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In 2022, twenty-six Lake Travis ISD graduates were honored at the Commencement Ceremony. Scholarships are established through the generous contributions of families and organizations in the Lake Travis community. Scholarship criteria reflect the interests and values of the scholarship sponsors and are named in the honor of a member of the community or the memory of a loved one.

The Lake Travis Education Foundation is committed to the students of the Lake Travis Independent School District. One of the ways that we support our students is by providing named scholarships that allow us to help them in their post-secondary journeys.

2022 Scholarships Application Process 

The 2022 LTEF Scholarships Application Process is now closed.  

Please see below for the scholarships that were awarded to our incredible Lake Travis High School 2022 Graduates!

Information about the 2023 LTEF Scholarships Process is expected to be available in January, 2023.  Please check back at that time for more information.


"I was truly honored to be a recipient of the LTEF Scholarship. Thank you for supporting my dreams of moving to Nashville to pursue songwriting and music business." -Macy Dot Neal, LTHS class of 2021

LTEF Administered Scholarships

Lake Travis Education Foundation Scholarships
The Lake Travis Education Foundation (LTEF) awards scholarships each year to students who embody, in spirit and deeds, the exemplary culture of the Lake Travis School District. This year, LTEF will reserve one of these for a student planning to attend a vocational or technical school.

To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “Lake Travis Education Foundation Scholarship Fund” from the dropdown menu .

Thank you for your support.
Primrose Education Scholarship
The Primrose Schools of Lakeway and Bee Cave believe education should be positive, engaging, and joyful. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who embodies these characteristics.

This scholarship goes to a student:
  • A 2023 graduating Senior who will continue their studies in the field of Education or Child Care.
  • Ideally seeking Primrose graduates but all candidates will be considered.
To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “Primrose Education Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.
Hawkins Foundation Men’s Soccer Scholarship
Bernalee Hawkins was a teacher for over 30 years, and her greatest joy was helping others continue their education. In fact, she enjoyed Lake Travis Education Foundation involvement in her retirement.

This scholarship continues her legacy of ongoing learning by giving preference to members of the Lake Travis High School men’s soccer team who intend to continue their education after graduation, whether at a college or university, or at a trade or vocational school.

Preference will be given to current well-rounded 2 year members of the LTHS Men’s Soccer team who have achieved strong academic results and exhibited leadership qualities while also devoting significant time and effort to their sport.

To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “Hawkins Foundation Men’s Soccer Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.
Hawkins Foundation Model United Nations Scholarship
Bernalee Hawkins was a teacher for over 30 years, and her greatest joy was helping others continue their education. In fact, she enjoyed Lake Travis Education Foundation involvement in her retirement.

This scholarship continues her legacy of ongoing learning by giving preference to members of the Lake Travis High School Model United Nations club who intend to continue their education after graduation, whether at a college or university, or at a trade or vocational school.

Preference will be given to current well-rounded 2 year members of the LTHS Model United Nations who have achieved strong academic results and exhibited leadership qualities while also devoting significant time and effort to Model United Nation activities.

To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “Hawkins Foundation Model United Nations Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.
Hawkins Foundation Scout Scholarship
Bernalee Hawkins was a teacher for over 30 years, and her greatest joy was helping others continue their education. In fact, she enjoyed Lake Travis Education Foundation involvement in her retirement.

This scholarship continues her legacy of ongoing learning by giving preference Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts who have achieved the highest ranks in Scouting, and who intend to continue their education after graduation, whether at a college or university, or at a trade or vocational school.

Preference will be given to current well-rounded Boy Scout Eagle Scout recipients and/or Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who have achieved strong academic results and exhibited leadership qualities while also devoting significant time and effort to Scouting.

To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “Hawkins Foundation Scout Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.
Daniel Hoffmann Memorial Scholarship
Daniel Hoffmann was a long-time Lakeway resident whose kids grew up in our schools. His passions included swimming, fine arts and family.

