How to Support

Attend Our Induction Dinner

Everyone is welcome to attend the Annual Induction Dinner, honoring Texas’ foremost past, present and future business leaders. Through table and ticket purchases, the TBHF is able to achieve its mission and continue to provide scholar awards through the Future Legends Scholar Award Program.  To learn more about supporting the Induction Dinner, please visit the Induction Dinner page.


Become a Director at the Texas Business Hall of Fame

  • Network with colleagues across Texas
  • Serve on various committees
  • Work with Texas Business Legends
  • Conduct scholar award interviews with top entrepreneurs around the state

Invest In The Future

Investing in our future Texas business leaders is a winning bet.  Contributions to the Scholar Award Program plays a key role in the growth and health of future Texas communities. Since the introduction of the Scholar Award Endowment Program, we have awarded over 700 entrepreneurial students around our state with a Future Texas Legend award.  Today, we provide 36, $15,000 awards around the state on an annual basis.  Those numbers continue to grow each year.  Not only are students awarded this prize as part of our larger Hall of Fame induction event, they are forever part of the Hall of Fame network.  Many of our Scholars continue to play an active role in the organization–as either Scholar Alumni Association member, Hall of Fame Directors, and even Business Legends.


About our Future Legends Scholar Award Program

For over 30 years, to further our mission, we honor Inductees into the TBHF at our Annual Induction Dinner and award $15,000 scholar awards to outstanding Texas college and university students, encouraging them to put their talent, skills and entrepreneurial spirit to work in Texas. To date, we have inducted into the TBHF more than 175 outstanding business leaders and awarded over 700 scholar awards to the “best of the best” Texas business students.  The world is getting more competitive every day. For Texas to stay competitive, we must do more to identify, encourage and promote the future leaders of Texas business.

The selection process for scholar award recipients is rigorous and is designed to include our Directors. The deans of Business Programs across Texas nominate three candidates that they believe exemplify our ideals of outstanding business leadership and philanthropic spirit. Once the candidates are selected, Texas Business Hall of Fame Director volunteers conducts interviews and rank finalists based on their entrepreneurial and leadership merit.

The Texas Business Hall of Fame, in an effort to better understand and demonstrate the individual and community benefits of our scholar award program, conducted a survey of our scholar alumni in 2018. Our focus was on the values of the Texas Business Hall of Fame, namely community leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and personal integrity. The results of the survey were compared to similar findings within their peer group (Texas residents with a Bachelor’s degree or higher). What we discovered was enlightening and exciting.  Our alumni are strong leaders, at work and in the community, taking the initiative and managing a greater number of employees.  Compared to their college-educated peers,  they have a much higher inclination to be leaders within larger organizations or found their own businesses.  They also demonstrate a strong focus on community involvement and enthusiasm for giving back.


Make a contribution

It requires a group of successful, forward-thinking business leaders who love Texas to step up and make meaningful investments into our future Texas business leaders by making gifts of cash, stock, challenge grants, and planned gifts to the TBHF Scholar Award Program.  If you would like to donate a Hall of Fame scholar award or support the scholar award program, please contact Meredith Walker at mwalker@texasbusiness.org or call our  office at 713-960-1820.


Scholar Testimonials

We have moments in life that make a real impact– that help define and shape who we are and give opportunities. 1995 was one of those for me, when the Texas Business Hall of Fame granted me a scholarship at a time where I had a lot of drive but little income. My goal will be to come full circle – one day when I am inducted, representing the growing number of women and their contributions to the business landscape of our great state, I will feel I have repaid the debt or brought it full circle.
Kimberly Haley-Coleman
University of Dallas
Class of 1995

The scholarship has made, and continues to make, a large impact on my entrepreneurial career. In particular, the scholarship has enabled me to expand my mobile development business, and with it I am having some exciting successes. I’m also now in the planning stages for a severe weather notification service that will be the first of its kind, with the goal of providing specific, actionable, short-term information to the general public. Again, I can’t thank you all enough for the incredible blessing of the TBHF scholarship, and I am excited to see how it will continue to impact and encourage my goals.
James Skidmore
Texas A&M University
Class of 2011

The TBHF scholarship made a huge impact in my life. I just graduated from business school and started a company, Escapaide Travel. I used the scholarship toprovide seed funding for this. My goal in going to business school was to launch a start-up, and this scholarship allowed me to make my dream a reality! I just started, but stay tuned on the outcome…
Andrew Allen
University of Texas, Austin
Class of 2011

I was able to use the contacts that I met through the Texas Business Hall of Fame to complete my capital requirements and open PediaPlex to help the families throughout the DFW metroplex. I am honored and proud to be a past scholarship recipient of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity that TBHF provided for me!
Sonia Kirkpatrick
University of Dallas
Class of 2011

My scholarship has most impacted my life and career by completely paying for my MBA degree. That degree, in turn, helped me acquire my current position, which I may not have qualified for based on experience alone (having just graduated after going straight through from undergraduate to graduate school). As a young adult in my mid-twenties, I count myself fortunate to have already earned both degrees and to have a stable job (that I love) in this uncertain economy. My TBHF scholarship was definitely a factor in both of these, and for that I am thankful
Meghan A. Burton
Sam Houston State University
Class of 2010

This scholarship and other feats at UH gave me boosted confidence to apply for a one-year Masters in Global Management program at Thunderbird School of Global Management, which I completed this past April. I am now working for Jones Lang LaSalle as a Consultant in our Latin America Regional Operations, and serving as the company’s Panama and Central America transactions office…
Justin Boyar
University of Houston
Class of 2010

One of the other huge benefits of being a recipient of the scholarship was meeting these titans of industry and getting the chance, even if just for a day, to rub shoulders with them and hear their stories. Some told a tale of a meteoric rise to the top only to lose everything and then have to start over again. Others had a story of slow, methodical growth in which they slowly built market share over the span of decades. Either way, it was great to learn from both their successes and failures. Seeing how successful they have been and how much they have given back to the local community through philanthropy gave me as a small business owner something to strive for.
Tim Bates
University of Houston
Class of 2004

I was a proud, honored recipient in my MBA days of a generous scholarship. That scholarship came at a time in my life when I was very poor, where a flat tire or a high light bill could ruin my budget. When I graduated from law school I had a mountain of debt. But that debt was reduced dollar for dollar by the scholarship you gave. And so, I was able to retire that student debt quicker and move on in my life to more valuable pursuits sooner than I otherwise could have. Looking back, then, the scholarship accelerated my life. So, thank you.
Jonathan Simon
Baylor University
Class of 1996