Irving—The Irving School Foundation (ISF) celebrated 123 graduating seniors who received a total of $431,900 combined scholarships on Tuesday, April 27. Despite a year of COVID-19 quarantines, students studying both in person and on-line, and the various needs throughout the district, the ISF provided all of the honored students with a box of graduation gifts.
“We are excited to celebrate our 34th annual Breakfast with the Stars event,” Crystal Scanio, President and CEO of ISF, said. “We are happy to highlight the 123 incredible students and 2 staff members receiving scholarships. We wish we could be together in person, but we are doing everything possible to make the virtual event just as fun. We hope the community will help us in congratulating these deserving students.
“Many of our students have faced challenges along the way that most adults do not face in their lifetimes. Yet, they are resilient and have worked hard to become the shining stars they are. We cannot wait to see what their futures hold, because we know they will be so bright.”
Sarah Thompson is the chair for the ISF board of directors.
“It is important to note that 65 percent of the recipients are the first in their families to attend college,” Thompson said. “This is a testament to the support our students receive from their families, friends, our community, and our incredible staff at the Irving ISD who have been their biggest cheerleaders all along the way.
“We are so thankful to have the support of our community, school administration, teachers, and staff as we continue our mission to provide world-class education to our students. It is because of you that our students will be college and career ready.”
“These are by far the best scholarship applications I have read in a long time,” Kay Branch, a board member for ISF, said. “Thank you to our teachers for preparing them to fill out applications properly and with thoughtful responses. Thank you students for desiring to pursue a higher education. We look forward to hearing about the great things our scholarship recipients as their educational journey continues. I hope some of you will come back and give to your community.”
Kristin Rodriguez is graduating from Nimitz High School and received a scholarship for $1000.
“I will be attending Texas Woman’s University in the fall, and I plan to major in kinesiology,” Rodriguez said. “I want to say thank you to the Larry Parish Scholarship. This scholarship will be a big help for me and my family. I wanted to say thank you to those who nominated me and those who picked me for these scholarships”
“I will be attending Texas Woman’s University in the fall,” graduating senior Kyla Naico said in a video. “I received the Nancy Chapman Golf Scholarship as well as two others. I want to thank the donors for making this possible. This money will be a great help for me for my tuition costs as well as the items I need to purchase in college to receive a higher education, so I can achieve my goals and dreams. I plan on majoring in music therapy in the fall.”
Chloe Cleveland was awarded the Judy Coyle scholarship.
“I attend MacArthur High school and will be attending Texas Woman’s University in the fall,” Cleveland said. “I will be majoring in English and plan to be a teacher when I graduate. This scholarship is specifically for future educators so that is why I was selected for this scholarship.
“The scholarship process is pretty easy. There is one big application for all of the Irving Foundation Scholarships. There are about twenty five questions, and you fill out all the questions that apply to you. You have a few months to fill out the questions on the application and then turn it into your school. We then just waited to be notified if we received a scholarship.
“I think the Irving Foundation did a great job with the Breakfast with the Stars virtual event. We each received a box with a certificate, a t- shirt, and a water bottle to make it more special. We also had a meeting with the organizers of the event.
“We were able to submit a biography, a photo, and even a video if we wanted. I felt that was so interactive, being able to contribute to the video. I was glad they included organizations from the school as part of our video, which is what they would do if they were in person. They did everything they could to make it a special event for us,” she said.