This scholarship goes to a student with the following qualities:
  1. Hard working
  2. Swimming background or involved in an historically less funded sport
  3. Interested in fine arts (painting, ceramics, photography, etc.
  4. Plans to attend Texas A&M University Academics are important but not paramount
  5. Shows the ability to complete his/her college degree
To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “Daniel Hoffmann Memorial Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.
Virginia 'Ginger' Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Ginger taught Chemistry at Lake Travis High School for 24 years and was head of the science department. She passed away suddenly December 3, 2015 as a result of an auto accident. Ginger was a strong, vibrant and joyous person who always had a smile, a kind word, and open arms. She loved her student-scientists, those who were naturally interested and those who developed a passion under the loving and watchful eyes of their teacher, mentor and friend.

This scholarship goes to a student who:
  1. Shows exceptional talent in the science field
  2. Plans to major in a scientific field in college
  3. Participated in UIL Science competitions
  4. Took as many AP level science courses as possible
To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select "Virginia 'Ginger' Johnson Memorial Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.
Donna Wahl Memorial Scholarship
Donna Wahl was a 40-year educator who spent 17 years teaching at Lake Travis High School. At various times at LTHS, Donna taught Mathematics, served as the Math Department Chairperson, coached Cheerleading, and served as the Campus Technology Coordinator. As a parent, Donna served on the boards of the Cavalette and Band Booster Clubs. She was always full of school spirit and pride. She always had time for her students and fellow faculty members and tried to create and welcoming learning environment. Her greatest pride was being able to help students who had struggled with math to succeed and gain confidence in their ability.

This scholarship goes to a student:
  1. Who has participated in extracurricular activities, as a show of school pride and spirit.
  2. Who may have struggled academically, but who has found themselves and is now prepared to continue their future in college.
  3. Who has made the LT campus and community a better place for all students and faculty.
To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “Donna Wahl Memorial Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.
Carla McDonald Memorial Scholarship
Carla McDonald was a resident of Lakeway for over 16 years, before passing away suddenly in September of 2009. She was a wife, mother, friend and entrepreneur. Carla was passionate about helping others. She was a tireless volunteer in our schools, our community and her church, and served as a director of the Lake Travis Education Foundation. Carla never met a stranger and was a friend to everyone. Lake Travis is a better place because of her legacy of love.

This scholarship goes to a student with the following qualities:
  1. female student
  2. GPA is not a factor (neither high nor low)
  3. exhibits character and integrity
  4. unselfish support of their school and/or community
  5. highly involved in volunteering with church, community or family
  6. the community is a better place because of this student
To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “Carla McDonald Memorial Scholarship” from the dropdown menu. Thank you for your support.
Trevor Searle Memorial Scholarship
Trevor Searle lived every moment of his young life fully. He was an Eagle Scout with a strong commitment to family and community. Trevor was an accomplished musician and part of the band, AXIS. He has a zeal for life and loved extreme “Red Bull” sports such as snowboarding, wakeboarding, big air events, and anything with a sense of adventure and challenge. In 2011, while in his senior year at Lake Travis High School, Trevor left behind a school and community who had benefited from knowing him and his zest for life. He was a loyal friend to all. Awarded to best male and female that demonstrate all that is best in living life to the fullest; best overall candidate receives higher amount

This scholarship goes to a student with the following qualities:
  1. well rounded
  2. GPA of 2.5 or better
  3. athletic and adventurous – loves life
  4. commitment to community, family & spirituality
  5. fun loving – someone willing to take the road less traveled
To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “Trevor Searle Memorial Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.
Rachel Spelman Memorial Scholarship
Rachel Spelman Memorial Scholarship Fund will continue to honor her legacy by selecting a Lake Travis ISD student that plans to attend Texas A&M University that exemplify Rachel’s outstanding leadership qualities, love for Texas A&M University, dedicated service to community and inspiring commitment to family and friends.

To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “Rachel Spelman Memorial Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.
Hugh L. Wolff Career and Technical Education Scholarship
Hugh L. Wolff passed away in June 2020 at age 83. He began his career as a mechanic and Shell gas station operator. He went on to get advanced degrees and retired as an advertising executive and entrepreneur. He was very generous with his time and resources helping young people who could not otherwise get a break. He also initiated Holiday events, which have since become traditions, in Palm Desert CA benefiting Marines and their families serving at 29 Palms base.

