Putt Powell Memorial Journalism



This scholarship was established in memory of Putt Powell in 1996 by the Amarillo Globe-News and the family of Mr. Powell.  Putt Powell’s career as a sportswriter and sports columnist with the Amarillo Globe-News spanned 62 years from 1930 to 1992. This scholarship benefits students from the four high schools in the Amarillo ISD planning to major in Journalism (with preference given to those who plan to pursue a career in Sports Journalism).


  • Applicant must be a graduating senior from Amarillo, Caprock, Palo Duro or Tascosa High Schools;
  • Exhibit community service and leadership; and
  • Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) to apply.


  • Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF) General Scholarship Application online at
  • In order to be considered for the Putt Powell Memorial Journalism Scholarship, applicants must submit a 500-word essay answering all of the following questions:
    1.  Who was Putt Powell, and what was his impact on Amarillo sports?
    2.  With the changes in technology and the way people receive their news, how do you think Putt Powell would cover high school sports today?
    3.  Why have you chosen journalism as your major?

Award Selection

  • AAF Scholarship Selection Committee

Scholarship Amount

  • Amount varies annually 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);
  • Maintain a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA while in college; and
  • Attend any accredited college/university and major in the field of Journalism.

Apply Now

General Scholarship Application