Texas Interscholastic League Foundation Scholarships
From 1959-2012, TILF has awarded more than 17,000 scholarships valued at over $26 million.
Amounts of scholarships range from $500 for one year to $20,000 for four years. Some scholarships have
special requirements or restrictions such as requiring a student to select certain majors, attend specific
colleges or universities, or compete in specific contests. Details of all scholarships and their requirements
can be found on our website.
Applications may be submitted from March 4 through May 31, 2013, and can be found online at
www.uil.utexas.edu/tilf/apply. Additional information can be found in the UIL Constitution and Contest
Rules, C&CR, Appendix II, or on our website at http://www.uiltexas.org/tilf.
All TILF applicants must meet the following requirements:
1) Compete at the state level of competition in UIL Academics, including: Accounting, Barbara
Jordan Historical Essay Competition*, Calculator Applications, Computer Applications, Computer
Science, Current Issues and Events, Debate (Cross-Examination* & Lincoln-Douglas),
Journalism (Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, Headline Writing & News Writing), Literary
Criticism, Mathematics, Number Sense, Latino History Essay Competition*, One-Act Play, Ready
Writing, Science, Social Studies, Speech (Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, Informative
Speaking & Persuasive Speaking), Spelling & Vocabulary, and Theatrical Design. Exception:
Applicants for the TSSEC scholarship do not have to compete in an academic contest, but
must have been selected as an outstanding soloist at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble
Contest. Because of the late date of the TSSEC, applicants competing in that contest must
complete their applications by June 28, 2013.
*Only Cross-Examination Debate State Meet competitors advancing to the second day
elimination rounds as one of the top 16 teams may apply. For students who compete in the
Barbara Jordan Historical or Latino History Essay Competition, only state finalists are eligible to
2) Graduate from high school during the current year and begin college or university in Texas by the
following fall semester.
3) Attend an accredited college or university in Texas, take a 12 hour per term minimum course
load, and maintain a minimum 2.5 college grade point average. (Some donors require a higher
GPA and more hours per term.)
4) Submit a complete application, including all supplemental materials (transcript, SAT/ACT scores,
letter of recommendation, parents’ 1040 tax form), prior to the deadline.
The TILF applicant should rank high scholastically, preferably in the top 25 percent of their class. The
majority of TILF applicants fall in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes, and the majority score
1760 or higher on the SAT or 26 or higher on their ACT scores. This does not mean that students ranking
or scoring lower will not receive a scholarship, but their chances may be lessened, according to the years’
applicant pool. Financial need is a consideration by most TILF donors.
Applicants who are graduating under the State of Texas three-year graduation schedule should inform
TILF of that fact. Students who are entering the Texas Academy of Math and Science at the University of
North Texas in Denton will apply the year they complete their high school requirements at the TAMS.
The awards committee typically meets mid June and all applicants will be notified of their status by late
July of the application year.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Trudy Richards, TILF Scholarship Coordinator
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