Pearl Birmingham Scholarship Program

  • The Miss Pearl Birmingham Scholarship Fund was established in 1947 by T. F. Birmingham of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to comply with a request by his sister, Pearl Birmingham, who died in 1946. In her will, Pearl Birmingham left 1,000 shares of common stock in the Standard Oil Company of Ohio to support the scholarship fund.

    Each Wylie ISD high school will award an equal number of 2-year scholarships. The annual scholarship awards will be as follows:

    • 3 - $7,500 scholarships at each high school
    • 7 - $5,000 scholarships at each high school

    NOTE: If the market value of the Pearl Birmingham Scholarship Fund drops below $2 million for the months of April, May, and June, the scholarships will all be reduced 20% for the upcoming year. The Wylie ISD Board of Trustees annually reviews the amount of the scholarship fund to determine amounts awarded.

    In addition to being a graduate of Wylie High School or Wylie East High School, the following guidelines will be used in determining a student’s eligibility to apply for the scholarship:

    • The student must be ranked in the top 10% of his/her class.
    • The student must be of good moral character.
    • The student must be a graduate of Wylie High School or Wylie East High
    • The student must have completed four years of high school in a Wylie ISD school.
    • A preapproved list of virtual courses/providers will be provided by the Wylie ISD Birmingham Scholarship Committee prior to students enrolling in this type of course. The preapproved list will be published on the High School Academic Planning Guide website in the spring prior to student enrollment for the upcoming academic year.  The current preapproved list of virtual courses/providers are Texas Virtual School Network, Edgenuity, UT High School, and TTU K-12.  In accordance with WISD guidelines, student must have prior administrative approval before enrolling in these courses.  
    • The student must take both the ACT and SAT. Scores must be received by March of the senior year.
    • The number of students eligible to apply for the scholarships will be limited to the top ten academically ranked students from each high school who meet the guidelines. The academic ranking which will be used for the Birmingham Scholarship eligibility will be calculated at the end of the third nine weeks prior to the student’s graduation.

    Selection of scholarship winners will be based on the following:

    • The student’s academic ranking/GPA (35%)
    • The student’s SAT and ACT scores (35%)
    • Submission of an autobiography by the student (10%)
    • A personal interview with school superintendents who represent a school district in each of the following counties: Collin, Dallas, and Rockwall. (20%)