The McKinney Education Foundation (MEF) has awarded over $325,000 in scholarships to McKinney ISD graduating seniors.

The scholarships were awarded during this year's annual scholarship awards night.

MEF Operations Director Margaret Harsch said in a news release that "1,422 students will graduate from MISD this year; 419 students completed MEF scholarship applications. Thanks to our Scholarship Committee, which works diligently each spring to thoroughly review the applications, 256 received scholarships Friday night.”

According to Executive Director Melanie Perkins: "Our goal is to someday be able to give every graduating MISD senior a scholarship, but until then, students can utilize our MEF Advisors to assist them in their search for additional college funding.

"Through the Dream Builders program, which helps MEF fund higher education specialists on each MISD high school campus, MEF Advisors have helped students secure an additional $54 million in individual scholarships and grants," Perkins said. "Today, 50 percent of McKinney Independent School District high school graduates receive some assistance with college funding due to the efforts of MEF. Our goal is to increase that percentage to 70 percent in the next two years, and engage the entire community in striving to make McKinney the No. 1 city in Texas for funding higher education.”

Since its inception 20 years ago, the McKinney Education Foundation has provided scholarships to more than 3,000 students, for a total of $4,532,655.

At last month’s 20th anniversary gala, the community came together for an once-in-a-lifetime experience to honor MEF and McKinney’s ongoing commitment to education. 

With the announcement of the McKinney/Collin College Initiative, a cooperative program of MEF, McKinney ISD, the City of McKinney and Collin College, MEF will fund $5,000 scholarships, which cover two years of tuition, books and fees to Collin College for students living in McKinney.

MEF will continue to provide a spotlight on higher education while enriching the lives of McKinney students, educators, community leaders and the business community by providing a resource for MISD students to achieve a college education.

A non-profit organization, the primary goal of the McKinney Education Foundation (MEF) is to provide funding for higher education for the students of McKinney. For more information on MEF and the programs available, or to contribute to the mission, “we envision a future where a passion for learning unleashes the full potential of our community,” please visit www.mmeeff.com.

The 2012 MEF Scholarship Award Recipients:

