L. Ray Vahue


This scholarship was set up in memory of L. Ray Vahue by friends and family in 1978.   Mr. Vahue was a successful businessman and very active in City matters – having served as a city commissioner from 1967 to 1976 and then as mayor from 1971 to 1975. He was instrumental in bringing new jobs to Amarillo, establishing parks and branch libraries, and served as chairman of a committee that was successful in getting a bond issue passed that financed the building of the present Northwest Texas Healthcare System.  The scholarship was originally set up as a fund to benefit the Ray Vahue Center for Infant Intensive Care at the newly built Northwest Texas Hospital.  After the hospital was sold to a for-profit corporation, the fund was repurposed to furnish scholarships for City of Amarillo employees, their spouses, children, or grandchildren.


  • Applicant must be an employee of the City of Amarillo, or the employee’s spouse, child or grandchild.


  • Contact the City of Amarillo personnel office

Award Selection

  • Outside Scholarship Selection Committee

Scholarship Amount

  • Typically $1,000/semester for up to 2 semesters

Scholarship Requirements

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

  • Recipient must attend college the fall semester immediately following selection;
  • Maintain full-time student status (typically 12 credit hours/semester for undergraduate studies; 6 credit hours/semester for graduate studies; and 3 credit hours/semester if recipient is employed full-time);
  • Maintain a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA while in college; and
  • Attend any accredited college/university and major in field of choice.
  • Recipients could be awarded the scholarship for up to 8 semesters, but must reapply through the City every year to be considered.