Caffarelli Scholarship

About the Scholarship

Rocco C. Caffarelli established this scholarship in order to provide educational opportunities for young men residing in Texas who plan to attend a Texas college and earn a bachelor’s degree.

Mr. Caffarelli and his family immigrated to the United States from Italy. He and his brothers began their lives in the United States by playing their violins at weddings. Later, he owned a grocery store, then opened a wholesale grocery business that served stores all over South Texas. He passed away in 1951.

Mr. Caffarelli had no formal schooling, but he loved to read, sometimes even leaving the dinner table to look up a word in the dictionary. He lived a simple life, never marrying or driving a car. He valued education above all else. His philosophy was, “You can’t do everything, so do one thing well.” He loved Texas and wanted to give something back to the state that had been so good to him and his family. Even though he did not live to see any of his scholarship winners attend school, this generous man has made it possible for over 1,600 young men to achieve their academic dreams.

The value of each scholarship is based on financial need, not to exceed $6,000 per academic year, for a maximum of four years, subject to renewal qualifications. You are eligible for this scholarship if you plan to attend a not-for-profit Texas college with the goal of earning a bachelor’s degree (not a vocational certificate).

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

  • You must be a young man who is a resident of the state of Texas.
  • You must be a freshman in the Fall of 2024.
  • You must demonstrate financial need.
  • You must be a person of good character and ideals.
  • You must enroll in a Bachelor’s program offered by a Texas college or university.
How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted digitally. Click here to apply. Program Key: Caffarelli

Application Deadline

Applications will be available from December 1, 2023 with a deadline of February 2, 2024.

Application Checklist

The application consists of the following

  • Biographical questionnaire
  • High school transcript
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Copy of SAR (the whole report, not just the summary page)
  • Secondary school report
  • Student's authorization for release of information
  • Optional: personal letter of recommendation


For more information, please email or call (855) 670-4787.