Four-year scholarships are awarded to academically promising and superior high school seniors residing in certain geographic areas of Texas who will need financial aid to attend the college or university of their choice in the State of Texas. While not a full scholarship, the intent is to assist the student with educational expenses. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents and Texas residents. Students selected and named Piper Scholars must maintain a "B" average throughout their undergraduate college career to remain in the program.
Upon invitation, nominations are made by principals or counselors for invited high schools throughout the State of Texas. Selection is made by the foundation Scholarship Committee after eliminations which include review of high school record, aptitude and achievement tests.
The Piper Scholars Program, begun in 1963, is honored to include Phi Betta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduates in its roster. Most Piper Scholars continue through Graduate School.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.