Permian Basin Area Foundation Announces Scholarship Application Process for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

MIDLAND, Texas – Permian Basin Area Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of AcademicWorks, an online scholarship application platform, for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year. Beginning this week, students and counselors can view eligibility, selection criteria, and apply for scholarships online at the Foundation’s website, In 2016, Permian Basin Area Foundation awarded $595,501 in scholarships from more than 80 scholarship funds. The Foundation anticipates awarding approximately half a million dollars for the 2017-2018 academic year. “Going forward, the Foundation will accept only applications submitted through the AcademicWorks system,” explained Vicki Rice, scholarships and donor relations. “This scholarship management information system provides an efficient and secure platform through which students can apply for dozens of Foundation scholarships. All students are required to create an AcademicWorks user account prior to accessing the General Scholarship Application.” Unless otherwise specified, the completed electronic scholarship application must be received by Permian Basin Area Foundation no later than March 31, 2017. Likewise, supporting documents and Reference Evaluation Forms are due by the March 31st deadline. To learn more about scholarships, grants, and the philanthropic work of donors partnering with Permian Basin Area Foundation, visit or call 432.617.3213.  
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Permian Basin Area Foundation announces $1,005,000 in year-end grants

December 15, 2016 – MIDLAND, Texas – Permian Basin Area Foundation announced a total of $1,005,000 in grant awards to regional nonprofit organizations during a news conference held today at the Saulsbury Campus Center, Odessa College. Of that amount, $911,500 was awarded to semi-annual competitive grant recipients. “It’s been a challenging year by any standard, particularly for area nonprofits. In spite of that, these organizations continue to make critical and positive contributions to countless lives here in West Texas,” said Andrew Semer, a member of the Foundation’s Grants Committee. “Every year brings new milestones in the number served and the quality of programs offered. In terms of human capital, their investment in the people of West Texas is priceless.” “To those who share of their time and resources—our donors, the staff, Board members and volunteers of our multitude of nonprofit organizations—we thank you for your ceaseless dedication, passion, and generosity.” Semer introduced Grants Committee members Sandy Louder, Darlene Mays, Jan O’Neill, Carolyn Stone and Carolyn Tripp who presented grant awards to 29 area nonprofit organizations:
  • Alpine Christian School
  • Alzheimer's Association West Texas Chapter
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland
  • Buckner Children & Family Services
  • Casa de Amigos of Midland
  • Chinati Foundation
  • George W. Bush Childhood Home
  • Harmony Home Children's Advocacy Center
  • High Sky Children's Ranch
  • The Immunization Project
  • Junior League of Midland
  • Keep Midland Beautiful
  • Manor Park
  • MARC, Inc.
  • McDonald Observatory
  • Midland Children's Rehabilitation Center
  • Midland Rape Crisis & Children's Advocacy Center
  • Mission Center Adult Day Service
  • North Side Movement - Big Spring
  • Odessa Chamber of Commerce
  • Odessa Christian School
  • Odessa College Foundation
  • Odessa Community Foundation - Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza
  • Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
  • Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse
  • Salvation Army of Midland
  • Texas Lions Camp, Inc.
  • Ward County Greater Works, Inc.
  • Yucca Blossom Montessori Community
 “In addition to making these competitive grant awards, the Foundation is pleased to announce grants totaling $93,500 from the Midland Housing Trust Fund,” said Carolyn Tripp.  “The purpose of this endowment is to promote safe, clean and affordable housing opportunities and to support the development of housing resources for low income and other disadvantaged individuals residing in Midland County.” “I want to thank the many donors who choose to partner with Permian Basin Area Foundation,” said Aaron Bedell, executive associate of the Foundation. “Since the Foundation was established in 1989, these partnerships with donors have culminated in assets totaling over $120 million.” “Perhaps more importantly,” explained Bedell, “are the outcomes the Foundation and its donors have throughout West Texas communities. Grants, scholarships, and distributions are projected to exceed $7.3 million in 2016. Since 1989, the Foundation grants and scholarships total more than $83 million. Each of those dollars represents a positive impact on the life of every person touched by our nonprofit organizations.” Permian Basin Area Foundation announces awards following review of applications submitted in the spring and fall competitive grant cycles.  Spring grant pre-applications must be received by the Foundation on or before April 1, 2017.  Application information is available on the Foundation website. 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. For more information on how you can make an investment in our community or your favorite charity, contact Guy McCrary or Aaron Bedell at (432) 617-3213.
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Continuing a Legacy of Community Giving

Since 1989, 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 multi-county region of West Texas.