McKINNEY — On Friday, May 17, there were tears, cheers, and standing ovations as the McKinney Education Foundation awarded $356,700 in scholarships to MISD graduating seniors at MEF’s Annual Scholarship Awards Night. The sum is a new record for the annual event sponsored by Baylor Medical Center at McKinney.

The underlying theme of the night was, and always has been, “Giving back to your community.” McKinney Mayor, Brian Loughmiller, introduced the Civic Organization Scholarships by encouraging the students in the audience to consider moving back to McKinney after graduating college. “McKinney is going to continue to grow and there will be jobs for you here. I truly encourage you to think about where you grew up, what a great place we have to live here in McKinney, and I hope you will want to come back and give back to the community.”

According to Executive Director, Edie Heinicke, “Tonight’s record-breaking success is due to the generosity of the McKinney community. Dozens of PTO’s, PTA’s, businesses and civic organizations choose to give scholarships through MEF each year.  We are especially grateful to our endowed scholarship donors, Dr. Kennedy, and MISD for their on-going support.”

MEF Operations Director, Margaret Harsch, stated, “Thanks to the hard work of our Scholarship Committee who evaluated 490 scholarship applications, we were able to award 290 scholarships this year. Since its inception twenty-one years ago, MEF has provided scholarships to over 3,000 students for a total of $4,533,655. Through the MEF Advisor Program established nine years ago, MEF Advisors have helped students secure an additional $66 million in individual scholarships and grants. Tonight is a celebration of those accomplishments.”

As a first time sponsor of the event, Scott Peek, president of Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, addressed the audience, “It’s our great pleasure to sponsor and support this wonderful event. We recognize that McKinney, as a community, takes passionately it’s responsibility to serve and support others. We are proud to partner with MISD and MEF and thank them both for the roles they play in the lives of these kids.”

 

MEF would like to congratulate the following 2013 MISD graduates on your scholarships:

