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What is the SMBS?

The Sheriff’s Memorial and Benevolent Society of Travis County is a non-political non-governmental 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.  It was created to accept donations from any outside source and in turn give those monies or property to employees, families and friends of Travis County and the Sheriff’s Office in the case of emergency or misfortunes of nature.  The funds can also be used for Memorials, Scholarships, other educational programs and the support of any public safety project or program.  Political activity is contrary to the purposes of this corporation. 

The SMBS is made up of a Board of Directors who meets once a year, and as the need arises.  The board oversees the accounts to be sure that the bylaws are followed.  The SMBS has no employees but does have volunteers who help out with fund-raisers as needed.  Since the board is not paid either, and there is no office overhead, the administrative costs have been minimal.  Which means that 99.9% of all money donated is given to the person or project it was donated for.

Tragedy happens year round so the SMBS accepts donations year round.  With the SMBS you can give and get a tax deduction at the same time. If you interested in giving to the SMBS our contact information is;

Sheriff’s Memorial and Benevolent Society of Travis County, Inc.
PO Box 252, Del Valle, Texas 78617 
(512) 854-4986

Scholarship Information

The SMBS is proud to announce the availability of three college scholarships for eligible applicants:

Dan T. Richards Scholarship
Curtis Weeks Scholarship
David M. Balagia Scholarship

The Scholarship applications are due by May 1st and will be awarded in July for the upcoming school year.  The rules and application for this scholarship are linked below.  Applications should be returned to:

Sheriff’s Memorial and Benevolent Society of Travis County, Inc.
PO Box 252, Del Valle, Texas 78617

Scholarship Details:

Dan T. Richards Scholarship
Amount: $500 per year
One Recipient
Major/Focus of Studies: All
Conditions: Entering freshman/full-time student (minimum 12 hrs. per semester); benefiting youth "at risk"
Basis: Based on essay
Download application

Curtis Weeks Scholarship for Journalism
Amount: $500 per year
One Recipient
Major/Focus of Studies: Journalism at the University of Texas Austin
Conditions: Undergraduate or graduate level, full-time student (12 hrs. per semester minimum)
Basis: Based on essay 
Download application

David M. Balagia Scholarship for Criminal Justice
Amount: $500 per year One recipient
Major/Focus of Studies: Criminal Justice
Conditions: Undergraduate or graduate level, full-time student (minimum 12 hrs. per semester); Travis County employee or child of Travis County employee
Basis: Based on essay
Download application

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