Submitted by Michele Garrison, MEF
The McKinney Education Foundation awarded over $325,000 in scholarships to MISD graduating seniors at MEF’s recent Scholarship Awards Night.
MEF Operations Director, Margaret Harsch, explained, “1,422 students will graduate from MISD this year. 419 students completed MEF scholarship applications, and thanks to our Scholarship Committee which works diligently each spring to thoroughly review the applications, 256 received scholarships (on May 18).”
According to Executive Director, Melanie Perkins, “Our goal is to someday be able to give every graduating MISD senior a scholarship, but until then, students can utilize our MEF Advisors to assist them in their search for additional college funding. Through the Dream Builders program, which helps MEF fund higher education specialists on each MISD high school campus, MEF Advisors have helped students secure an additional $54 million in individual scholarships and grants. Today, 50% of McKinney Independent School District (MISD) high school graduates receive some assistance with college funding due to the efforts of MEF. Our goal is to increase that percentage to 70% in the next two years, and engage the entire community in striving to make McKinney the #1 city in Texas for funding higher education.”
Since its inception twenty years ago, the McKinney Education Foundation (MEF) has provided scholarships to over 3,000 students for a total of $4,532,655. At last month’s twentieth anniversary gala, the community came together for an once-in-a-lifetime experience to honor MEF and McKinney’s ongoing commitment to education. With the announcement of the McKinney/Collin College Initiative, a cooperative program of MEF, McKinney ISD, the City of McKinney and Collin College, MEF will fund $5,000 scholarships, which cover two years of tuition, books and fees to Collin College for students living in McKinney.
MEF will continue to provide a spotlight on higher education while enriching the lives of McKinney students, educators, community leaders and the business community by providing a resource for MISD students to achieve a college education. A non-profit organization, the primary goal of the McKinney Education Foundation (MEF) is to provide funding for higher education for the students of McKinney. For more information on MEF and the programs available, or to contribute to the mission, “we envision a future where a passion for learning unleashes the full potential of our community” visit www.mmeeff.com.
The 2012 MEF Scholarship Award Recipients:
Alexis Acosta – Stephanie Smith Memorial
Jaison Acosta – Lynn Sperry Endowment
Rahat Ahmed – ALPS
Lauren Allen – McKinney Education Foundation Achievement Award
Lauren Allen – Spencer Taylor Memorial
Melanie Almanza – Durham Transportation
Photo courtesty of Joe Ownbey: Pictured (Left to right): MEF Board of Trustees: Ray Eckenrode, Dave Omholt, Patti Churner, Lynn Sperry, John Valencia, Pam Sexton, Kathy Parker, Carol Wichmann, Sandra Froese