Texas Association for Court Administration
A Professional Association | Founded 1976
Eligibility
- Scholarships established and funded by the Texas Association for Court Administration, or a court related entity, are available to members of TACA in good standing. “Good standing” is defined as a member who is current in the payment of annual membership dues and an employee of the judiciary as defined in the by-laws of the association. Additional eligibility requirements may be outlined in the individual scholarships.

- Only one scholarship per applicant shall be awarded annually. A recipient may only receive the individual scholarship once, with the exception of the Goodwill Scholarships.

- Representation of need shall be made on an annual basis and shall not be automatic consideration of subsequent annual scholarship awards.

- Phase completion of an approved education program (i.e. ICM), may be a deciding factor in the award of a subsequent annual scholarship award, in order to complete a program.

- Unless good cause is shown, once an applicant has fulfilled all of the required phases of an approved program, the applicant is ineligible for any further scholarships, with the exception of the Goodwill Scholarship.

Scholarship Program

In accordance with the By-laws, TACA awards scholarships to its membership in an effort to continue the tradition of promoting education within the courts of the State of Texas.

Scholarships Deadline: May 1, 2017

Scholarships Offered
The Honorable Paul Ferguson Scholarship
The Judge Paul Ferguson Scholarship is $750.00, and it shall be used for any ICM, NACM, JMI or similar workshop approved by the Board.
The Honorable Jack Dillard Scholarship
The Jack Dillard Scholarship is $750.00, and it shall be used for any ICM, NACM, JMI or similar workshop approved by the Board.
The Honorable Larry Gist Scholarship
The Judge Larry J. Gist Scholarship is an award of $1,500.00, to be used solely for the purpose of attending Phase Three and Phase Four of the Court Executive Development Program.
The Chief Justice John Hill Scholarship
The Chief Justice Scholarship is a $3,000.00 award to be used solely for Phase Two of ICM’s Court Executive Development Program.
Founders Scholarships
Three scholarships in honor of founding members Martin Allen, Bob Wessels and longtime TACA supporter Trisha Hall were established in 1996 to commemorate TACA’s 20th anniversary. Founders Scholarships shall be used to attend the TACA Annual Education Conference. TACA will waive theconference registration fee. The TACA Treasurer will reimburse the scholarship recipient for travel, meals and lodging associated with the conference according to the Travel Policy up to an amount not to exceed $750.
Goodwill Scholarships
In 2004, TACA members began a fund-raising effort that now supports Goodwill Scholarships established to assist members with the costs of attending the TACA Annual Education Conference. These scholarships are funded from monies outside of the TACA budget and are available based on fund-raising from year to year.Goodwill Scholarships shall be used to attend the TACA Annual Education Conference. TACA will waive the conference registration fee. The TACA Treasurer will reimburse the scholarship recipient for travel, meals and lodging associated with the conference according to the Travel Policy up to an amount not to exceed $750.00