Guadalupe Acosta
Carleton Adams
Justin Adler
Kendall Alberti
Chance Alexander
Hayden Ambrose
Lindsey Amick
Janei Ankton
Abraham Aragonez
Avery Arnold
Conner Atnip
Narda Bachman
Toni Badali
Hayden Baechle
Vana Bahram
Kylar Bailey
Mark Bakke
Carolina Barron
Sam Baxter
Misti Beasley
Cassandra Bell
Joseph Bell
Mawardi Berkhadley
Colin Bevan
Carlie Bickerstaff
Kimberly Blaquiere
Brandon Bloedel
Benjamin Bouchez
Michael Brawner
Whitney Breeding
Megan Brehm
Ryan Brinkman
Eric Brinkman
Rachel Broas
Jeremy Brothers
Bryson Brown
Aleisha Bryeans
Joel Burden
Erin Burge
Alden Burke
Mason Cagley
Leslie Cardenas
Joshua Carpenter
Elizabeth Castaneda
Sarah Caton
Ericka Chacon
Garrett Christianson
Meredith Cloutier
Giovanna Coronado
Carol Cowpersmith
Austin Crane
Nicholas Creedon
Tyler Criss
Rebecca Dharamraj
Haley Dickshat
Matson Dickson
Kristi Dillon
Matthew Dodson
Siobahn Dominguez
Rodja Douglas
Eamon Dowd
Austin Dowell
Brock Duffield
Victoria Eason
Amanda Ebersberger
Brian Eddy
Gretchen Eggers
Grayson Eiland
Courteney Engleman
Robert Ewing
Vielka Fajardo
Tiffany Ferrer
Catherine Festa
Pamela Fierro
Tayana Fincher
Emily Flippen
Nicholas Florido
Nathan Fox
Sierra Francis
Emily Freeman
Stephen Frizzell
Megan Fudge
Connor Fuentes
Mia Garcia
Cayman Garrison
Sujata Gautam
Carlos Gaytan
Carley Givens
Margaret Glazier
Katie Gonzales
Carla Graves
Lauren Green
Shannon Green
Jordan Greene
Brashonna Greer
Patrick Griffin
Will Griffith
Chloe Guillory
Shelby Gum
Robert Gupton
Michaela Hagemann
Alisha Hall
Kelly Hands
Jackie Hansen
Christopher Harkey
Dalton Harris
Jaclyn Harrison
Jordan Hart
Kaitlin Heath
Curtis Herges
Anayeli Hernandez
Gloria Hernandez
Anthony Herrera
Richard Herrera
Stephanie Herrera
Sam Hinkelman
Taylor Hobart
Brooke Horn
Adrienne Howard
Mary Louise Howington
Meredith Hudson
Jalen Jackson
Karmen Jackson
Rebekah Jacobsen
Luke Janc
Franki Jecker
Austin Jeter
Grant Johnson
Alyssa Johnston
Madison Jones
Robert Kemsley
Brian Kim
Logann King
Kimberly Kintz
Chase Kirby
Jazmyn Laing
Myrna Lara Jimenez
Jacob Laster
Andrew Laudenslager
Hector Ledezma
Jessica Lee
Mitchell Lessman
Arisbeth Leyva
Hannah Littleton
Kyle Love
Blake Luna
Hayden Lusk
Matthew Macero
Devon Maguire
Lizette Maldonado
Lawson Malnory
Alexis Mason
Ryan Matiscik
Meghan Matlock
Claire McCartney
Jon McCord
Kevin McCormick
Keirsyn McDaniel
Miranda "Mo" McDonald
Kimberly McKnight
Rachel McNeil
Owen Meachum
Alexandria Meek
Mauricio Mejia
Hailey Mercer
Logan Merkle
Kellie Michie
Hayley Middlebrook
La'Asia Millage
Cyan Miller
Andrew Mistry
Montana Moore
Jordan Mordecai
Spaesio Mothershed
Jocelyn Muff
Albert Najera
Dylan Nguyen
Lauren Noorlag
Joan Oakes
Ivan Ochoa
Sojung Oh
Austin Palya
Regiann Payton
Brian Peck
Marissa Pena
Luke Penny
Christopher Perez
Vanessa Phan
Christopher Piechocki
Taylor Pierce
Bryanna Pierce
Steven Prinslow
Stephanie Quintana
Brianne Rankin
Katelyn Ray
Lauren Redden
Eric Restmeyer
Matthew Reynolds
Jacob Rha
Mariah Richardson
Isabella Ricks
Brian Riker
Kyle Riley
Holly Roberts
Anna Robertson
Michael Robinson
Gunner Robison
Andrea Rodriguez
Michael Rodriguez
Breeanna Russ
Zahryna Samatua
Diana Sanchez
Sydney Sanchez
Jonathan Santana
Praveen Satarsingh
Anna Scales
Kayley Seaber
Trey Segui
Gabriel Sepulvado
Rafael Serrano
Raul Serrano
Kayla Shadden
Alexander Shaheen
Jonathan Shuster
Ashley Simo
William Simpson
Lindsay Smith
Travis Smith
Heather Snow
Kristen Snow
Robert Somborn
Austin Spain
William Stanton
Nick Stensrud
Rajat Suresh
Sean Szlachtowski
Zach Tarrant
Arely Tecuatl Perez
Blanca Torres
Jessep Towne
James Triplett
Thomas Turman
Ashleigh Unsted
Paiton Upshaw
Abel Vega
Jessica Velez
Lauren Viljoen
Viona Vraniqi
Ashley Waite
Emily Warren
Jamie Weiss
Cooper Welch
Mackenzie Wells
Matthew West
Harrison Westgarth
Dillon Westrich
Rylan Whan
Jacob Whitehead
William Wiginton
Monique Wilkins
Russell Williams
Austin Willis
Garrett Wilson
Hannah Wisener
Ryan Woods
Kristin Zodrow
Ana Zuniga

Information provided courtesy of McKinney Education Foundation.

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Specialist, at 469-302-4007 or smauldin@mckinneyisd.net.

About The McKinney Education Foundation

The McKinney Education Foundation (MEF) is a non-profit education foundation that serves four core functions: scholarships, college applications, teaching enrichment and alumni relations.  It was founded in 1991 to centralize, simplify and enhance the process of raising money for and awarding scholarships to deserving graduates of the McKinney Independent School District (MISD). MEF employs professional college advisors in each high school who assist students in preparing for higher education admissions and identifying additional individual education funding. MEF also offers Classroom and Professional Development grants for MISD staff. Contribute to the Mission: “To provide the highest quality of education in McKinney, Texas, our mission is to inspire students and teachers towards excellence in education. We envision a future where a passion for learning unleashes the full potential of our community.” MmEeFf.com

For additional information on The McKinney Education Foundation, contact Michele Goodson Garrison, Marketing & Communications Manager, at 469-302-6313 or mgarrison@mckinneyisd.net.