Wichita County Bar Association

Wichita County Bar Association

The Wichita County Bar Association established two scholarship funds with the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation scholarship program. Barry Macha is the fund advisor to both of these scholarship funds and they are awarded through the Martin Luther King Scholarship Committee.

The Charlye Farris Scholarship fund was initiated on the infamous day of September 11, 2011, in honor of Charlye Farris, the first African-American woman to become an attorney in the State of Texas. When Charlye was elected and sworn in as Special Wichita County Judge on July 7, 1954, she became the first African-American to serve as a judge in any capacity in the South since Reconstruction. The first female practicing attorney in Wichita county, Charley had an active solo practice for over 50 years in general civil litigation and family law. The Wichita Falls Area Miss Charley O. Farris Scholarship is for students interested in the study of law to attend college and law school. Preference will be given to traditionally underrepresented college or postgraduate, i.e., racial and or ethnic minorities.
Please see your high school counselor for the Charlye O. Farris scholarship application.

The Clyde Fillmore Scholarship was set up in tribute to this exceptional attorney and man in 1998 at the Texas Bar Foundation. At that time, Wichita Falls did not have a community foundation. In July, 2012, at the request of the Wichita County Bar Association, the Texas Bar Foundation granted the fund to the newly established Clyde Fillmore Scholarship Endowment fund at the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation. Clyde Fillmore possessed a deep-seated appreciation for freedom and justice having been a World War II veteran and former prisoner of war. After the war, Clyde returned to Wichita Falls to his family and the profession he loved. He was elected District Attorney. He later went into private practice, established his own firm, and became an oustanding civil trial lawyer. Considered a local treasure in the north Texas town, Fillmore was licensed to practice law for more than 70 years.

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