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Panhandle Plains

Higher Education Foundation

PPHEF is a Texas non-profit corporation and is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable and education purposes. The primary activity is to provide scholarships to qualified students for the eligible educational expenses consisting of tuition and required fees, required books and supplies, room and board and incidental expenses related to attendance at an accredited educational institution in the State of Texas offering a degree program requiring at least two years’ school attendance. PPHEF has developed the Windmill Scholarship for this purpose and interested students may review the eligibility criteria for the scholarship by selecting the Windmill Scholarship tab of this website.

In addition, PPHEF provides outreach programs to students and parents concerning federal and state financial aid opportunities to assist with the cost of attending college. These programs provide information on the federal financial aid application process concerning how to apply, when to apply and the eligibility process. Hands on programs are also provided to walk students through the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The PPHEF website also provides valuable resources for students and parents concerning financial aid information, college planning, assessment tools, high school student planning guides, student skills and financial literacy.

PPHEF will continue to provide programs to educate student loan borrowers concerning repayment of their student loans. This information helps borrowers navigate the student loan repayment process and allows PPHEF to act as a borrower advocate to help them understand the many options that may be available to them during the repayment of their loans.

PPHEF will continue to provide services to public and non-profit institutions of higher education, including loan billing, analysis of student loan default rates, and providing State of Texas mandated yearly student loan debt disclosure notifications with information concerning the estimated amount of Federal or State student loan debt a student has outstanding and estimates of monthly repayment amounts.

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Windmill Scholarship

Application Limit Has Been Reached for 2024/2025.

Application Process is Closed.

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Application Limit Has Been Reached for 2024/2025.

Priority deadline for completed Windmill Scholarship applications is 03/01/2024 or until the application limit has been reached.
Please review the Requirements, Terms and Conditions for complete information concerning the priority deadline.

Please review the Questions and Answers for more information.
Please review the PPHEF Service Area Counties to see if you are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
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  • Must currently reside in one of the Texas Counties within the PPHEF service area for scholarship consideration. Please review the PPHEF Service Area Counties to see if you are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • Plan to enroll or currently enrolled at a governmental or non-profit educational institution, located in the State of Texas that has been accredited by a recognized accrediting agency, such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and provided the institution offers an academic degree program requiring at least two school years attendance.  Note: Degree or Certificate programs that are described as technical programs or do not prepare a student to transfer to a college and work toward a baccalaureate degree are not eligible programs for scholarship consideration.
  • Applicant must be either a current Texas High School Graduate from an accredited public or private Texas high school, or a currently enrolled undergraduate college student without a Bachelor's degree, with at least 2.50 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Full-time college enrollment is required for scholarship consideration.
  • Eligibility will be assessed by reviewing information concerning academic performance, financial need, extracurricular activities, leadership and references provided in the application process.
  • Applications will be reviewed and scored on a 100 point scale to determine eligibility and award amount for the scholarship.
  • If awarded, funds will be sent directly to the college or university for credit or disbursement to the student account.

Financial Aid Professionals

PPHEF is committed to the partnership we have with institutions of higher education. This commitment includes making available a number of services designed to help make the financial aid and student loan process more efficient and productive for our partner institutions.

Financial Aid Organizations

Below is a list of links to various organizations that cater to Financial Aid Professionals: