Financial Aid

Many students fundraise in order to cover a portion or all of the tuition to attend the Lone Star Leadership Academy. In addition to raising money, students that fundraise develop planning, organizational, communication, and leadership skills. Check out these fundraising success stories!

Apply for Scholarships

Donated Lone Star Leadership Academy Scholarships

Education in Action has $100 scholarships available for students that are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school. To apply, print the Education in Action Scholarship Application and follow the instructions stated on the application. If you have any questions or have trouble printing the application, email admissions@educationinaction.org or call 817-562-4957.

Education in Action Scholarship Application

Education in Action Scholarship Application in Spanish

Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT)

TAGT offers summer enrichment scholarships of up to $400 to identified gifted students who are currently participating in a gifted program. TAGT scholarship applications are available in late January and must be completed online. For application questions or to receive a TAGT Summer Scholarship application in Spanish, please contact TAGT at 512-499-8248 or membership@txgifted.org.

TAGT Summer Scholarship FAQs

2016 TAGT Scholarship Winners

Full Scholarships

Texas State Historical Association

Each year the Texas State Historical Association holds a Junior Historian Writing Contest. The author of the winning entry in the "Lone Star Leadership in History Award" category receives a full scholarship to attend a Lone Star Leadership Academy camp. Essays must be submitted to the Texas State Historical Association by March 1st and must adhere to the Junior Division writing contest guidelines. If entrant is not currently a member of a Junior Historian chapter, he/she must submit an At-Large Membership Form to the Texas State Historical Association by February 1st. For additional information, please call TSHA at 512-471-2600.

"What the Lone Star Leadership Academy Means to Me" Video Contest

This contest is open to Lone Star Leadership Academy alumni. Videos are completed by the end of any summer in which they participate. The Grand Prize winner receives a full scholarship to attend the Lone Star Leadership Academy the following year. 1st runner up receives a $400 scholarship and 2nd runner up receives a $200 scholarship. All remaining eligible entries earn a $25 scholarship just for entering!

Rules/Entry Form

Previous Years' Winning Entries

Sponsorships

There are sponsors waiting for you to ask for support. Ask your school counselor or nominating teacher for ideas. If your counselor or teacher is willing to write a letter of endorsement, include copies of it with your letter. Such letters give strength and substance to your request.

Fundraising Ideas and Sample Sponsorship Request Letter

Fundraising Ideas and Sample Sponsorship Request Letter in Spanish

HMS student shares with Kiwanis summer leadership experience

As you seek sponsorship, keep in mind the following:

  • Most people like to be asked for sponsorships. It shows you have enough faith in their generosity and sensitivity to risk asking them to sponsor you.
  • Know what it is you are requesting. Look through our website to learn about the program. If you or sponsors have questions, contact Education in Action.
  • Offer to make a presentation to your sponsor(s) about the information you learned while attending the program.
  • Show potential sponsors your respect for them and the time they are allowing you - make an appointment to meet with them, at their convenience. Be punctual and do not take more time than is necessary.
  • When writing to potential sponsors double-check the spelling of their names and job titles.
  • Always send a personal thank you note after a meeting even if you do not receive a sponsorship.
  • Do not be discouraged if you don't receive a sponsorship from everyone you ask. People who do not sponsor you with financial aid may provide names of others who can help.

Education in Action suggests a three-part formula for corresponding with sponsors:

1. An introductory letter - The letter introduces you, the Lone Star Leadership Academy, and your needs. It is also a means for potential sponsors to help a young leader in a worthy pursuit. Here is a Sponsorship Request Letter Template to help you get started.

2. A follow-up phone call to set an appointment.

3. A thank you note

Possible sponsors include: Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Posts, Chambers of Commerce, League of Women Voters, Business and Professional Women, local political organizations, church groups, local banks, PTAs, local businesses, law firms, your school district's Education Foundation, schools and your school board.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. It should help you think of organizations in your area that are potential sponsors. If your sponsorship request activities have not produced enough money to allow you to participate, we may be able to suggest ways to redirect your efforts. You can reach our office at 817-562-4957.

Possible Funding Organization Links: (Look on these websites to locate local chapters.) Your local Chamber of Commerce is also a great resource to locate helpful organizations.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas

El Paso - Gannett Foundation

Gannett Co., Inc. serves local organizations in those communities in which Gannett Co., Inc. has a local daily newspaper or television station. The program makes contributions through grants, education, health and advancement of the people who live in Gannett communities.

Kiwanis Organizations

"Founded in 1915... Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of serivce-and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world."

League of Women Voters

"The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy."

Sons of the Republic of Texas

Supports the History and Spirit of Texas and Texas Holidays

Your Local Legal Bar Association

Texas Young Lawyers Association

Summer Santa

Summer Santa sends approximately 250-400 area children to various camps that otherwise could not afford to go. These children are picked through school guidance counselors, principals and social service organizations. Areas served: Birdville, Carroll, Grapevine/Colleyville, HEB, Keller, and Northwest.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation

"The VFW Foundation is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization that relies on public donations to support programs that promote citizenship education and volunteerism...."

Crowdfunding

Here are some crowdfunding websites that you may find helpful:

FirstGiving

GoFundMe

Plumfund

YouCaring

Crowdfunding for Student Travel

Group Discount

Education in Action offers a 5% tuition discount to each student in a group when four or more students from the same school participate in the Lone Star Leadership Academy during the same year. Group members must all participate in the same year but do not need to attend the same camp week or location. The group discount may not be combined with the sibling discount or referral discount.

To qualify for the Group Discount:

  • Students must submit a paper version of the camp application (online application not available for Group Discount applicants).
  • Each student must include a completed Group Discount Application with their camp application.
  • Applications for ALL students in the group must be submitted in the same envelope.

Group Discount Application

Group Discount Application in Spanish

"I drew up a letter and sent it out to family and close friends. I cut grass and babysat. I also did extra chores around the house. My biggest job was house-sitting and pet sitting. I was very busy this summer. With my extra money I was able to buy my brothers and sister a gift and they were very happy. I would like to thank my science teacher, Mrs. Mayeck. I had a great time."

-Michael, Flour Bluff ISD

"We believe preparing for and attending the Lone Star Leadership Academy provided him opportunities he may otherwise not have participated in, like doing a sponsorship drive and speaking before 100+ business leaders at a chamber of commerce meeting."

-Participant's Parent

"Christina made arrangements at her school to sell candy after school. She and a friend (another EIA camper) stayed after school for several weeks to raise money for camp. The thing that impressed me most is that they came up with the idea themselves, approached the school officials and stuck with it for so many days."

-Christina, Round Rock ISD