Jo Bob Hille Memorial Scholarship

jobobhille_smJo Bob and Mary Ann Hille founded the Hille Foundation in 1997 as a way to formalize their strong belief in giving. They had always been active volunteers and valued supporters of the Tulsa community and felt forming a foundation was the way to accomplish their philanthropic goals more efficiently.

Jo Bob Hille was born and raised in Collinsville, Oklahoma. After earning a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa, he embarked on a life-long career in the oil business. He eventually settled, with his wife and college sweetheart, Mary Ann Moyers, in Tulsa where he worked for Andover Oil Company. He then went on to co-found Vintage Petroleum in 1983, a publicly-traded oil and natural gas company on the New York Stock Exchange. Jo Bob held various positions at Vintage, including Chief Executive Officer, before his retirement in 1999. He was always a small-town boy who held the idea of community and the support of community effort in the highest regard. The Hille Foundation is a testament to this belief – that in life you are what you give back.

Current Jo Bob Hille Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Terran Johnson from Tulsa

Melody Sanches from Tulsa

Navid Majidi from Tulsa

Gabriel Sanches from Tulsa

Andrew Brill from Owasso

Taylor Johnson from Tulsa

Jo Bob Hille Recipients Who Have Successfully Graduated From College

Austin Crandall from Southwester Oklahoma State University

Garrett Powders from Rogers State University

Brad Kershaw from Oklahoma State University

The Jo Bob Hille Memorial Scholarship Is:
  • Awarded in an amount up to $10,000 per student per school year in order to offset the annual cost of higher education at an accredited Oklahoma school.
  • Scholarships must be used for qualified higher education expenses as defined by the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan.
  • Awarded based upon financial need, fulfillment of the application requirements, level of involvement & participation in The First Tee of Tulsa and the selection of the scholarship committee.
  • Recipients of the scholarship must meet specific requirements for years 2nd, 3rd and 4th years. (Defined in the annual requirements for the recipient)
  • Offered to one student per year.
  • Scholarships are contingent upon availability of funds.
  • This scholarship does not pay for online courses.

Scholarships must be used for qualified higher education expenses, as defined by the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan.  Qualified higher education expenses include tuition, mandatory fees, books, supplies and equipment required for the enrollment and attendance of the beneficiary at an eligible educational institution and, under certain circumstances, room and board expenses. Qualified higher education expenses also include certain additional enrollment and attendant costs of a beneficiary who is a special needs beneficiary in connection with the beneficiary’s enrollment or attendance at an eligible institution. For this purpose, eligible educational institutions generally are accredited post-secondary educational institutions offering credit toward a bachelor’s degree, and associate degree, a graduate-level degree of professional degree, or another recognized post-secondary credential.)

Requirements of the Applicant:
  • Must complete a competitive course of study and graduate high school.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in core curriculum in high school.
  • Must take the ACT or SAT test (Critical Reading, Math and writing) and be accepted at an accredited school.
  • Must demonstrate written skills as evidenced by the quality of the applicant’s essay.
  • Recipients must provide an official transcript showing their grades and a school profile with the completed application. Transcript and profile may be obtained from the high school guidance counselor.
  • Must submit two letters of recommendation, one from a school counselor, teacher or mentor and the other from a parent or guardian describing why the student should receive the scholarship.
  • Must be an active participant in The First Tee of Tulsa program at the time of application.
  • Must have been a participant in a class at The First Tee of Tulsa for at least 2 years prior to the application.
  • Must be involved in Chapter activities such as mentoring, volunteering, and or participating in The First Tee community service outings/outreach programs.
  • Must be eagle certified, and or be actively participating in the certification process.
  • Show evidence of responsible citizenship through meaningful involvement in the community or civic activities.
  • Must disclose any and all scholarships received and the amounts.
  • Must provide a copy of your and your parent’s or guardian’s most recent tax return. If you or your family has unusual circumstances (such as loss of employment) please note it.
Annual Requirements for the Recipient to Renew the Scholarship for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Years:
  • Must complete a minimum of 12 hours each semester, not including online courses, at an accredited Oklahoma college or university to be considered a full-time student.
  • Must maintain a GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale each semester. It is the student’s responsibility to submit their official transcript at the end of each semester (no later than December 23 for the Fall Semester and May 25 for the Spring Semester).  Failure to submit an official transcript by the due date may result in the loss of the scholarship.  Official transcripts should be sent to:
    • Jo Bob Hille Memorial Scholarship
      c/o The First Tee of Tulsa
      5223 East 41 Street North
      Tulsa, OK 74115
  • Must maintain the minimum GPA required by attending classes only at the designated accredited Oklahoma college or university.  Online courses and courses taken at another institution are not accepted or permitted in order to achieve the minimum GPA requirement.
  • Must communicate the status of their grades twice during the semester via electronic mail to Mrs. Mary Ann Hille at
  • Must fulfill the requirement of continued involvement in The First Tee program.  Each recipient must work 100 hours per year in The First Tee program. (This will be a paid position.)
  • Must provide a list of all scholarships/grants and amounts received in the previous year.
  • Must represent The First Tee program by being a good ambassador and role model for others to follow.
  • If any of these requirements are not met, it may result in the loss of the scholarship.

To apply for the Jo Bob Hille Memorial Scholarship return the following application and required attachments to:

Applications for the first year of the scholarship and required attachments must be received by March 1st at the address below.  Applications to renew the scholarship must be received by January 15 at the address below.

The First Tee of Tulsa Scholarship Committee
5223 East 41st Street North
Tulsa, OK 74115


congratulations 2018 Scholarship winner

Congratulations to Taylor Johnson our 2018 Scholarship winner.

Congratulations 2017 Scholarship winners

Congratulations to both Andrew Brill and Gabriel Sanches, our 2017 Scholarship winners.

Congratulations 2016 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Melody Sanches and Navid Majidi, our 2016 Scholarship winners.