Scholarship Dinner honors recipients and donors

MIDLAND, Texas – Permian Basin Area Foundation announced $356,525 in scholarship awards at its 17th Annual Scholarship Dinner held today at the Midland County Horseshoe. Approximately 250 students, parents, donors, and community leaders attended this year’s event. Renee’ Henderson Earls, a community leader, volunteer and champion of education was the guest speaker. One hundred seventy-five scholarship awards were presented to students from communities throughout the Permian Basin region. These were made possible by generous donors to the Foundation’s more than 70 endowed scholarship funds. “Since 1990, Permian Basin Area Foundation has provided scholarship awards totaling more than $2.6 million,” said Larry Edgerton, chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Governors. In acknowledging the contributions of Foundation’s donors, Edgerton said, “Your commitment and generosity provide excellent educational opportunities for students today and for future generations of West Texans. Thank you for your support in creating permanent resources for education.” “Communities in the Permian Basin can be justifiably proud of these young men and women,” noted Guy McCrary, Foundation president and CEO. “If an organization or individuals are looking for a way to make an investment in the future of our communities, supporting education for our youth is a wonderful fund choice.” Awards from the Foundation’s scholarship funds for the upcoming academic year are:

PBAF Scholars (listed by home community of recipients)


Wes-Tex Telephone Co-op Scholarship - Caleb Thomasson

 Andover, KS

Permian Basin Geophysical Society Scholarship - Jack Womble


Kristin Corbin Memorial Scholarship - Yahir Cuevas, Jose Luna Amy Gardner Memorial “Louis Armstrong” Scholarship - Ramon Gardea Donnie Munsell Memorial Scholarship - Xavier Fernandez, Brandon Lingnau


Permian Basin Scholarship for Petroleum Engineering - Scott Rasmussen

Big Lake

Wes-Tex Telephone Cooperative Scholarship - J. Riggs

Big Spring

Della and Tom Campbell Family Scholarship - Logan Yarbar Wes-Tex Telephone Cooperative Scholarship - Clara Benavides, Jessica Goodger

 Carlsbad, NM

Cole Williams Memorial Scholarship - James Munoz


Marie Hall Scholarship - Judson Chevalier


Marie Hall Scholarship - Reid Braden

 Cushing, OK

Charliene Giddeon Cox Memorial Scholarship - Ashley Potter


Permian Basin Geophysical Society Scholarship - Trudy Watkins

Dayton, NV

Permian Basin Geophysical Society Scholarship - Mikayla Story

 Denver City

Association of Energy Service Companies Scholarship - Karla Olivas

Durango, CO

Ted G. Roden Memorial Scholarship of Standards Sales Co - Macee Storer


Wes-Tex Telephone Cooperative Scholarship - Jansen McDonald


Wes-Tex Telephone Cooperative Scholarship - Tanner Richey

Garden City

Wes-Tex Telephone Cooperative Scholarship - Peyton Schaefer


Ward County Community Scholarship - Joe Brandenburg

 Hobbs, NM

Permian Honor Scholarship - Tyler Janecka


Permian Basin Geophysical Society Scholarship - Malleswara Yenugu


Permian Basin Geophysical Society Scholarship - Veronica Guzman

 Lapwai, ID

Riddle Family Scholarship - Anthony Williams


Association of Energy Service Companies Scholarship - Ernest Lee


Gordon and Inez Stone Memorial Scholarship - Jack Kennady

Lewistown, ID

Riddle Family Scholarship - Chelsey Leighton


Permian Basin Geophysical Society Scholarship - Kathleen Gates Ted G. Roden Memorial Scholarship of Standards Sales Co - Russell DeWaters, Kari Wilson

Mattoon, IL

Laura Catherine Van Gundy Young Memorial Scholarship - Matthew Anderson, Jared Armer, Trisha Rentschler


