Rodney J. Kidd, former UIL Director and founder of TILF, planted the idea of giving scholarships to the academically talented when there were not many scholarships available to these students. Records indicate that the first scholarship was given in 1958 before TILF was formally founded, and was valued at $300.
To be eligible to apply for a TILF scholarship, students must have participated in a UIL Academic State Meet or been recognized as an Outstanding Soloist at TSSEC during their high school career. Participation in athletic contests does not qualify a student to apply for a TILF scholarship.
The Texas Interscholastic League Foundation has given away more than $29 million since 1958 to more than 19,000 Texas high school students who have competed in the UIL Academic State Meet and the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest.
During a typical academic year, TILF will disburse more than $1 million to more than 600 students attending colleges and universities throughout Texas. TILF awarded 351 new and 217 renewed scholarships in 2015.
The TILF has over $11 million in endowed funds and receives direct scholarship grants each year of more than $800,000 from foundations, individuals and corporate sponsors throughout the state. TILF anticipates disbursing over $1.1 million during the 2015-16 academic year.
The TILF Board of Directors and staff are dedicated to finding more scholarship money for the TILF Scholarship Program.