TRTF’s Student Scholarships Paving the Way for Future Educators

The first scholarship Kelsey Faykus ever received was from the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF). A first-year student at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Faykus is studying to become a high school biology teacher.

Last spring, TRTF provided Faykus with a $500 student scholarship to help her pursue her dreams. Faykus enters Southwestern University having been recruited by the school to play basketball.

Faykus was a team captain for her high school basketball team, the Thrall Tigers, and she used the opportunity to not only excel on the court, but also provide leadership to her teammates.

As a senior, Faykus mentored incoming freshmen basketball players, and when she started to see them grow it left her feeling “very, very accomplished.”

“I’ve had many girls come up and say how much of a difference I made just by being inclusive and being that leader,” Faykus said.

Faykus hopes to incorporate the skills she learned while playing basketball to her teaching style. Faykus describes her ideal teaching style as “vocal” and “interactive.”

When asked how she felt when she received the scholarship, Faykus replied that it was “amazing.”

“I cannot thank this Foundation enough, because it has made such a difference,” Faykus said.

Help support TRTF’s Student Scholarships by donating today. Last year, TRTF delivered 16 $500 student scholarships. Since the program’s inception in 2008, TRTF has given $45,000 to future educators!

Applications are now available for the 2016-2017 school year and may be downloaded from this link. Applicants must be a graduating senior or current college student and must be related to a member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA). Applicants must be majoring in or plan to major in education and must attend a Texas college or university during the 2016-2017 school year.

Members, now is a great time to share this scholarship opportunity with your family members who are studying to become educators! Send an email to for more information.

Foundation Month is a time designated by the TRTA Board of Directors to raise awareness of the Foundation’s numerous charitable endeavors and raise funds to support them for the upcoming year.

TRTF has raised $35,000 thus far, but we know we can reach our $100,000 goal with your help! If just 2600 members donate $25, we will raise the funds needed to provide assistance the educators of the past, present and future!

Please help us accomplish this goal by donating today and spreading the word to your fellow retirees, friends and members of the community. You can also donate over the phone using a credit card by calling 1.800.880.1650, or mail your check to TRTF, 313 E. 12th Street Suite 220, Austin, TX 78701. All donations to TRTF are tax deductible.

Please also share this Inside Line and the Foundation’s videos, featuring recipients of our programs: “A Helping Hand,” Classroom Assistance Grants and Student Scholarships. You can view all videos on the TRTF website here.

If you would like to download a video and share it with the members of your local unit, please contact us!

Thank You!

Thank you for all that you do to support the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation and the many teachers, students and retirees whose lives are changed every day by your generosity!

TRTF has provided more than $207,000 to educators of the past, present, and future since 2008, and we plan to do so much more. We appreciate your generosity and support of the public education legacy.

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