Texas Christian University Surprises 11 DeSoto, TX Students with Scholarships

Texas Christian University Surprises 11 DeSoto, TX Students with Scholarships

In just the fifth year of participating in the thirteen-year old program, DeSoto High School students are proving their worth to the Texas Christian University’s Community Scholars program.

On April 1, eleven (11) more DeSoto students, the most ever from one school, were named to the Community Scholars program at TCU – earning them a $246,000 scholarship each for a total of $2.7 million! Twenty-four DeSoto students have earned this scholarship over the past four years bringing the total to 35 students!Congratulations:

•Indigo Dillard

•Julian Escamilla

•Marcus McGarity

•Briana Robison

•Abriana Terrell

•Tyler Traylor

•Derion Woods

•Briget Williams

•Mukamtagara Walker-Williams

•Kenneth White

•Tashell Simon-Hayward

The students and parents were sequestered in the senior suite the morning of April 1 for what most hoped was not an April Fool’s Day prank. As they entered the DHS bistro full of campus staff and counselors along with TCU representatives on hand to present the awards, parents’ and students’ eyes filled with tears at the realization that the perseverance and hard work had paid off!

TCU representatives Timeka Gordon and Victoria Herrera applauded the dedication of the students and parents and praised the campus and district for preparing students for the rigor of college and for the quality of applicants over the years. Of the six recipients in 2010, five are expected to graduate this May and one will complete coursework this fall and graduate in December.

DHS Counselor Clarissa Savoy praised the TCU program for helping students have success at college. “The program isn’t just a scholarship, but also a support group,” said Savoy. “They stay in contact with the students, have social gatherings, provide academic support and do community service projects together. We feel this is one of the best college completion-driven programs for our students and are honored to be part of it.”

Source: Focus Daily News

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