Scholarships help students on path to success
This is an exciting time of year for high school seniors as graduation day draws near and they prepare to close one chapter and move on to the next phase of their young lives. It is also a great time to recognize students for their commitment to excellence down through the years and celebrate with those who have earned academic scholarships to pursue higher education.
Every year, Dallas ISD students earn millions of scholarship dollars to enable them to attend college. Last year, the districtwide total was well over $104 million in college scholarships.
This year, students in District 1 represent a large number of those receiving scholarship offers. To date, students at W.T. White High School alone have been offered more than $3.4 million in college scholarships and grants, and they are being courted by some of the top universities in the country, including Texas A&M, University of Texas, SMU, Texas Tech and as far away as Hawaii Pacific University and Hofstra University in New York. Thomas Jefferson High School students pulled in a number of offers as well totaling roughly $800,000, thus far. Congratulations to each of these students, and we wish you all the best and encourage you to dare greatly.
Dallas ISD high school graduation season kicks off May 25.
• W.T. White High School, 7 p.m., Friday, May 26 at Alfred Loos Stadium
• Thomas Jefferson High School , 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 27 at Alfred Loos Stadium
For the complete graduation schedule, visit: http://www.dallasisd.org/graduations. The district will live stream all graduations that take place at Loos and Ellis Davis.
Other news in District 1:
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, a time to say thank you to the many parents, community members, businesses and partners who support our schools in wonderful ways. A special thank you to the Jiv Daya Foundation, winner of the Superintendent’s Award. The foundation provided a grant to the W.T. White feeder pattern to bring Kindles to every student in grades 3-5; Home Depot for their donations to help the Caillet Garden Club; Laura Olvera and Miriam Acevedo who both won the Volunteer Impact Award for School Support; Annette Prager, winner of the Volunteer Impact Award for Classroom Support; Fidelity Investments, winner of the Outstanding Business Partner Award; and the many volunteers who were selected as finalists in the 2016-2017 Dallas ISD Volunteer and Partner Awards. They are: Stela Castillo, Danny Hurley, Megan Jennings, Steve Love, Gopal Raman, Fran Vance, Christian Chapel Temple of Faith, Gateway Church, Holy Cross Lutheran, Greenhill, Hockaday, and St. Marks. Thank you for positively impacting students’ lives.
Withers Takes Flight Event
Please come out and support Withers Elementary at the Withers Takes Flight to Hollywood auction, 7 p.m., April 29, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.
If you’re looking for exceptional summer programs for your children, be sure to come out to the Dallas ISD and Dallas City of Learning Summer Resource Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 29, on the grounds of Mt. Auburn Elementary School, 6012 E. Grand Ave., 75223. You’ll have a chance to explore more than 100 summer learning opportunities, activities, and resources for children of all ages. There will be food, fun and loads of family resources to take advantage of, including free immunizations and health screenings. Don’t miss this opportunity to see all the options available to you and your child this summer.
—Edwin Flores is the District 1 representative on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees
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