DESOTO, TX — In just the eighth year of participating in the fifteen-year-old program, DeSoto High School students are proving their worth to the Texas Christian University’s Community Scholars program.
On April 6, four (4) more DeSoto students were named to the Community Scholars program at TCU – earning them each a $260,000 scholarship for a total of over $1 million! Forty-two DeSoto students have earned this scholarship over the past six years.
1. McKenzie Washington – Class of 2017 Valedictorian, engineering major
2. Joyce Akinnibosun – Class of 2017 Salutatorian, pre-med / future dentist
3. Caleb Ervin – three-sport athlete, political science major
4. Lauren Jackson – DHS drum major, nutrition major
The students were sequestered in the senior suite the morning of April 6. As they entered the DHS courtroom full of parents, campus staff, peers, and counselors along with TCU representatives on hand to present the awards, students’ eyes filled with tears at the realization that the perseverance and hard work had paid off!
TCU Admissions Counselor Victoria Herrera and Director of Intercultural Services Timeka Gordon applauded the dedication of the students and parents and praised the campus and district for preparing students for the rigor of college and the quality of applicants over the years. Over 90% of Community Scholars program participants finish in four years, with the remaining earning their degree in the next year.
College and Career Coordinator Robin Ford praised the TCU program for helping students have success at college. “The program isn’t just a scholarship, but also a support group,” said Ford. “They stay in contact with the students, have social gatherings, provide academic support and do community service projects together. We feel this is one of the best college completion-driven programs for our students and are honored to be part of it.”
The program started fifteen years ago in four FWISD high schools and has since expanded to DeSoto, Dallas Carter, Dallas Lincoln, and Arlington Sam Houston high schools plus three additional FWISD high schools. The program has grown over the past thirteen years and so has DeSoto’s involvement with now 54 students attending TCU through the Community Scholars program, plus several Dean’s Scholarship recipient’s and student-athletes.
TCU’s Gordon praised DeSoto High School and the district for their involvement and college ready prepared students. “DeSoto does a phenomenal job preparing students, and they are very successful in this program.”
Congratulations to this year’s TCU Community Scholars!