Scholar & Veteran Award

THE 2021 APPLICATION Process is Closed.

Scholar & Veteran Award Details

The Texas Business Hall of Fame presents scholar and veteran awards annually to students from participating Texas universities.

The Foundation’s mission is to sow seeds of our future by acknowledging and helping underwrite the promise that is being demonstrated by Texas business students. We accomplish this by assisting future business leaders pursuing their degrees in Texas schools by funding a scholar and veteran award program.

Please note that the TBHF Office will be in contact with you and with your Dean’s office regarding notification and the award process. A few things to note include:

  • Award notifications will be sent at the end of May
  • If selected, you will be required to attend the Scholar & Veteran Award Luncheon and Annual Induction Dinner to be held on the same day (see Induction Dinner page for dates and details)
  • If traveling from out of the city where the Luncheon and Dinner will be held, a portion of your travel expenses will be reimbursed, and a hotel room may be provided for you on the night of the Dinner
  • The award funds are payable to the student, not the university
  • The award is considered unrestricted, meaning recipients may use the funds for things other than tuition and supplies
  • The payment will be awarded at the Scholar & Veteran Award Luncheon in the fall; travel reimbursement will also be provided then
  • Once you receive your award, all scholar and veteran award recipients are eligible to become members of the TBHF Alumni Association

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Want your school to join?

Texas Universities interested in becoming involved or for any additional questions, please contact the TBHF Office.

Phone: 713-965-0566

TBHF is a Community

The TBHF Alumni Association is a community of former award recipients who have chosen to remain engaged with the Texas Business Hall of Fame.  Alumni members have the opportunity to share experiences, resources, and develop relationships with other alumni, TBHF Legends, and Directors.  We encourage all Alumni members to stay involved, attend networking events, and volunteer in various leadership capacities. 

Scholar & VETERAN Award Application & Process


  • The Application Process opens.
  • Please see the list of participating schools.
  • Interested students should contact the Dean’s Office of their program.
  • Dean’s Office will provide interested students the TBHF Award application form for completion and submission back to the Dean within the Dean’s specified timeline.
  • Dean’s Office will submit 3 eligible students’ applications to

March 8th

Deadline for applications to be submitted to TBHF.


Interviews with eligible students and TBHF Directors in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.


  • By the end of May, selected award recipients receive notification from TBHF.
  • Award recipients are required to attend the Annual Scholar & Veteran Award Luncheon in the fall where awards are presented.
  • Award recipients are required to attend the Annual Induction Dinner in the fall where TBHF inducts selected Texas businessmen/women into the Hall of Fame.  Scholar & Veteran Award recipients are recognized at this dinner.

Thank you to all of our Legends and Directors who participated in the 2021 Scholar & Veteran Award interviews.


  • Lucy Billingsley, 2017
  • Morton H. Meyerson, 2021
  • Harvey Najim, 2010
  • Gerald Smith, 2021


  • Todd Barth
  • Amanda Brock
  • Janet Campbell
  • Jim Collins
  • Kevin Cumming
  • Pat Frost
  • Brian Garrison
  • Carl Glaw
  • Vicky Gunning

  • Larry Hanrahan, MD, MBA
  • Christine Hollinden
  • Clay Jett
  • Jon Karp
  • Leigh Martin
  • Kirk McDonald
  • Reba Cardenas McNair
  • Diane McNulty, PhD
  • LaRhesa Moon

  • David Peacock
  • Norman Paul
  • Charles Philpott
  • Brad Rejebian
  • David Rodriguez
  • Rose Rougeau
  • John Sarvadi
  • Jason Signor


I made it to the interview with Jason McCann from Varidesk and it was terrific. The virtual set up worked seamlessly on my end, the Q&A using the message board was terrific and the interview itself was a fascinating look at a great entrepreneurial story. Really enjoyed it and looking forward to the next one.
Daniel Gamboa
Acton School of Business
Class of 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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