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There is no question that the Texas Ranger Association Foundation Scholarship Program continues to impact the children of active Texas Rangers!
This 2016 Fall Class represents one of our largest with 50 students being awarded a scholarship. There are 35 returning students and 15 new students, representing a total of $98,500 being designated.
With the increased number of Texas Rangers across the State, we anticipate that this number of scholarships should stay consistent for the next several years.
Each full-time student receives $2,000 per semester and is required to make a 2.0 grade point each semester to continue the scholarship. The average grade point of our Spring semester students was a 3.26!
Since 1989, the Foundation Has Awarded Over $1.8 million in Scholarships to Over 260 Students.
Sisters Caitlyn and Wendi Locklar
Sisters Caitlyn and Wendi Locklar
Wendi Leigh Locklar is a sophomore at Texas A&M University at College Station. She plans to major in Visualization, with her goal to become a concept artist.
She is active in the professional organization ACM SIGGRAPH, which allows her to network with future colleagues in her desired profession. This past summer she was employed at Prude Youth Camp as an art director.
“This scholarship has really helped me be able to afford pursuing my dream of working for Pixar Animation Studios. I am very grateful that this opportunity has been given to me.”
– Wendi Locklar
Wendi’s older sister, Caitlyn Locklar, was also a TRAF Scholarship recipient. She is currently attending Texas
A&M with two Accounting majors and she is scheduled for graduation in May, 2017.
She is involved in several student organizations including Aggie Women in Leadership. She also served as a team member and risk management officer on the Texas A&M Sailing Team. Following graduation Caitlyn will be employed by Price Waterhouse Coopers in Austin.
Wendi and Caitlyn are the daughters of Texas Ranger Burleigh Locklar Jr, HQ Company.
Morgan Lyn Gooding
Morgan Lyn Gooding
Morgan Lyn Gooding is a junior at Texas A&M University at College Station. He plans to major in general studies with the intention of committing to Applied Exercise Science under the Department of Health & Kinesiology.
He plans to become a physical therapist and personal trainer to help rehabilitate and strengthen people in need.
Morgan has been an active volunteer with the Texas Ranger Association Foundation, most recently at the Co. F Texas Ranger Classic. Along with his father, Texas Ranger Trampas Gooding, they assisted with a shooting station and were successful in securing donations while adding lots of fun to the overall experience for each team.
“By awarding me the TRAF scholarship you have lightened my financial burden so that I may depend less on the financial assistance of my parents and become more of an independent adult. Your generosity has motivated me to do my very best, while making sure to stay involved and give back to my community.”
– Morgan Gooding
We are very proud to be “Founders” for the Ashley Stevenson Memorial Scholarship. Ashley was the daughter of Texas Ranger Scott Stevenson who serves in the Lubbock area. Ashley was a TRAF scholarship recipient while she attended Texas A&M and wonderful young lady.
Her scholarship was established in 2014 to honor Ashley Stevenson and to continue her legacy of excellence, generosity and service.
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The Retired Ranger Reunion is one of the highlights of our year! Hosted by the Texas Ranger Association Foundation each year in June in Waco, Texas, we come together along with the active Texas Rangers and foundation benefactors pay tribute to all retired Texas Rangers and their families. The weekend-long agenda is filled food, entertainment, and fellowship!
To kick off the weekend, the “Bill Wilson Annual Golf Tournament” is held in honor of the late Senior Texas Ranger Captain William “Bill” Wilson. The tournament’s proceeds are used solely for the scholarship program. A number of celebrities are on hand to play golf with retired and active Texas Rangers charter patrons, benefactors and supporters from around the country.
After a morning of golf, the annual fish fry dinner takes place on Friday evening, where all attending retired Texas Rangers are recognized and honored. We also memorialize those we’ve lost in the past year. It’s a celebration of service and a salute to all the contributions the Rangers and their families have made to this great state!
Saturday is filled with activities, beginning with a memorial service for retired Texas Rangers who passed away during the previous year. This solemn and historic event is presented by the Retired Texas Ranger Association at the Rotunda in the Hall of Fame and Museum, and is followed by the Texas Ranger Association Foundation’s annual Board of Directors meeting. Activities continue throughout the day. There are activities for spouses on Saturday afternoon.
The main event is Saturday evening, and includes a banquet and silent auction. Former and current Texas Rangers donate authentic Texas Ranger memorabilia for the silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting the scholarship program.
This family event is attended by politicians, entertainers, sports celebrities, active and retired Texas Rangers, charter patrons, benefactors and their guests.
The Texas Ranger Association Foundation is committed to providing individual financial assistance and support to Texas Rangers and their families in a time of need.
Since 2006, the foundation has given over $132,000 in funds to assist active and retired Rangers and their families in a time of need.
The foundation receives funding requests for times of tragedy relating to unexpected funeral expenses and ancillary costs. We’ve also assisted with health expenses and related costs such as travel and lodging, equipment, and rehabilitation services not covered by other entities.
Eligibility is limited to active and retired Texas Rangers and their families.
To request assistance please contact the TRAF office or email Ranger.Relief@thetexasrangers.org