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Memorial Academic Scholarships 

Scholarships Announcement

Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas

2-$1000 Scholarships Awarded Annually

2020-2021 Academic Year

The Tracy A. Smith Memorial Academic Scholarship was established to honor our past president. Tracy was very active in the Democratic Party and held many different offices including Wise County Democratic Chairman. She was an advocate for advancement of women and minorities in the community. She worked tirelessly to help others and to share her expert knowledge about democratic processes.

The Lucille W. Drain Memorial Academic Scholarship was established to honor the legacy of this strong, independent woman. She was a dedicated Democrat who served over thirty- five years on the Newark City Council with much of her term in office spent as Mayor Pro Tem. Lucille was a lifetime advocate for education for women and her many years of public service left a meaningful impact on her beloved community.

Qualifications for the Memorial Academic Scholarships

• A female permanent woman resident of a rural county in North Texas

• Will attend an accredited college, university or trade school

• Must have a grade point average of 2.5 or above

• Demonstrate financial need

• Available for interview if a finalist

Applicants must submit the following materials by May 30, 2020, to the Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas

P. O. Box 695, Decatur, Texas 76234

• Completed Application

• 500-word, hand printed in black ink, essay on Topic selected by TDWRNT

• Two letters of reference including one from a School Counselor or Principal that also verifies GPA and one from a teacher, clergyman, business person/business owner or other professional such as an attorney or physician.

Evaluation Criteria

• Financial need and recommendations – 50%

• Scholastic record – 20%

• Essay – 15%

• Interview – 15%

Academic Scholarships for Women 


Scholarship Amounts: $1,000.00 Lucille W. Drain Memorial Scholarship

$1,000.00 Tracy A. Smith Memorial Scholarship

Please PRINT your information on the lines provided.

Personal Background

_____________________________________________ _______________________

(applicant’s full name) (date of birth)

(physical address; no post office box numbers, please)

________________________ ___________________

(town) (zip code)

___________________ ___________________

(home phone no.) (cell phone no.—applicant’s or parent’s)

(email address—applicant’s or parent’s)

__________________________________________ __________________________

(parent or guardian’s full name) (daytime phone no.)

Academic Background

_______________________________ _____________________________

(expected date of graduation) (name of school/institution)


(cumulative G.P.A. as of today’s date)

Applicant plans to attend or is attending:

_____accredited two-year college

_____accredited four-year college/university

_____accredited trade school

_____not yet decided

**The Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas will award the two scholarships only to women who attend one of the above.

Financial Disclosure

$____________________ $____________________

(combined monthly net income of parents) OR (monthly net income of custodial parent)


(tuition assistance from other sources)

Letters of Recommendation

Please attach to this application TWO letters of recommendation, one from your school counselor or principal and the other from a clergy person, business person/business owner, or other professional such as an attorney or physician.

Short Essay

Imagine that you are a young woman living in America in 1919. Several months ago, you joined with other women in the fight to give women the right to vote (suffrage).

Your task as a member of this activist group is to write an essay explaining why women should have the right to vote. The editor of the local newspaper, who is supportive of women’s suffrage, has promised to publish it.

On separate sheets of ruled paper, HAND-PRINT IN BLACK INK a 500-word essay in which you explain with convincing arguments why women should have the right to vote.

Please send by U.S. mail your completed application, two letters of recommendation, and essay to:

Texas Democratic Women of

Rural North Texas

P. O. Box 695

Decatur, TX 76234

Attn: Scholarship Committee

Please include your name on all attachments.

Deadline for consideration is Saturday, May 30, 2020.