Fifteen Dallas-area high school seniors received a total of $35,000 in academic scholarships from the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation and it's supporters at its 35th Annual College Scholarship Dinner. These scholarships are renewable over four years for a total of $140,000.  Outside the dinner, the YMCA awarded an additional $109,000 to 60 continuing college students who re-qualified for prior scholarships based on academic achievement.

Funds for the scholarships were given to the Dallas Y’s Foundation to provide post secondary scholarships for local youth subject to certain items and conditions. These scholarships are distributed to students who demonstrate the desire to attend and complete college. 

"Since 1981, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas has awarded nearly $4 million for educational scholarships to young adults from the Dallas and North Texas area and we are proud to again continue this tradition for the 36th consecutive year," said Gordon Echtenkamp, CEO/President of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. Students receiving scholarships must provide enrollment information, grades, and community service hours in order to renew the scholarship. “We are going to provide scholarships to 15 kids because it’s not just about youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The work that we do really emanates from the mission of the Y: To put Christian values into practice through programs that build health spirit, mind, and body for all.”


Students awarded scholarships are as follows:

Adrian Hernandez Hillcrest High School
Alexa Palmer Lake Highlands High School
Dylan Green Waxahachie High School
Eighmy Dobbins Argyle High School
Ellis Bittner Ursuline Academy
Eunise Chen Liberty High School
Jason Jordan Hillcrest High School
Kevin Mondy Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
Mackenzie Wing McKinney Boyd High School
Maia McLeroy School of Health
Mariana Bulgarelli Coppell High School
Matthew Horvath Jesuit College Prep
Maxwell Lipari Flower Mound High School
Micah LaPointe Wylie East High School
Micah Pegues Parish Episcopal School