Hugh L. Wolff Career and Technical Education Scholarship preference will be given to a student who:
  1. Plans to attend a career/technical trade school or community college to pursue associate degree in a Career & Technical Education field
  2. Minimum of 3 CTE courses in the same career cluster
  3. Displays leadership in at least one CTE Program
  4. Hard working
  5. Academics are important but not paramount
  6. Exhibits character & integrity
  7. Helpful to others
To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “Hugh L. Wolff Career and Technical Education Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.
Lea Bertsch Scholarship
Lea Bertsch is an amazing recently retired Lake Travis High School Science Teacher.  She taught in our Lake Travis Schools from 2003 through 2022.  Lea was honored to received many grants from Lake Travis Education Foundation and PTO's throughout her teaching career, which allowed her to provide opportunities to her students, and now she is excited to give back to the Foundation through this scholarship. The Lea Bertsch scholarship is intended for Career and Technical Education students in the medical or healthcare pathway.

To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “Lea Bertsch Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.
Lake Travis Film Festival Scholarship
The Lake Travis Film Festival has graciously provided funding for a scholarship which is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a talent in filmmaking, acting or screenwriting while at Lake Travis, or who has demonstrated talent in other areas, such as theater arts, theater technology, gaming, graphic design, fine arts, etc. In addition, the student may also plan to pursue a college major in a related field, such as radio, television, film, etc.

The Lake Travis Film Festival is an annual event created to screen films, educate and bring together the film-loving community. A portion of the revenues annual goes toward funding scholarships (such as this) and supporting young filmmakers.

To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select "Lake Travis Film Festival Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.
LTEF Alumni Scholarship
LTEF is proud to be partnering with Lake Travis ISD in the LT Alumni & Friends Program, which is facilitating the LTEF Alumni Scholarship. The LTEF Alumni Scholarship goes to a student who exhibits strong academic performance, community service and leadership, and embodies the Lake Travis spirit both at Lake Travis High School and within the greater community.

To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “LTEF Alumni Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.
LTEF Women’s Leadership Scholarship
LTEF was excited to host the LTEF Butterfly Brunch again this past year, with a reimagined focus on empowering the next generation of young female leaders, and a portion of the funds raised at the event funded this scholarship. LTEF awards the LTEF Women's LeadershipScholarship to a female student who has exhibited strong leadership skills, participating in clubs and/or extracurricular activities, and volunteering in the community.

To donate to this scholarship, please use the Donate button above, select your amount and complete your details, and continue to the "additional information" where you may select “LTEF Women’s Leadership Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support.

2021 – 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Lake Travis Education Foundation Scholarship

  • Victoria Cotton - $2,000
  • Maddox Edmondson - $2,000
  • Morgan Pearson - $2,000
  • Reeve Kolinek - $2,000
  • Joyce Luo - $2,000
  • Leo Denning - $2,000

LTEF Alumni Scholarship

  • Shalini Parepally - $1,000

LTEF Women's Leadership Scholarship

  • Sheridan Dorsey - $1,000

Carla McDonald Memorial

  • Peyton DeMarco - $1,000

Donna Wahl Memorial Scholarship

  • Julia Ruiz - $1,500

Hugh L. Wolff Career and Technical Education Scholarship

  • Tucker Garnett - $4,000

Rachel Spelman Memorial Scholarship

  • Kiersten Crespell - $1,500
  • Avery Reagan - $1,500

Virginia “Ginger” Johnson Memorial Scholarship

  • Aniket Naravane - $1,000

Lake Travis Film Festival Scholarship

  • Zoe Kalderon - $1,000

Lea Bertsch Scholarship

  • Sophia Staggs - $1,000

Hawkins Foundation Men's Soccer Scholarship

  • Will Matherne- $5,000
  • Hunter Bailey - $2,500
  • Alex Bethke - $2,500
  • Bane Maybury - $2,500
  • Ben Platt - $2,500

Hawkins Foundation Model United Nations Scholarship

  • Vasuda Vaidyanathan - $5,000

Hawkins Foundation Scout Scholarship

  • Arthur Blake - $5,000
  • Jace Holmes - $5,000
  • Nicholas Knuff - $5,000
  • Will Peters - $5,000
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