Frisco ISD is committed to helping students along the road to the future – whether that means college, technical and career training, the military, or straight into the workforce.
A major part of that road trip begins today. Members of the Class of 2017 who are interested in applying for a Frisco Education Foundation scholarship to help with college expenses can now begin their online application.
Announcements and meetings about the process have been happening at campuses for the past several weeks. The Foundation suggests students fill out the recommendations section right away, before moving on to writing the essay portion.
“We always recommend that students have someone – a parent or family friend – review the essay,” said Terri West, program specialist for the Foundation.
The deadline for submitting the application is firm. There are no exceptions. The application must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, December 16.
For many Frisco ISD graduates, receiving a Frisco Education Foundation scholarship was the starting point on their path to success.
The Frisco Education Foundation has awarded more than $4.2 million in scholarship funds since 1999, when FEF held its first scholarship night. In addition, FEF has awarded another $550,000 in grants to FISD educators to carry out “Great Ideas” in the classroom.
FEF Board Member Ortega Pittman visited several FISD high schools recently to meet with seniors about the scholarship program and the roadmap to applying. She is part of a team of Foundation supporters who work to inform students.
“This is an opportunity to inspire students, to raise awareness about opportunities,” she said.
The Foundation offers students, some of whom may not have thought about the financial side of college, awareness and resources.
“Kids get excited and ready to move ahead,” Pittman said. “The Foundation is passionate about rewarding talent – we recognize that we have a variety of students. The way Frisco Education Foundation helps our students seek higher education is one of the things that draws people to Frisco.”
Pittman says she loves how the Foundation brings the community together to support students through efforts such as the Gary Burns Annual Fun Run.
“We are demonstrating to everyone, this is how we function in Frisco ISD," Pittman said."We go out to the students. We have a contact person that they can call with questions. We have scholarship recipients who have finished their education and are living in our community. We (FEF and FISD) are developing the community’s infrastructure.”
The Frisco Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization working in partnership with Frisco Independent School District and the Frisco-area community to enhance the educational opportunities of students. Learn more at www.friscoeducationfoundation.org.