At the Sept. 19, 2012 meeting of the Blackwell Education Foundation, $67,891.95 was awarded to graduates of Blackwell High School. Students who graduate from Blackwell High School have the opportunity to earn up to $3,000 per year of attendance.
The scholarships are paid each semester to colleges, universities, technical schools or job training programs to assist students in furthering their education and making them "job ready."
Students receiving the scholarships are obtaining cosmetology certification, certified nursing assistant certification, welding certification, as well as attending two year colleges, four year universities and law school.
Students qualify by attending school at Blackwell CISD. "For each year they attend, they qualify for up to $3,000, so if a student attends here first through 12th grades, they can receive up to $36,000. It is not paid directly to the students, but by semester to whatever school and/or job training they are attending," said Blackwell CISD Superintendent Abe Gott. "The school created an educational foundation with the PILOT (Payments In Lieu Of Taxes) payments from the wind turbine companies. Those checks are deposited into an account for this purpose."