Director: Brenda DeLaRosa
The Joe Barnhart Scholarship Program
P. O. Box 4001
Beeville, Texas 78104
The Joe Barnhart Foundation is dedicated to carrying out the vision of Dr. Joe Barnhart, founder of the Foundation, who asked his trustees to work toward the development and expansion of educational and cultural opportunities for the people of Beeville, Texas, particularly the children of the community.
Although based in Houston, Texas, the Foundation devotes the largest portion of its time, attention and funding to endeavors in Beeville. Over the past nine years, the Foundation has contributed over $1 million annually to programs there.
THE JOE BARNHART SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Created to motivate and assist Beeville Independent School District (BISD) high school students in receiving post-secondary educations, the Joe Barnhart Scholarship Program has benefited 550 students since the program began in 1998. The program is unique in two ways: the collaboration between a public school and a private foundation - and the one-on-one relationship of each student with a volunteer. Over 30 volunteers work with students to counsel, encourage and assist students individually in completing the paperwork necessary for college admission. The program Director has acquired over $800,000 annually in financial aid for the students of Beeville. In addition, the Foundation provides financial assistance for some students. Since the program began, Beeville school officials have noted a rise in the number of students taking college entrance exams and a decline in the student dropout rate.