C. Jackson Grayson Scholarship Program

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APQC launched the C. Jackson Grayson Scholarship Program in honor of the company’s late founder. Each year, the program will award scholarships to Houston-area high school seniors. Each recipient will receive $25,000 per year for tuition, books, and fees, totaling $100,000 per student over the course of a four-year college education. The scholarship application website went live on October 8, Grayson’s birthday. The first 100 submissions will be presented to the APQC sponsorship committee to evaluate for final review. Applications are currently closed and will reopen in October 2024 and recipients will be announced in March 2025 for Fall 2025 enrollment at a public or private institution.

Applications will reopen in October 2024



Applicants must:

  • Be able to demonstrate financial need
  • Be residents of the following counties in the Houston, TX area: Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Harris County, Montgomery County, Brazoria County, Waller County
  • Be current high school seniors or 2025 graduates* from a high school in one of the eligible counties listed above
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study for the first time at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire 2024-25 academic year

Additional Information:

  • APQC has partnered with Scholarship America to administer the award.
  • Scholarship recipients will get the chance to intern at APQC or one of its relevant member organizations, giving them on-the-job training to prepare for the workplace.

2024 graduates must be taking a gap year or deferring college enrollment to be eligible. Employees of APQC and their family members are ineligible.

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Reveal of the 2023 Recipients

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Take a look at the 2022 Recipients

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Honoring a Legacy

As founder and CEO of APQC, Grayson spent his professional career mentoring organizations and individuals to be better and do better. His commitment to education was his life mission. Believing that education was the key to the productivity and long-term success of companies and communities, Grayson personally invested millions of dollars into improving the education system in the U.S. – investments that are paying dividends for individuals, families, companies, and the economy to this day.

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The work at APQC has been essential in shaping and propelling organizations forward to achieve the goals they’ve set for themselves. Now, they are doing the same for students. These incredible scholarships, worth $100,000 per student over four years, compare to those of the Gates Foundation in size and scale, and they show what a committed, driven, and community-minded organization like APQC can do to make a lasting impact on communities and the world.

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Applications Will Reopen in October 2024