The Amber Lindley Memorial Scholarship helps students accomplish their goals while keeping the memory of Amber alive.

The scholarship was founded on July 16, 2012, one day after Amber Lindley, age 18, passed away from a seizure in her sleep. Amber, the daughter of Dana and Connie Lindley and sister of Nikki and Jaci, graduated from Graham High School May 25, 2012. She had attended Renee’s Dance Factory since age 3, was of strong faith in Christianity and loved to dance.

The eligibility standards for this scholarship are quite different from many others. 


The scholarship isn’t based on grades, financial situations or anything. 



The qualifications to apply for the scholarship are quite simple — be a Graham High School senior and submit an essay.

Amber Lindley
Amber Lindley (Courtesy photo)

The essay should define what the student thinks is the most important trait needed in a youth’s personality to achieve that special spirit, and it must defend or explain that choice. 


Scholarship recipients this year were Tayler Ooton, Mallie Springer and Janson Graham, who received $1,000 each. The amount will vary each year.


Scholarship recipients are selected by a “blind committee” of people who knew and loved Amber and the spirit she shared with them.


Funds for the scholarship have also been raised through paint war portraits taken by Deniesha M. Photography. Donations for the photos completely benefit the scholarship fund. 

Also, during Renee’s Dance Factory’s May recital, parents and students can buy Ambergrams which are delivered back stage to the dancers, wishing them luck in their performance. Proceeds from Ambergrams benefit the scholarship as well. 

Various other fundraisers have been held to raise funds in addition to individual donations. The scholarship is presented annually at the scholarship ceremony at Graham High School in the spring. 

To apply for the Amber Lindley Memorial Scholarship or to donate, send essays or donations to: Amber Lindley Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 1804, Graham, TX 76450.