James Eastland Memorial Scholarship

The James Eastland Scholarship was established to revere James’s loving and caring spirit and his strong character by providing scholarships for graduating Hill Country seniors who previously attended Hunt Independent School District. James believed that character was based on attitude and he led by example. He loved seeing others reach their potential through hard work and a positive attitude.

James attended Tivy High School and graduated from the Engineering School at the University of Texas. He eventually returned home to Camp Mystic to help with the family business when his father became ill. James had a dream of expanding the camp, and worked hard to turn that dream into a reality. Five years after James passed away, construction began and his dream and vision came to fruition in the summer of 2020.

James is remembered for his work in the Mentoring program at Hunt Elementary School. He believed in building students’ confidence by helping them find their own gifts. James felt it was his God-given duty to give others the same love and support he had received.

James’s family and loved ones want his joy and enthusiasm for life to continue to inspire young leaders in making their dream of a college education a reality.

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February 8, 2024


Applicant must be a graduating high school student who previously attended Hunt ISD for at least one school year. Applicant should be able to provide a list of extracurricular activities, community service/volunteer work, and awards and honors. Applicant must submit a one paragraph essay explaining what they plan to do with their college degree, or describing how growing up in the Hunt area shaped their outlook on life.

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and community service, as well as the content of the short essay submitted. Recipient must be accepted full-time in an accredited college or university prior to award decision. The scholarship award is null and void if not accepted within one year of award date.

Type of Student

Graduating High School Senior

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