Each year, the Town Lake (TX) Chapter selects a graduating African American High School senior, from the Austin metropolitan area, to receive the Town Lake (TX) Chapter Scholarship. The student must be in the top quartile of their class with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, graduating under the Recommended High School Plan and be involved in extracurricular activities. Financial need is also considered. Recipients receive a $5,000 annual scholarship for four years, for a total of $20,000. Additionally, the Chapter supports Huston-Tillotson University and Austin Community College with $2,500 scholarship awards to deserving students with academic promise.
The Town Lake (TX) Chapter will review applications from African American high school seniors attending a university or college in the Summer or Fall of 2019. Applicants must meet the following criteria.
Be in the top quartile of class rank (3.0 GPA or higher)
Be graduating under the Recommended High School Plan
Be involved in extra-curricular activities
Financial need is considered
Relatives of The Links, Incorporated are ineligible to participate as a candidate for the scholarship
All applicants need to disclose if they are related to a member of The Links, Incorporated and if so, how are they related
Only completed applications will be considered. Applications must include:
completed application with one-page essay;
official high school transcript;
original photograph; and
a letter of recommendation from the student’s counselor or a teacher.
Annual scholarship awarded in two semester payments will be sent directly to the college/university. The scholarship recipient is required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 each year. Applications MUST be RECEIVED no later than March 25, 2019. Finalists will be invited to meet before the Scholarship Committee. Recipient will be notified and asked to attend an event in June to receive the scholarship award.
The Town Lake (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, selected Eastside Memorial Early College High School senior William Norwood to receive The Town Lake (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated 2018 College Scholarship.
William will attend Earlham College and major in Environmental Science. He plans on working at an environmental company after graduating and eventually teaching at a middle school “to not only teach the youth but to inspire and influence them to do great things.”
Scholarship recipients we are currently supporting
Louisiana State University
The University of Texas at San Antonio
“The Town Lake Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has truly been a blessing to me with the college scholarship. Because of their generosity and faith in me, I have the ability to complete my undergraduate degree and pursue a professional engineering degree. The Town Lake (TX) Chapter is a prestigious and charitable organization responsible for helping Austin ISD black students achieve higher education, and I am so proud to be a part of it.”
– John Williams, 2013 Recipient
“I appreciate The Links’ continued support in financing my college education. It’s hard to believe that I will actually be graduating in May! I’ve been very fortunate to attend this school and I will truly remember my experience here at Washington University. I’ve even been fortunate enough to have already found a job! I recently accepted a position from Mercer Human Capital Consulting in Chicago, IL as a Consulting Analyst with a start date of August 2008. I’m truly blessed to be in this position at this point in my senior year, and I attribute much of that to my education and background experiences throughout my college career as well as the support I’ve received from the Town Lake (TX) Chapter of The Links, Inc.”