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FHS Graduate Works Throughout College but Scholarship Eases Financial Burden (October, 2006)

Kim CraigKim Craig is a familiar face to many Frisco residents, particularly if they are patients at Lee Dental of Frisco. Craig, a graduate of Frisco High School and Frisco Education Foundation Scholarship winner, has worked her way through school as a dental assistant. She is now in her final year of Dental Hygiene School at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas.
Craig says she knows receiving scholarship money through FEF has made a difference in her college years. She was able to live on the campus of University of Texas at Dallas instead of commuting from Frisco because of her scholarship money. “I was truly able to be part of the university. I was involved in campus activities which included being part of the Orientation Team. As part of that organization, I welcomed new students to the school and helped them with their transition to college life,” she said. Craig attended UTD for three years getting her prerequisites for Dental Hygiene School. During that time she also taught a leadership course for two years. The Orientation Team and the Leadership class helped her learn about herself and grow as a person, she said.

“After I left UTD, the scholarship money I received each semester went towards tuition and books, which made the financial burden much easier to bear,” she said.

Craig participated in the Gary Burns Fun Run as a high school student. The event raises funds for the Gary Burns Memorial Scholarship and is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser. Even after leaving high school she did a little “behind-the-scenes” work for the run, though because she works on Saturday she was not able to enter the actual run. “Participation is so important because the money raised goes to such a wonderful cause. College scholarships are so beneficial for opening avenues of opportunities which would otherwise be inaccessible. I’m truly grateful for the opportunities I’ve experienced through this program,” she said.

This month’s Gary Burns Fun Run is scheduled for October 28 at Hall Office Park. Persons interested in registering for the run or who want to know how they can support the Foundation may go to www.Friscoisd.org and look under the community section or call Director Allison Miller at (469) 633-6864.