Mary Balch Scholarship

The award for the Mary Balch scholarship is $250.

We are happy to announce that the Everman Education Foundation Board has decided to add an additional $1000 for the 2022–2023 School year.

Scholarship Description

The Mary Balch Endowed Scholarship was created and established by the Balch family and friends. This scholarship is a loving memorial to her life. All gifts and donations designated for this scholarship shall become a part of its corpus.

Mary Balch was passionate about education. She earned her degree from the University of North Texas. She was an educator in Everman ISD for 45 years. She was a classroom teacher for 26 of those years, teaching kindergarten, first, and fourth grades. She served 12 years as an instructional specialist and spent 7 years as the district dyslexia specialist. Her dedication to education changed countless lives. Through this endowed scholarship, her legacy will continue to change lives.

Scholarship Intent

The Mary Balch Scholarship is intended for student scholarships to attend a post-secondary two-year or four-year college or university or a trade school or technical institute. Any Everman ISD graduate who attended Bishop Elementary will be considered for this scholarship.

Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship recipients of the Mary Balch Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded based on:

  1. Completed highest grade at Bishop

  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.75

  3. Extra-curricular activities

  4. Participation in community service

  5. Leadership

  6. Maintain a consistent personal value system with no ethical or conduct issues

  7. Recognized financial need

  8. Accepted into a two or four years college, trade school or technical institute.

  9. Preference will be given to a student challenged with dyslexia.

Other Aspects Regarding the Scholarship

  1. Diversity will be honored in the selection of recipients.

  2. Financial need will be considered in awarding the scholarship.

  3. Based on earnings of the corpus, the Everman Education Foundation may award more than one scholarship.

  4. The Mary Balch Scholarship is a one-time award and is not available for further awards to the same student. Subsequent awards in later years will be dependent on available funding.

Provisions for Application

A student making application for the Mary Balch Scholarship shall provide the following materials:

  1. Letter of Application

  2. High School Transcript

  3. Three letters of recommendation or reference

  4. Application due no later than May 3.

Scholarship Selection

A scholarship committee composed of representatives from Everman Education Foundation, Joe C. Bean and The Academy High School Administration and Faculty shall review all applications and make a final selection for award. The decision of the selection committee is final and not subject to appeal. Announcement of the scholarship recipient will be made at the annual Senior Awards Program and/or the community Baccalaureate program.

Provisions for Payment

A check for $625 will be issued from the Everman Education Foundation to the college or university upon evidence of enrollment as a full-time student and acknowledgment from the student. Funds are payable on or before the 12th day of the fall and 12th day of the spring semester.