The Lake Travis Education Foundation is committed to the students of the Lake Travis Independent School District. One of the ways that we support our students is by providing named scholarships that allow us to help them in their post-secondary journeys.

The Foundation adminsters memorial, honorary, and community scholarships.  Please select the scholarship that you would like to support.

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LTEF Scholarships

The Lake Travis Education Foundation (LTEF) awards scholarships each year to students who embody, in spirit and deeds, the exemplary culture of the Lake Travis School District.

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Linda Holt Education Scholarship

Linda Holt is a central Texas native.  After graduating from Crockett High School and continuing her education at Texas State University she began her teaching career in 1989.  Linda joined the Lake Travis Independent School District in 1991 and spent 31 years teaching at Lake Travis Elementary Schools, including opening both Bee Cave Elementary and West Cypress Hills Elementary.  Linda has made a huge impact on her students, their families, and the Lake Travis community.  Linda's dedication to teaching and education will be remembered far beyond her retirement in 2023 through the Linda Holt Education Scholarship.

The Linda Holt Education Scholarship will be awarded to a Lake Travis graduating Senior that plans to further their education in Elementary Education. 

Thank you for your support!

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Colin Holst "Best Day Ever!" Scholarship

Colin Holst was born on September 2, 2003 in Austin Texas. Colin was a happy and energetic toddler who loved to run and swim. Colin loved to annouce after a particularly good day with his friends or his family that it was his "Best Day Ever!" And every best day was soon followed by another. Life changed forever when Colin drowned at the young age of 4. Fueled by their desire to prevent another tragedy from happening, his family founded Colin's Hope to promote water safety in their community and educate children, parents, and lifeguards on drowning prevention. Colin continues to guide them every step of the way.

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Daniel Hoffman Memorial Scholarship

Daniel Hoffmann was a long-time Lakeway resident whose kids grew up in our schools. His passions included swimming, fine arts and family.

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Donna Wahl Memorial Scholarship

Donna Wahl was a 40-year educator who spent 17 years teaching at Lake Travis High School. At various times at LTHS, Donna taught Mathematics, served as the Math Department Chairperson, coached Cheerleading, and served as the Campus Technology Coordinator. As a parent, Donna served on the boards of the Cavalette and Band Booster Clubs. She was always full of school spirit and pride. She always had time for her students and fellow faculty members and tried to create and welcoming learning environment. Her greatest pride was being able to help students who had struggled with math to succeed and gain confidence in their ability.

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Virginia "Ginger" Johnson Scholarship

Ginger taught Chemistry at Lake Travis High School for 24 years and was head of the science department. She passed away suddenly December 3, 2015 as a result of an auto accident. Ginger was a strong, vibrant and joyous person who always had a smile, a kind word, and open arms. She loved her student-scientists, those who were naturally interested and those who developed a passion under the loving and watchful eyes of their teacher, mentor and friend.

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Rachel Spelman Memorial Scholarship

Rachel Spelman Memorial Scholarship Fund will continue to honor her legacy by selecting a Lake Travis ISD student that plans to attend Texas A&M University that exemplify Rachel’s outstanding leadership qualities, love for Texas A&M University, dedicated service to community and inspiring commitment to family and friends.

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Trevor Searle Memorial Scholarship

Trevor Searle lived every moment of his young life fully. He was an Eagle Scout with a strong commitment to family and community. Trevor was an accomplished musician and part of the band, AXIS. He has a zeal for life and loved extreme “Red Bull” sports such as snowboarding, wakeboarding, big air events, and anything with a sense of adventure and challenge. In 2011, while in his senior year at Lake Travis High School, Trevor left behind a school and community who had benefited from knowing him and his zest for life. He was a loyal friend to all. Awarded to best male and female that demonstrate all that is best in living life to the fullest; best overall candidate receives higher amount.

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Lea Bertsch Scholarship

Lea Bertsch is an amazing recently retired Lake Travis High School Science Teacher.  She taught in our Lake Travis Schools from 2003 through 2022.  Lea was honored to received many grants from Lake Travis Education Foundation and PTO's throughout her teaching career, which allowed her to provide opportunities to her students, and now she is excited to give back to the Foundation through this scholarship. The Lea Bertsch scholarship is intended for Career and Technical Education students in the medical or healthcare pathway.

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Lake Travis Cavalier Band Scholarship

The Lake Travis Cavalier Band scholarship goes to a student who is a graduating high school senior who has been an active full-lime mermber of the Lake Travis High School Cavalier Band (or Color Guard), during all four years of high school. This student has a strong work ethic and exhibits high academic performance, placing in the top 25% of their high school class. This student has also served in band leadership for at least one year (possible their Senior Year).

This student exhibits a heart of service, may have a part time job, and balances their schoolwork with band, service to others, and other responsibilities. The Student expects to further their education by attending a college, university, or vocational/technical school after graduation from high school.

Scholarship founded by Eric & Mary Pakarinen. 

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