The British American Foundation of Texas (BATFX), established by the British American Business council (BABC) in 2006. The Foundation was started with the intent to support and highlight cultural opportunities for academically gifted students who are confronted with financial challenges that are prohibitive of achieving their educational goals. BATFX’s mission statement is: “To light an awareness of the opportunities available culturally and to affirm a commitment to the academically gifted, yet financially disadvantaged youth of today, encouraging them to become our global leaders of tomorrow”. Using their mission, the Foundation has worked at developing scholarships for middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate students. British American Foundation of Texas has worked hard over the past 14 years to create partnerships with educational institutions, corporate sponsors to provide gifted and hardworking financially struggling students with opportunity.
Since the Foundation strongly believes that education and especially travel provides the experiential learning environment that opens the mind and broadens the view of possibilities, BATFX accepts the student as they are and realizes that they will need a bigger push up and forward. In that vein, every effort is made by the staff to help students change their lives through defining the student’s purpose on the world stage. Achieving this ambitious outcome happens not only by providing scholarships but also by working one-on-one with students to help guide their inner voices and adjust their mindset to reflect the notion they are able to accomplish the same goals and dreams as students who grew up in situations of financial abundance. There are several scholarship opportunities with BATFX. Through its primary philanthropic focus is in the field of Science and Technology and International Business, the Foundation offers Junior Achievers Award, a summer study abroad program for children in the Houston area, The Wood Mackenzie – BAFTX Energy Award that assists low-income students to pay for college fees, The Graduate Award that helps students from Texas or Great Britain study abroad and engage in some practical experiences through internships at one of the member-organizations. Finally, the Foundation offers the Undergraduate Award for lower income families in Texas. The award is a general scholarship for all students who meet the financial and academic criteria and who are engaged in approved areas of study.
British American Foundation of Texas Undergraduate Scholarship covers the cost of one year’s semester of tuition, books, fees, room, and board. The application is located on the Foundation’s website. Applicants must be a legal resident of Texas and or the United Kingdom, be majoring in science, technology or international business and have a minimum GPA of 3.25. The application consists of some basic biographical information followed with a financial documentation requirement. Financial documents include a budget for attending the university any other forms of financial awards to be received, such as Financial Aid, Grants, Scholarships and personal earnings that will be contributed to the help defray the cost of the education. Students are requested to submit a transcript with cumulative GPA displayed, letters of recommendation, and an essay. The scholarship deadline is March 31, 2017.