Brandy Lee Leard Memorial


This scholarship was established in 2009 by Mr. Charles Leard in memory of his daughter who died in 1983 from a heart defect at only 2 ½ years of age.  Mr. Leard knows personally the challenges and stress that come with being a young parent.  Because he feels his job as a parent has gone unfinished since 1983, Mr. Leard wants this scholarship to help remove barriers so other young parents or parents-to-be can obtain a postsecondary education.


  • Applicants must be graduating high school seniors, currently enrolled college students, returning college students, or GED certificate holders who reside in the 26 northernmost counties of the Texas Panhandle;
  • Must be expecting a baby or are actively involved in parenting a child and have a desire to obtain a postsecondary education; and
  • Exhibit financial need.
  • Preference will be given to students whose total household income is less than 80% of the median family income.


  • Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF) General Scholarship Application online at
  • Applicants will be required to answer additional questions as part of the application process:
  • What were your thoughts and feelings when you were told you (or your girlfriend) were pregnant?
    How did you tell your family about the pregnancy?

Award Selection

  • Outside Scholarship Selection Committee

Scholarship Amount

  • Up to $1,500/semester for up to 8 semesters for recipients attending a trade/vocational or community college; or
  • Up to $3,500/semester for up to 8 semesters for recipients attending an accredited college/university.
  • Award payable only after recipient has completed 12 credit hours at any accredited trade/vocational school, community college, or

Scholarship Requirements

*Each semester’s payment is contingent upon meeting the following:

  • Recipient must maintain full-time student status (typically 12 credit hours/semester for undergraduate studies);
  • Maintain a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA while in college; and
  • Attend any accredited college/university and major in field of choice.

Recipients who fail to meet the awarding criteria will be eligible to reapply for the scholarship during the Foundation’s next application cycle.

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General Scholarship Application