YMCA OF METROPOLITAN DALLAS FOUNDATION AWARDS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
Twenty Dallas-area high school seniors received a total of $21,500 in academic scholarships from the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation and its supporters at its 36th Annual College Scholarship Dinner. These scholarships are renewable over four years for a total of $86,000. Outside the dinner, the YMCA awarded additional scholarships to continuing college students who re-qualified for prior scholarships based on academic achievement.
Funds for the scholarships are made possible through the F.W. and Bessie A. Dye Foundation. These funds were given to the Dallas Y’s Foundation to provide post-secondary scholarships for local youth subject to certain items and conditions. YMCA Scholarships and Dye Scholarships funded by the Dye Foundation are distributed to students who demonstrate the desire to attend and complete college. Dye scholarships are awarded based on motivation, achievement, and financial need. Also considered are high school grades, college entrance exam scores, and community involvement. Students receiving a Dye scholarship can attend college anywhere in the world.
"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 Casey Klein, VP of Operation at 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 16 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:
|Adrionna Jones||Abilene Christian University||Dye|
|Aimee Shimwa||Texas A&M University||Phipps|
|Akilah Wilson||Texas A&M University-Commerce||Dye|
|Alberto Macias||Texas A&M University||Dye|
|Andres Alameda||University of North Texas||Dye|
|Dylan Redig||University of Oklahoma||Dye|
|Griffith Samore||Hendrix College||Dye|
|India Perry||Howard University||Dye|
|Jazkira Combs||Indiana University||Dye|
|Jessica Smith||Texas Southern University||Dye|
|Julia Portillo||University of North Texas||Chairman's Scholar|
|Madison Pike||San Diego State University||Dye|
|Meghana Dandu||University of Texas @ Dallas||Dye|
|Morgan Cooper||Texas A&M University||Dye|
|Natalie Kuzniar||University of Arkansas||Dye|
|Rachel Kruse||Texas Christian University||Dye|
|Sara Harris||Texas Christian University||Dye|
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation
In 1995 the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation was chartered as a Texas non-profit corporation to manage the investments and distribution of the endowment of the YMCA Foundation. As of April 2011, the market value of the Endowment Fund assets is $19.5 million.
A majority of the scholarships awarded to the students are from the F.W. & Bessie A. Dye Foundation Scholarship fund and the remaining scholarships are funded through community gifts and donated gifts to the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation.