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FEF Scholarship Night Makes Dreams Come True (May , 2007)


Vaughn Lohec presents Scholarship to Lindsey StroudSmall World Scholarship Winners and PresentersThe expectations were high and the parents were proud at the annual Frisco Education Foundation Scholarship Night held April 12. The Foundation Board and the various organizations and families who fund scholarships through FEF were excited to be handing out college money to a record breaking number of seniors. The event was held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

More than 160 students received funds through FEF at the event. The scholarships   include the well-known Gary Burns Continuing Scholarship and With Love It’s A Small World Scholarship. Other significant scholarships such as Steve and Sue Sydow Scholarships, the Lauren Catuzzie Grandcolas Foundation Scholarship, Frisco Soccer Association, Frisco Football League, Frisco Kiwanis Club, F.A.S.S.T,  and  FSpN, were also given out according to Allison Miller, Foundation Director. Many individuals and families in Frisco have chosen to honor their respect for FISD and keep the memory of their loved ones alive through memorial scholarships – such as the Anderson, Pink and Stern Scholarship and the John Weinberg Scholarship. This year the Foundation helped give away about a quarter of a million dollars in scholarship money, Miller said.

Organizations such as the PTA/PTO organizations, the Frisco Garden Club among others use the Foundation as a facilitator for their scholarship awards.  FISD employees can participate in a payroll deduction plan to provide scholarships for graduating children of employees, as well.

“We could never do this without the very generous and significant support of the community and board of directors,” Miller said. “My motto is that it truly takes a community to build a foundation. The fact that so many students are receiving money, whether it’s a one-time scholarship that will help pay for books or an endowed scholarship that makes a real difference in tuition – it tells the student that FISD and this community wants them to succeed. We serve as a catalyst for other entities to support our students through scholarships. Without us being here, some organizations might not have an avenue for this type of program.”

If you are interested in investing in the future of an FISD student, contributions may be made payable to the Frisco Education Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 567, Frisco, TX 75034. The Frisco Education Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, please call the Foundation at 469.633.6864.