Permian Basin Area Foundation Representatives Standing in Front of Sign at the Library
This scholarship is made possible thanks to Permian Basin Area Foundation

UT Permian Basin is proud to announce the Conrad Dunagan Legacy Scholarship was awarded to 48 students this fall for the 2021-2022 academic year. This scholarship is made possible thanks to Permian Basin Area Foundation. To qualify for this scholarship, students must: 

  • Rank in the top 15% of their high school graduating class.
  • Have a 3.5 GPA as an incoming freshman, and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher at UTPB to renew the scholarship.
  • Be from, or reside in, the following Texas or New Mexico counties ­­– Andrews, Borden, Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Dawson, Ector, Eddy, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Jeff Davis, Lea, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward or Winkler.
  • Have taken the SAT, ACT, or TSI. 

The Dunagan family has been longtime friends of the University. In fact, UTPB's library is named after J. Conrad Dunagan. UT Permian Basin is thankful that the Permian Basin Area Foundation has continued to provide funding for this scholarship in recognition of the Dunagan family.

Applications for this scholarship open up on February 15 and closes April 1. To apply, visit

About Permian Basin Area Foundation and J. Conrad Dunagan:

Since July 2011, Permian Basin Area Foundation has been honored to continue stewardship of the Permian Honor Scholarship program initiated by the late Mr. J. Conrad Dunagan of Monahans. Permian Honor Scholarship Foundation, Inc., (PHSF), was incorporated in 1977, originally as Permian Merit Scholarship Foundation, Inc.  When Permian Honor Scholarship Foundation, Inc. dissolved, its assets were conveyed to Permian Basin Area Foundation.

Conrad Dunagan, born in Midland in 1914, was a leader in business, civic, and charitable activities in the Permian Basin for more than half a century.

Mr. Dunagan’s vision in creating this scholarship program was to retain top West Texas students in our area after high school graduation by incentivizing their attendance to The University of Texas Permian Basin. He envisioned local students receiving a quality higher education in West Texas and, after their graduation from the University, entering the region’s workforce.

When PHSF assets were transferred to PBAF, the value was just over $1.1 million. Since then, PBAF has awarded nearly $850,000 in scholarships, while the Permian Honor Scholarship fund has grown to $1.6 million through investments.

As the collegiate applications and admissions continue to change, Permian Basin Area Foundation took a unique approach to continuing Dunagan’s vision. This year a $100,000 block grant was made directly to the University of Texas Permian Basin for the Conrad Dunagan Legacy Scholarship to make resources available to students at their point of entry to the University.

Even before the Permian Honor Scholarship Foundation was chartered, Mr. Dunagan became its most ardent champion and its hardest worker. He died in 1995. Permian Basin Area Foundation is greatly honored to sustain his noble vision.