing

Are there any deadlines?

You need to be aware of two important deadlines related to your scholarship:

  • You must begin to access funds within two years of your high school graduation date (or by your 20th birthday if you opted to obtain your GED).
  • Once you begin accessing your funds, you have four years to exhaust your scholarship fund balance!

If you have any questions, send an email to: Scholarship@bigmentoring.org, or contact 512-807-3642.

Matching Scholarships

BBBS of Central Texas has established partnerships with various institutions of higher education. Each institution listed below has generously agreed to offer matching scholarship opportunities to recipients of our scholarship. These institutions may have specific rules concerning their matching scholarship, so do not assume you automatically qualify. If you are planning to attend one of these schools, please contact their financial aid office to research the eligibility rules for matching your BBBS Scholarship.


$4,000 match

  • Baylor University

 $2,000 match

  • Southwestern University
  • Texas A&M University –College Station
  • Texas Lutheran University
  • University of Texas – Austin (junior and senior year only)

$1,000 match

  • Huston-Tillotson University
  • Texas State University (Freshman who apply by April 15)

Vocational Schools

$2,000 match

  • Southern Careers Institute
  • Texas State Technical College

Research additional local scholarships.

How did the program get started?

In 1986, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas received a major contribution from an anonymous Central Texas donor to establish a program encouraging Little Brothers and Sisters to complete high school and pursue post-secondary education. These funds were earmarked to provide a $2,000 scholarship promise to each Little Brother and Sister, 14-years-old and older, who has been matched with the same mentor for at least one year. The students promise to stay in school and graduate, and BBBS promises to reward them with a $2,000 scholarship to be used toward their post-secondary education. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas Scholarship Program was the first of its kind throughout the nearly 350 BBBS chapters.

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