Photo Caption: From left to right- McKinney High Seniors receive the MHS PTO Scholarship: Garrett Steck, Maya Flippen, Elizabeth Proctor (MHS PTO), Rebecca Browder, Chinelo Onubogu, Bill Kemsley Photo Credit: OwnbeyPhotography.com
McKinney civic and business leaders, teachers, administrators, committed citizens and superintendents past and present were on-hand May 20 to honor the MISD Class of 2011 with scholarships as they prepare for their post high school future. It was an emotional night as proud parents looked on as their seniors were
rewarded for years of hard work and dedication.
In fact, if you missed it, Stuart Pearlman was there to provide a photo gallery of the event or TownSquareBuzz. You can view that previous story by clicking the following link:
Donors gave heartfelt speeches before their presentations, sharing their inspirations for giving. For most, it was in honor of a parent or community member who had given of themselves to help them succeed in school and in life, and now is their opportunity to pay it forward.
As MEF Board President, Kathy Parker, introduced the event she stated “Our donors have experienced a better life because of the opportunities their educations provided. We are honoring you students tonight for your academic achievements, and the scholarships you are receiving exist because this community believes in the value of higher education. I know of no better investment in the future, so as Mark
Twain once said, ‘Throw off the bowlines, and sail away from the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover.’”
Mayor Loughmiller addressed this year’s recipients by saying, “Please remember that these local organizations have spent the last year or more raising money for you – the Class of 2011 – because they believe in you and your future. Every one of us in this room is a resource for you, even after you leave McKinney. We hope you will return to McKinney after college to pursue your careers in our community”.
“MEF experienced a record number of scholarship applications this year, so competition was fierce” explained MEF Executive Director Melanie Perkins. “We were able to give scholarships to 247 seniors this year totaling $322,000. Our goal is to someday be able to give every graduating MISD senior a scholarship, but we are simply not there yet. In the meantime, students can utilize our MEF Advisors to assist them in their search for additional college funding. This year, our MEF
Advisors secured a record amount of over $9 million for college-bound students, and that amount does not include federal or state aid offered through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)!”
Please see below for a complete list of the 2011 MEF Scholarship Awardees:
Robert “Hobie” Harris