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Dwayne Billingsley Memorial Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

The Texas Sign Association has established a scholarship program to assist its member companies’ employees and employees’ children who plan to continue education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the Dwayne Billingsley Memorial Scholarship Program must:

  • Applicants must be full-time employees or dependent* children, age 35 and under, of full time employees of a TSA member company and have a minimum of one year of employment with the company as of the application deadline date.
    *Dependent children are defined as natural and legally adopted children or stepchildren living in the employee’s household or primarily supported by the employee.
  • Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a full time** undergraduate course of study at an accredited two year or four year college, university or vocational-technical school.
    **Full-time study is defined as full-time enrollment for the entire upcoming academic year.

For college seniors, you can complete a Summer and Fall application for your last year as long as you attend at least 12 credit hours each semester.


The authorized distribution for new awards is $47,500.

  • One (1) $3,000 Lonnie Stabler Community Service Scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates a history of community service and volunteerism.
  • One (1) $2,000 Platinum Sponsor Scholarship will be awarded.
  • Eight (8) $2,500 Dwyane Billingsley Memorial Scholarship awards of each will be granted to students attending a 2-year or 4-year college or university.
  • Two (2) awards of $2,500 each, will be granted to TSA Comp Group dependents.
  • Seven* (7) $2,500 Technical awards will be granted to students a vocational/technical school.

*Additional awards may be granted to students attending a 2-year or 4-year college or university, if all awards are not granted to students attending a vocational/technical school.

A maximum of three awards may be granted to students who reside outside the state of Texas.

Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified in May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of the Texas Sign Association. Payment is made in August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need is not considered.

Recipients will be asked to submit a 200 word essay on the benefits of quality signs when notified of their status in May.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of the Texas Sign Association play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

    NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than April 4, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

The Texas Sign Association has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!

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