Friendswood High School, the Friendswood High School Parent Teacher Organization (FHS PTO) and Higginbotham, the largest independent insurance firm based in Texas, have partnered to raise money for FHS student scholarships. Beginning in August 2018, Higginbotham will match every dollar up to $10,000 that the FHS PTO raises for scholarships this school year, giving it the opportunity to award exemplary graduating seniors up to $20,000 collectively.
Seniors awarded these scholarships must have community service hours including volunteer hours with the FHS PTO, have parents or guardians who are members of the FHS PTO and have demonstrated academic excellence. In the spring of 2018, Higginbotham matched $3,500 raised by the FHS PTO for scholarships. (see picture).
The match is paid by the Higginbotham Community Fund, a donor-advised fund established by Higginbotham in 2011, that is wholly funded by Higginbotham employee pledges and donations. To date, the fund has granted $1,391,200 to 501(c)(3) organizations across Texas, including Friendswood ISD and Lighthouse Charity Team among other locally operating nonprofits.
“We created the Higginbotham Community Fund to support the development of the communities where our employees and customers live,” said Ryan Moss, managing partner of Higginbotham in Friendswood. “I’m proud to have this opportunity to enrich the lives of deserving FHS seniors, but I’m even prouder of our employees who make it possible to give back.”
Dawn Barta, FHS PTO president, said, “We’re excited to once again work with Ryan and Higginbotham. He has a long history of reaching out to the PTOs in Friendswood and helping when people have a need, as in 2015 after severe weather, and again after Hurricane Harvey. It’s this kind of constant community support that makes us proud to have Higginbotham supporting our efforts to promote the students of Friendswood High School.” Businesses and families in the Friendswood community can support the scholarship program by donating to the FHS PTO Scholarship Committee. Visit FHSPTO.org for more information, or mail checks to the FHS PTO at 702 Greenbriar Ave, Friendswood, TX 77546.
Higginbotham is a single source for insurance and financial services that brokers business insurance, employee benefits, retirement plans, executive benefits, life insurance, and home/auto insurance from more than 250 regional and national carriers. It supplements coverage with in-house risk management and benefit plan administration services. The firm was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, with 28 additional offices serving domestic and international customers. Higginbotham ranks by revenue as the nation’s 27th largest independent insurance brokerage firm, making it the largest Texas-based broker (Business Insurance, July 2018). Visit higginbotham.net for more information.