Twenty Dallas-area high school seniors received a total of $43,000 in academic scholarships from the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation and its supporters at its 38th Annual College Scholarship Reception. These scholarships are renewable over four years for a total of $172,000. Along with these scholars, the YMCA awarded an additional $119,000 to 71 continuing college students who re-qualified for prior scholarships based on academic achievement.
Funds for the scholarships are made possible through, the Carl B. and Florence E. King and the F.W. and Bessie A. Dye Foundations. These funds were given to the Dallas Y’s Foundation to provide post secondary scholarships for local youth subject to certain items and conditions. YMCA Scholarships along with the King and Dye Scholarships are distributed to students who demonstrate the desire to attend and complete college. Scholarships are awarded based on motivation, achievement, and financial need. Also considered are high school grades, college entrance exam scores, and community involvement.
"Since 1981, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas has awarded nearly $4 million for educational scholarships to young adults from the Dallas and North Texas area and we are proud to again continue this tradition for the 38th consecutive year," said Curt Hazelbaker, President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “Students receiving scholarships must provide enrollment information, grades, and community service hours to renew the scholarship. These students deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, we believe with the Y’s support we can help ensure a brighter future for our youth.”
Students awarded scholarships are as follows:
- Shaina Adelman, Bishop Dunne Catholic School
- Kailee Callaghan, Highland Park High School
- Ellie Chen, Liberty High School
- Alexandra Coulson, Lake Highlands High School
- Grace Doyle, The Greenhill School
- Taylor Enslin, Sache High School
- Anamarie Garcia, Seton Home Study Front Royal
- Kaitlyn Garza, Rockwall High School
- Cambria Henderson, Coppell High School
- Jonathan Huynh, Rockwall High School
- Bailee Jennings, Waxahachie High School
- Jackson Klein, Flower Mound High School
- Sharrika Levingston, Waxahachie High School
- Sharif Long, Duncanville High School
- Cecille Lopez, Lakeview Centennial High School
- Ruht Lovos, Jack E. Singley Academy
- Daniela Martinez, TAG Law Magnet School
- Mackenzie Meadows, Alcuin School
- Precious Nguyen, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy
- Lydia Reiff-Martin, Richardson High School
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation
The first gift to the Endowment Fund was made by E.R. Brown, Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors from 1919-1934. The will of Mr. Brown established a Trust to pay the YMCA and his church $1,000 annually for maintenance, upkeep and operation. In the intervening years, many gifts have been received from those with similar interests for the perpetuity of the mission and growth of the YMCA’s service to youth and families of the greater Dallas area.
In 1995 the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation was chartered as a Texas non-profit corporation to manage the investments and distribution of the endowment of the YMCA Foundation. As of March 2018, the market value of the Endowment Fund assets is $25 million.
A majority of the scholarships awarded to the students are from the F.W. & Bessie A. Dye Foundation Scholarship fund and the remaining scholarships are funded through community gifts and donated gifts to the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation.
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in 21 North Texas communities, the Dallas Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.ymcadallas.org