Blinn College District, Blinn Foundation announce new scholarship program for Washington County residents

Scholarship provides up to $1,000 in tuition support for in-district residents for up to one year after they graduate from high school or earn their high school equivalency

Washington County Scholarship

April 4, 2022

Participating in the announcement of the Blinn College Washington County Scholarship were (from left): Brent Thackerson, President, Miracle Farm; Dr. Edna Kennedy, Superintendent of Burton Independent School District; Charles Moser, Secretary, Blinn College District Board of Trustees; Tabatha Carey, Head of School, Legacy Christian School; Sam Sommer, Chair of the Blinn College Foundation Board of Directors; Sheila Suders, Principal, Citadel Christian School; Dr. Mary Hensley, Chancellor of the Blinn College District; Jim Kolkhorst, Chair of the Blinn College District Board of Trustees; Randy Wells, Blinn College District Trustee; Dr. Tylor Chaplin, Superintendent, Brenham Independent School District; Allison Bentke, Blinn College District Trustee; Douglas Borchardt, Blinn College District Trustee; and Rebecca Ehlert, Blinn College District Trustee.


Beginning this fall, a college education will be even more affordable for many Washington County residents.

The Blinn College District and Blinn College Foundation announced today a new scholarship that will provide up to $1,000 in tuition support for in-district students for up to one academic year. The scholarship covers both academic transfer and career and technical education courses, as well as both credit and non-credit courses. Students may use the scholarship to attend any Blinn campus or complete courses online.

“The Blinn College Washington County Scholarship is a welcome addition to Blinn’s mission to ensure access, affordability, and success for our students,” said Dr. Mary Hensley, Chancellor of the Blinn College District. “For Washington County residents, this scholarship provides funding support to help students begin pursuing their associate degree or gain the hands-on training they need to thrive in a variety of high-demand careers.”

“This program is made possible in part through funding from Fred J. and Edwina Day Hallstein,” said Sam Sommer, Chair of the Blinn College Foundation Board of Directors. “Mrs. Hallstein was a longtime foreign languages instructor at Blinn College and an active civic leader in Brenham, and this scholarship continues her legacy of supporting student success.”

The scholarship has no need requirements and disburses on a “last-dollar basis,” meaning that scholarship funds will be applied toward eligible students’ tuition costs after all other financial aid awards have been applied toward their balance. Scholarship funding covers up to 12 credit hours per semester and is available for up to one year after students have graduated high school or earned their high school equivalency.

To be eligible, students must:

  • be Texas residents who reside, pay taxes, or own property in Washington County for the past six consecutive months prior to registering for the semester they wish to attend,
  • have graduated from any public, private or home-school high school or earned their high school equivalency in December 2021 or later,
  • complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.gov,
  • apply to Blinn College at GoApplyTexas.org.
  • apply for the scholarship using the Endowed Scholarship Application at www.blinn.edu/scholarships,
  • and maintain a 2.0 Blinn College GPA (if applicable).

As educators, we continuously work to provide our students with a path to whatever future they desire,” said Dr. Tylor Chaplin, Superintendent of Brenham Independent School District. “With the Blinn College Washington County Scholarship, Blinn is removing a huge hurdle for many of our young people and providing access to opportunity.”

Dr. Edna Kennedy, Superintendent of Burton Independent School District, said, “The Blinn College Washington County Scholarship will provide Burton ISD students with additional opportunities for financial assistance to support and encourage postsecondary education plans. Burton ISD is proud of its ongoing partnerships with Blinn College and we appreciate being part of this exciting announcement.”

Sheila Suders, Principal of Citadel Christian School, said, “This scholarship, combined with the affordable tuition costs at Blinn, could change the trajectory of a student’s life who might not otherwise have chosen to attend college. Providing this scholarship for students in Washington County is more than a gift to the students who receive it; it’s a gift to the community.”

Tabatha Carey, Head of Legacy Christian School, said, “I am excited about the Blinn College Washington County Scholarship opportunity for my students. This scholarship will provide encouragement to graduates who otherwise might not consider higher education. I will certainly be recommending Blinn College to my students.”

Brent Thackerson, President of Miracle Farm, said, “Miracle Farm Boys Ranch enjoys partnering with Blinn College to help our boys start their vocational and educational careers. Our young men that are continuing their education after high school will need financial help, and the scholarship program at Blinn can help them achieve their goals.”

Hensley said Blinn hopes that with additional funding the College can expand the Blinn College Washington County Scholarship and create additional scholarships like it.

“This scholarship represents just the beginning of what we hope to offer students in the years to come,” she said. “With additional funding, we can expand this program to provide students more scholarship support, extend the eligibility period, and introduce similar scholarships to other counties within the Blinn service area.”

For more information regarding the Blinn College Washington County Scholarship, visit www.blinn.edu/scholarships/washington-county.html.

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