Scholarship Night Helps Students Prepare for the Game of Life

May 31, 2018

Outgoing School Board member John Hoxie greets students at Scholarship Awards programDonors and recipients enjoyed dinner at Dr Pepper Arena before awards announcmentsSusan Thomas, donor, was one of many donors to attend FEF Scholarship Night

Everyone who grew up playing board games knows that it is the spin of the dial or the roll of the dice that moves you forward to victory. The 2018 Frisco Education Foundation Scholarship Night awards helped 691 Frisco ISD senior recipients get on the board for the “game” of their life.

Game On to your Future was the theme of the evening. Larger-than-life game pieces designed by Reedy High School technical theatre students, under the direction of Ben Shurr, graced the stage. Vintage board games made up the centerpieces at the guest tables.

A total of 843 scholarships totaling more than $700,000 were awarded through this annual program, which culminates in scholarship presentations at Dr Pepper Arena. Title sponsor for the presentation is Frisco Dodge, which over the last three years contributed $114,000 to the Frisco Education Foundation Scholarship program, to fund scholarships for graduating FISD seniors.

“Friends, teachers, even perfect strangers are investing in your future,” said the evening’s Master of Ceremonies Cristal Howard, publisher of Community Impact Newspaper and a member of the Frisco Education Foundation board.

Throughout the evening Howard encouraged students and parents to celebrate the achievements of students and the generosity of the donors. The largest donation in the history of the program was made in 2014 by longtime Frisco resident and landowner, Roger Lawler. He donated $1,000,000 to be used to provide help for students who would not be able to go to college due to financial hardship.

Allison Miller, FEF director, reminded the audience that every year the Foundation has more students apply for scholarships. The Foundation urges more community members and businesses to consider donating so that even more students may be served, she said.

In addition to scholarships funded by the Foundation, the Foundation prides itself in serving as the catalyst for outside donors to award scholarships to FISD graduating high school seniors in the name of their corporation, organization, school/youth group or in memory/honor of an individual. Scholarships range in value and awards are submitted directly to the college or university of the student’s choice. Frisco ISD graduating seniors must submit an application to be considered for the scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, community involvement, volunteer efforts and other criteria designated by donors.

Learn more about how you can support FISD students through college scholarships.

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