The Prosper Education Foundation, the nonprofit organization that invests in the students, staff and schools of the Prosper Independent School District, recently awarded $156,250 in college scholarships to Prosper High School seniors graduating in the Class of 2019.
Scholarship funds were awarded to the senior students last month during the Senior Awards Night at PHS.
“One of the fundamental goals of PEF is to offer PISD Seniors needed scholarship funds to further their education,” PEF Executive Director Elizabeth Johnston said. “We are thrilled to be able to invest in the future of these Prosper ISD graduates, encouraging them to excellence beyond our classrooms and onward to a strong future.”
PEF received 120 submitted applications during its application cycle and was able to award scholarship funds to each applicant. In total, 136 scholarships were awarded to those students including 70 Next Step Scholarships given to students attending any college, university or trade school next academic year; 17 Legacy Scholarships awarded to students with a parent employed by PISD; 16 Prosper Community Scholarships, in partnership with Prosper Rotary, awarded to students who will be attending Collin College; 10 Top Ten Scholarships given to the Top 10 graduating seniors; 10 Bridge Scholarships awarded to students bridging the gap between financial burden and college plans; four Dual Language scholarships to students who have been in the PISD Dual Language Program and continued their studies during high school; and three Scholarships of Distinction for outstanding overall scoring applications
“I’m very thankful to the Prosper Education Foundation for providing this scholarship,” Caedon Herring, PHS graduate of the Class of 2019 and a recipient of the Prosper Community Scholarship said. “I can’t wait to see where my college education will take me, and I greatly appreciate PEF’s investment in my future.”
In addition, generous community members and organizations offered additional funds to students including awards given by CoServ, Danny Wilson Allstate Insurance, Mathnasium of Prosper and Lee Lodge Masons. The Robbie Reynolds Memorial Scholarship, Chandler Fetterolf Memorial Music Scholarship, Officer Patrick Turner Memorial Scholarship and Cynthia Cockrell Memorial Scholarship were all signature moments during the event where touching memories were shared as well as investments made into the future for students who share the qualities and plans dear to those community members.
“Robbie loved Prosper, serving in leadership roles and school board positions for most of his life,” Sharon Reynolds, Robbie Reynolds’ wife of 42 years, said. “He loved young people, farming and working for the best PISD could provide. He’d be proud to award this young man scholarship funds for his future at Texas A&M.”
The Prosper Rotary is an instrumental partner in providing the Prosper Community Scholarship. Each year the Prosper Rotary and Prosper Education Foundation together fund a full year of tuition to Collin College with their $1,250 scholarship. PEF scholarship funds come from community and corporate donors, while Prosper Rotary funds come from their Flag Program.
“Education for our young people of PISD is of significant importance to Prosper Rotary,” member Joey Womble said. “We believe education is the key to financial success and we are thrilled to offer scholarship funds to those students who might decide not to continue their education due to the cost. Providing these funds ensures that everyone who wants to go to college from PHS has that chance.”
To find out more about the Prosper Education Foundation or to be a part of providing scholarship opportunities, visit prospereducationfoundation.org or reach out to the PEF office at 469-208-7075.