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Frisco Education Foundation’s Scholarship Night Brings Joy and Hope to FISD Seniors (May, 2006)

The Sixth Annual Frisco Education Foundation Scholarship Night spotlighted the best and brightest of Frisco Independent School District’s graduating seniors and distributed $173,800 in scholarship money to these well-qualified students.

The foundation spends the year collecting money for merit scholarships, memorial scholarships such as the Gary Burns Memorial Scholarship, payroll deduction scholarships for children of FISD employees and matching scholarships with community leaders such as Tenet Healthcare, Oncor and FSpN, North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, FEDC and FSpN, and Ray Smith and FSpN. The foundation also serves as an umbrella organization for other groups who want to give scholarships to students such as the With Love It’s A Small World, the Frisco FFA Buyers Committee, F.A.S.S.T (the community swim team), the Frisco Garden Club, Stonebriar Realty Associates, and endowed scholarships such as the John Weinberg Scholarship, the First National Bank Southwest’s Get It Done Scholarship, Southwest Securities Freedom Scholarship and the Anderson, Pink and Stern Scholarship.

Students receiving scholarships must fill out packets of information and go through an extensive interview process with members of the foundation board. Individual scholarships may attach specialized criteria to a scholarship award such as the student’s plans for a specific major in college.

This year’s scholarship recipients are Patricia Aguirre, Joshua Aiken, Danielle Ancker, Misty-Joyce Arayata, Whitney Armstrong, Matthew Barber, Yingda Bi, Heather Blizzard, Rachel Borchers, Sarah Borchers, Ashley Bowden, Chelsea Bradford, Whitney Brazeal, Joseph Capp, Kori Chaisson, Diana Chavez, Jenny Choi, Jake Connerton, Lauren Couch, Lauren Craig, Matthew Crook, Channing Denton, Tony Douglas, Cody Dunfield, Bridget Elliot, Christie Elliot, Brittany Elwell, Robert Eubanks, Shawna Force, Alyssa Frye, Gerardo Gaona, Alex Garbarini, Alyssa Garcia, Matthew Giess, Ty Gornstein, Chris Gowdy, Grayson Gray, Ilse Gutierrez, Brian Hales, Brandon Harrison, Amber Hawter, Laren Hays, Megan Heinz, Libby Hicks, Jon Mark Howeth, Sarah Hunter, Amanda Jarrell, Gurbinder Jassar, Maaheen Jawaid, Kaely Kantaris, Justin Karr, Parker Kellogg, James Kenny, Justin King, Molly Kinson, Andrew Klingsick, Matthew Kolodoski, Jeffrey Kuenzle, Ashley Leafgren, Pierre LeBlanc, Ilsa Levine, Yuan-Yi “Andrew” Lin, Jonathan Lujan, John R. Mak, Kate Marr, Ashley “Kristen” Mayfield, Elizabeth McCarthy, Danny McDonnell, Kira McStay, Joshua Mikulewicz, Megan Molidor, Katheryn Moore, Daniela Morlan, Garrett Moseley, Abigail Niehaus, Olutayo Ogunsola Jr., Sandra Omielanczuk, Molly Pannell, Ana Parker, David Paukovitz, Elizabeth Peterson, Chase Poe, Lauren Pool, Kel Presley, Saad Quddusi, Tyler Ratcliff, Steven Reames, Thiago Rebello, Laura Remson, Rachel Renshaw, Devon Reynolds, Katy Richie, Christine Salmon, Monica Serowski, Robert Shelton, Jaclyn Shultz, Rachel Simpson, Joshua Smetzer. Ji Eun “Jessica” Song, Shannon Stewart, Christina Stylianou, Spenser Sydow, Casey Terna, Lauren Tressler, Jason Turner, Sonya Veron, Alexandre Vidal, Ben Walker, Emily Watson, Shawna Watterson, Amanda Williams, Andy Williams, Jaclyn Williamson, Hayli Wise, Brandon Wood and Alifonso Zamora.