Thelma Windham Scholarship - Coy Hall


Association of Energy Service Companies Scholarship - Emily Dye, Rae Piazza, Jacob Smith Tyler Berry Memorial Soccer Scholarship - Ethan Baltier, Blair Lewis Candy Sue Bowers Memorial Scholarship - Jake Parrish Geraldine Longbotham Bowers Memorial Scholarship - Landan Dory Bulldog Excel Scholarship - Rudjy Ponceja Patricia Cobb Memorial Scholarship - Anne Bergman, Jake Parrish Frank Cowden, Jr. Memorial Scholarship - Zachary Andrews Dawson Geophysical Scholarship - Christian Black, Alexander Dalton, Evan Stoelzel Mary Frances “Chan” Driscoll Kappa Alpha Theta Sch - Kelcie Mann Nancy Jo Mims Geers Memorial Scholarship - Alexandria Barr Marie Hall Scholarship - Landon Bell, Carla Reed, Kyria Sun, Eddie Vargas Gene Douglas Hawley Memorial Scholarship - Holland Hardie John & Rose Marie Healy Memorial Scholarship - Diane Vu Elizabeth Henry Memorial Scholarship - Meagan Worrell Clayton Welch Henson Memorial Scholarship - Kyle Rimer, Mayson Thompson Daniel Parker Herd Memorial Scholarship - Brittany Frantz, Jessica Hernandez Bob & Bobbie HBill Scholarship - Gerald Adkins Grace Loveless Jones Scholarship - Morgan McDonald Shannon S. Lea Memorial Scholarship - Brittany Frantz Randy Lee Scholarship - Wesley Davis, Corbin McCullough, Mayson Thompson Midland Reunion 2000 Scholarship - Haley Rhodes Midland Texas Tech University Alumni Scholarship - Christiana Lee Bill Mims Memorial Scholarship - Ethan Harwell Joe E. Morales Memorial Scholarship - Stephen Reid Katy and Paul Morrow Scholarship - Sydney Ramirez Ann and Roy Northern Memorial Scholarship - Channing Harrell Tommy Norwood Memorial Scholarship - Landan Dory Joe M. Parsley Engineering Scholarship - William McCraney Permian Honor Scholarship - Rebecca Brewer, Stephanie Brewer, Samantha Edwards, Reaghan Reid, Daisy Ruiz James C. Pitts, Jr. Memorial Scholarship -  Logan Pitts Blanche Plunkett Memorial Scholarship - Hugo Arenas, Abbey Grimes, Megan Sitzman Jacob Power Fighting Rebel Memorial Scholarship - David Cook Brian A. Semple Memorial Scholarship - Sherry Chen, Blair Lewis, Noah Thacher Sharyland Utilities Scholarship - Brantley Harrington, Phillip Pipkin Todd Shiplet Memorial Scholarship - Reilly Gwin Daffy Tabor Memorial Scholarship - Samantha Kail Patrick Wayland Memorial Scholarship - Stephen Reid Wes-Tex Telephone Cooperative Scholarship - Megan Sitzman Philip Wickman Memorial Scholarship - Corbin McCullough


Association of Energy Service Companies Scholarship - Melanie Pogue Marie Hall Scholarship - Brady Lujan Stephen Neace Memorial Scholarship - Cassidy Taylor Permian Basin Geophysical Society Scholarship - Brady Lujan Permian Honor Scholarship - Randy Munoz, Melanie Pogue, Cassidy Taylor, Alexander Wetzig, Madelyn Woods Ward County Community Scholarship - Christian Gonzales, Sara Poor,Kaitlyn Simpson, Jovan Subia,Madelyn Woods


Floyd & Mary Burris Memorial Scholarship - Caleb Wood

 North Richland Hills

Permian Basin Geophysical Society Scholarship - Meredith Calogero


Association of Energy Service Companies Scholarship - Brittani Law Judge Lucius Bunton Memorial Law Scholarship - Trent Holbrook Marie Hall Scholarship - Angelica Mijares Daryl Lynn Hunt Memorial Scholarship  - Jorrion Wilson Cindy B. Jenkins Scholarship -  Shiann Hernandez, Caitlynn Williams  Grace and Bob King Scholarship - Nakira Jones, Meredith Smiley, Cristina Valenzuela Madhuri Vindhya Kumar Memorial Scholarship - Alexandria Faubion, Jordan Jones,Eliana Melendez Madhuri Vindhya Kumar Memorial Nursing Scholarship - Teri Wagnon, Gaybrielle Zuniga Joe M. Parsley Engineering Scholarship - Emily Pack Permian Basin Scholarship for Petroleum Engineering - Jordan Morris Permian Honor Scholarship - Gerardo Aguilar, Dakota Baker, Ivan Carbajal, Maloree Hinesly, Hope Lopez, Patrick Pippins, Chelcee Robinson, Megan Smiley, Mackenzie Stone, Pedro Torres Curtis Pool Scholarship - Kristopher Garcia Mary Spannaus Memorial Medical Education Scholarship - Amanda Daly

 Olive Branch, MS

Ted G. Roden Memorial Scholarship of Standard Sales Co - Brittany Bynum


Permian Honor Scholarship - Sawyer Benavidez

 Pueblo, CO

Ted G. Roden Memorial Scholarship of Standard Sales Co - Zachary Acosta, Sydney Gettel, Austin Payne


