SCHOLARSHIPS & COMMUNITY GRANTS
The Nolan Ryan Foundation works year-round to raise funds for its scholarship program. The program was recently elevated by establishing a scholarship endowment fund that awards scholarships of up to $40,000, renewable for up to four years. Currently, the Foundation partners with the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation to provide scholarships to deserving local students.
The Nolan Ryan Foundation also awards the Willie Wells Memorial Scholarship every spring. Hall of Famer Willie Wells played for the Austin Black Senators, a Texas Negro League baseball team. In 2021, the Round Rock Express partnered with the Nolan Ryan Foundation to establish a scholarship in Wells' memory at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin.
The Round Rock Express and Nolan Ryan Foundation have joined forces to host a 50/50 Raffle at every home game. At the end of the year, the Nolan Ryan Foundation donates to several local nonprofit organizations in Central Texas through the 50/50 Raffle Community Grant Program.
Congratulations to our 2023 community grant recipients:
- Austin Film Society
- Candlelight Ranch
- Foster Angels of Central Texas
- Friends of Carver/IDEA
- Hope Alliance
- The Junior League of Austin
- Kinetic Kids, Inc.
- Ladders for Leaders
- RBI Austin
- ROCK, Ride on Center for Kids
- Round Rock Area Serving Center
- Texas A&M Foundation, Smith Meat Judging Excellence Endowment
- Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association
- Tunnel to Towers Foundation
- Unbound Now
- Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center
- The Williamson Museum
If you are a local nonprofit interested in applying for the Nolan Ryan Foundation 50/50 Raffle Community Grant, please download the application below.