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.

Apply for Scholarships

Donated Lone Star Leadership Academy Scholarships

Education in Action has $100 scholarships available. Please print the Scholarship Application and follow the instructions stated on the application.

If you have any questions or have trouble printing the applications, please e-mail or call 817-562-4957.

Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT)

2016 TAGT Scholarship Winners

TAGT offers scholarships of up to $400 to identify gifted students who are currently participating in a gifted program and who want to enrich their learning experience during the summer months. TAGT scholarship applications are available in late January and must be completed on-line. Click here to review the summer scholarship FAQ information. For application questions or to receive a TAGT Summer Scholarship application in Spanish, please contact TAGT at 512-499-8248 or

Full Scholarships

Texas State Historical Association

Texas State Historical Association is teaming with Education in Action to sponsor an essay contest: "Lone Star Leadership in History Award". The award is for one full scholarship to the Lone Star Leadership Academy. Essays must be submitted to the Texas State Historical Association by March 1st. 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. Click here for details or for further information please call TSHA at 512-471-2600.

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

One grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship to attend Lone Star Leadership Academy. 1st runner up will receive a $400 scholarship and 2nd runner up will receive a $200 scholarship. All remaining eligible entries will earn a $25 scholarship just for entering! Click here for details and waiver/release form. Click here to see previous winners.


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. A sample Sponsorship Request Letter is provided here. Click here for a Spanish Sponsorship Request Letter.

Click here to see an example of a student making a presentation to her sponsor.

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. Sponsorship Request Letter is provided here.

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 Camp Program - 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, 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 for Student Travel - Article

Here are some crowdfunding websites that you may find helpful:




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Group Discounts

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. In addition, students applying for the Group Discount must complete the paper version of the camp application and may not apply online.

To qualify for the Group Discount, each student must include a Group Discount Application/Group Discount Application in Spanish with his/her camp application and the applications for all students in the group must be submitted in the same envelope.

"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 raised 100% of the funds from our community! Dylan's orthodontist, local businesses, and friends who own businesses contributed. We used the format letter provided. People like to invest in the future of a child they already know."

-Dylan, Frisco ISD

"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