East Texas Communities Foundation recently awarded $189,500 in scholarships to high school and college students from East Texas for the 2018-19 school years.
New scholarship recipients were honored at a reception at Marvin United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 10. Scholarship amounts range from $300-$5,000 per student originating from 52 different scholarship funds at East Texas Communities Foundation.
“East Texas Communities Foundation is honored to help these deserving students continue their education and grateful for the opportunity to fulfill the charitable goals of the many individuals, organizations, and families who have made it possible,” said Kyle Penney, President of East Texas Communities Foundation. “Each year we are impressed with the quality of students applying for these funds. The donors who have invested in these students through the creation of scholarship funds have given a lasting gift to all East Texans.”
This year, a total of five Class of 2018 graduates from Bullard High School were the recipients of scholarships through East Texas Communities Foundation.
Cleet Bowman received the Richard B. and Mary Lou Hamm Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship, renewable for a total of four years, given to Bullard High School graduating senior planning to attend the University of Texas at Tyler.
At T Tyler, Cleet Bowman plans to major in business. Bowman played varsity football, varsity baseball, and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Additionally, Luke Bowman was awarded the Retail Merchants Association of Tyler Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship for graduating seniors from Smith County and select surrounding high schools planning to major in business, as well as the Richard B. and Mary Lou Hamm Scholarship.
Planning to attend the University of Texas at Tyler and major in business, Bowman served as Captain of the varsity football team, varsity basketball, National Honor Society member, and member of the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Delaney Folmar was presented with the ETMC Junior Volunteer Scholarship, honoring the dedicated service of its junior volunteers. Recipients of this scholarship must have completed at least 100 hours of volunteer service and plan to pursue a career in the healthcare field.
Folmar will be pursuing a degree in Nursing and plans to attend Tyler Junior College. She served as Head Student Athletic Trainer and participated in the Bullard FFA.
Megan McCoy took home the Vision for Your Future Scholarship, established by Dr. Neisha Rudd to encourage and support Smith County students interested in entering the medical profession.
McCoy will be attending the University of Texas at Austin majoring in biology. While at Bullard High School, McCoy was Assistant Drum Major of the band, Vice President of both the Key Club and National Honor Society, and received first place in chemistry as part of the UIL Science Team.
The final scholarship received by a BHS Class of 2018 graduate was Garrett Watkins, receiving the Citizens First Bank/Perkins Family Foundation Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship for children of State of Texas employees who are residents of Cherokee, Nacogdoches or Smith County, and the Tyler Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association Scholarship, established through the fundraising efforts of the Tyler Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and awarded to a dependent of a Tyler Police Department employee.
Watkins plans to major in Psychology while attending the University of Texas at Austin. Watkins participated in the Boy Scouts achieving the Eagle Scout distinction. He also participated in Key Club, was a member of the National Honor Society, Bullard High School Drama Club and Heath Occupation Students of America (HOSA).
The Brook Hill School was represented on the East Texas Communities Foundation’s 2018 scholarship winners, as Lori Wise was presented with the Brook Hill Founder’s Scholarship, a $2,500 scholarship created by Brook Hill founder Steve Dement to enable students to continue their education at Baylor University where he earned three degrees.
Wise will be attending Baylor University majoring in Nursing. Wise was a member of the National Honor Society, played golf, participated in the theater program, debate and was a majorette in the band.
East Texas Communities Foundation is a nonprofit corporation serving 32 counties in East Texas. The Foundation distributed $7.3 million in grants in 2017 and currently manages over $90¬¬¬ million in over 290 unique charitable funds which support non-profit organizations and student scholarships.
Formed in 1989, East Texas Communities Foundation has awarded $72 million in grants and scholarships since its inception. Philanthropy builds community and changes lives. East Texas Communities Foundation supports philanthropy by offering simple ways for donors to achieve their charitable goals.
For more information about East Texas Communities Foundation, visit www.etcf.org.