Thelma Windham Scholarship - Alejandra Hernandez, Brittany Templeton

 San Angelo

Permian Basin Geophysical Society Scholarship - Denine Calvin


Ted G. Roden Memorial Scholarship of Standard Sales Co - Taylor Polk


Association of Energy Service Companies Scholarship - Lino Villanueva IV

 Southaven, MS

Ted G. Roden Memorial Scholarship of Standard Sales Co - ToiCheyanne Beckworth, Cullen Richardson


Connell Family Scholarship - Rachel Billett, Laci Dugan, Kesley Jones, Ethan Mauldin Dawson Geophysical Scholarship - Josue Rodriguez Bob & Dorothy Deavenport Scholarship -  Christian Arndt J. Alex & Ruby Haggard Scholarship  - Shelby Gordon Clayton Welch Henson Memorial Scholarship - Isaak Unger Prentiss & Leona Hightower Memorial Scholarship - Andres Chavez Grace Loveless Jones Scholarship - Sarah Baker Roy & Clarice Martin Scholarship  -  Darrel Smith Jimmie & Dorothy Mashburn Scholarship - Benjamin Barrera Dan & Billye Saunders Scholarship - Brandon Almanza Stanton Lions Club Scholarship - Karina Escamilla, Logan Fryar Gordon & Inez Stone Memorial Scholarship - Selah Ramsey Wes-Tex Telephone Cooperative Scholarship - Isaak Unger, Shelby Gordon J.M. Yater Memorial Scholarship - Sarah Matthews


Johnny Peugh Memorial Scholarship - Charmynee Arnold


Marie Hall Scholarship - Katelyn Shackelford Permian Honor Scholarship - Katelyn Shackelford Permian Basin Area Foundation facilitates the creation of permanent charitable funds in partnership with many donors and provides grants to address community needs and enrich the quality of life in the Permian Basin.  Since its creation in 1989, the Foundation has awarded more than $50 million in grants and scholarships. For more information about the Foundation, including how to apply for grants and scholarships, visit its website at  

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Spring 2013 grant awards total $850,737

MIDLAND, Texas – Permian Basin Area Foundation announced $850,737 in grant awards to regional nonprofit organizations during a news conference held today at Midland County Public Library, Centennial Library. "The good work of nonprofit organizations is evident every day in our communities,” said Kathy Clark, a member of the Foundation’s Board of Governors and Grants Committee. “Today, the Foundation announces $850,737 in grants to area nonprofit organizations. “These nonprofits enrich the quality of life we enjoy here in the Permian Basin. The volunteers and staff of these nonprofits reflect the character and the caring nature of West Texans. It is an honor and privilege for the Foundation and its donors to partner with these organizations. “ Clark introduced Grants Committee members Carolyn Stone and Darlene Mays who presented grant awards to 37 area nonprofit organizations:

  • Buckner Children and Family Services
  • Buffalo Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Bush Tennis Center
  • Bynum School                                                                    
  • CASA of West Texas
  • Centers for Children & Families
  • Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin
  • Family Promise of Midland
  • Friends of Big Bend National Park
  • Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library
  • Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest
  • Greater Ideal Family Life Center
  • Junior Achievement of the Permian Basin
  • Junior League of Midland
  • Kaleidoscope Ministries
  • Learning Ally
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas
  • Midland African American Roots Historical/Cultural Arts Council
  • Midland College Foundation
  • Midland Community Healthcare Services
  • Midland County Public Library Foundation
  • Midland Fair Havens
  • Midland Festival Ballet
  • Midland Gem and Mineral Society
  • Midland/Odessa Area AIDS Support 
  • Midland Teen Court
  • New Horizons Ranch and Center
  • Odessa College Foundation
  • Odessa Links
  • Permian Basin Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame
  • Safe Place of the Permian Basin
  • Sharing Hands A Respite Experience (SHARE)
  • UMC Foundation
  • United Way of Odessa
  • University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  • Unlock Ministries
Guy McCrary, Foundation president and CEO, spoke briefly about the impact of the Foundation in the Permian Basin region.  “In the past two decades, thanks to the generosity of donors, your community foundation has grown to include 254 permanent funds, serving communities in a 22-county region, McCrary explained.“Since inception, the Foundation has awarded nearly $50 million in grants and scholarships. This investment in our West Texas communities is evidence of the kindness, compassion, and generosity of donors.  Thank you to each one of you.” Semi-annually, Permian Basin Area Foundation announces competitive grant awards following review of applications submitted in the spring and fall.  Fall grant pre-applications are due in the Foundation’s offices on or before October 1, 2013.

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Building a Legacy of Community Giving

For more than two decades, Permian Basin Area Foundation has served as this region’s community foundation. Promoting a philosophy of “giving where you live,” the Foundation partners with generous donors to leave a lasting impact in communities throughout a 22-county region of West Texas.