  • MHS, Alexis Acosta, Stephanie Smith Memorial
  • Boyd, Jaison Acosta, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • MHS, Rahat Ahmed, ALPS
  • MNHS, Lauren Allen, McKinney Education Foundation Achievement Award
  • MNHS, Lauren Allen, Spencer Taylor Memorial
  • Boyd, Melanie Almanza, Durham Transportation
  • Boyd, Olicia Alvarez, E.F. Lewis Family Limited Partnership Endowment
  • Boyd, Hussain Arab, Boyd PTO
  • MNHS, TreVaughn Bailey, MNHS Gridiron Club Endowment in memory of Austin York
  • MHS, Christine Baker, MHS Cheer
  • MHS, Christine Baker, MISD Staff Fund
  • Boyd, Jonathan Barnes, Nissan of McKinney
  • Boyd, Rasheena Bartley, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • MHS, Hayden Bates, MISD Staff Fund
  • MNHS, Heath Beasley, MNHS Baseball
  • MNHS, Heath Beasley, MNHS Gridiron Club Endowment in memory of Matthew Self
  • MNHS, Katie Bishop, Slaughter Elementary
  • MNHS, Amanda Bitar, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • MHS, Brianna Blackburn, Adriatica Women's Health
  • Boyd, Rachel Boulais, Jack and Eddie Faubion Memorial
  • MNHS, Amy Boylan, MISD Staff Fund
  • MNHS, Amy Boylan, Spencer Taylor Memorial
  • MNHS, Andrew Brantley, MNHS PTSO
  • Boyd, Mason  Brower, MEF Memorial
  • MNHS, Maia Brown, Health Occupations Students of America
  • MNHS, Maia Brown, MISD Staff Fund
  • Boyd, Zoe Brown, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • MNHS, Valkerie Burkhart, MISD Staff Fund
  • Boyd, Austin Butler, MISD Staff Fund
  • Boyd, Audrey Butts, MISD Staff Fund
  • Serenity, Mika Campbell, Jennifer Dill Rienhard Memorial
  • MNHS, Genesis Canton, Nissan of McKinney
  • MHS, Allison Carlton, MHS Volleyball
  • Boyd, Kevin Champiny, Nissan of McKinney
  • Boyd, Caitlin Champiny, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • Boyd, Lauren Chase, McKinney Rotary Club - Al Ruschhaupt Memorial
  • Boyd, Anissa Chilmeran, Boyd High School Student Council
  • Boyd, Anissa Chilmeran, Nissan of McKinney
  • MNHS, Olivia Cislo, Nissan of McKinney
  • MHS, Thomas Clark, Medical Center of McKinney Endowment
  • Boyd, Jordan Clarke, Ruth Dowell Middle School ABC Scholarship
  • MNHS, Jacob Clemente, Kiwanis Club of McKinney
  • MHS, Julie Clements, MISD Staff Fund
  • MHS, Stephen Coiro, MISD Staff Fund
  • MNHS, Aalaya Cooper, Don Day District One Scholarship
  • Boyd, Jenna Corbin, Bobby Younger Endowed
  • Boyd, Daniel Cortines, Boyd PTO
  • Boyd, Michael Darling, MBHS Varsity Basketball Achievement Awards
  • Boyd, Drew Darling, MEF Memorial
  • MHS, Hayley Deike, Rebecca Oaxaca Endowment
  • MHS, Lori Delgado, Nissan of McKinney
  • MHS, Sally Diaz, Raytheon Hispanic Employees
  • Boyd, Dylan Dickman, Boyd Football Booster Club
  • MNHS, Dallas Drane, MISD Staff Fund
  • Boyd, Kara Dugall, Pete & Nancy Huff Endowment
  • MNHS, Sean Dunn, MNHS Baseball
  • MHS, Imani Dunn, Pogue Inc. Endowment
  • MNHS, Sean Dunn, Sunrise Rotary Club of McKinney
  • MHS, Thomas Dunsmore, B.B. Cope Scholarship of the McKinney Lions Club
  • MHS, Austin Dunson, United Methodist Women - Botsy McClanahan
  • MHS, Rachelle Dytko, MHS Cheer
  • Boyd, Ariana Easter, Nissan of McKinney
  • MHS, Madeline Edwards, Emerson Process Management
  • MHS, Erin Edwards, MHS Cheer
  • Boyd, Amanda Elertson, Nissan of McKinney
  • Boyd, Janice Engleke, Legacy Bank Endowment
  • MNHS, Maegan Escamilla, Health Occupations Students of America
  • MNHS, Madeline Evans, MISD Staff Fund
  • MNHS, Braeden Fair, MISD Staff Fund
  • MNHS, Braeden Fair, MNHS Baseball
  • MHS, Paige  Falco, Ruth Dowell Middle School ABC Scholarship
  • MHS, Brooke Fangio, MHS Cheer
  • MHS, Matthew Farmer, Primo  Endowment
  • Boyd, Hannah Fifer, Sexton Family Academic Endowment
  • MNHS, Jose Flores, E.F. Lewis Family Limited Partnership Endowment
  • MNHS, Monica Fontenot, Evans ABC
  • Boyd, Jordan Fowler, Boyd PTO
  • MNHS, Monica Galicia, Shannon Barnett Memorial
  • Boyd, Ellie Garcia, Caldwell Elementary Scholarship
  • MHS, Debby Garcia, Ben & Elisabeth Garrison Endowment
  • MHS, Valeria Garcia, Grace Rivera Memorial
  • MHS, Jaqueline Garcia, Rebecca Oaxaca Endowment
  • MHS, Garrett Garner, Class of 1971
  • MNHS, Abigail Gibney, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • MNHS, Mary Gimber, MISD Staff Fund
  • Boyd, Hank Gladney, Boyd Football Booster Club
  • Serenity, Jacques Gleizer, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • MHS, Jessica Glockner, MHS PTO
  • Boyd, Jamison Godfrey, MISD Staff Fund
  • MHS, Nicole Gostic, MHS Athletic Booster Club 
  • MNHS, Olivia Gray, Nissan of McKinney
  • Boyd, Joseph Haines, Michael Phillips Memorial
  • Boyd, Kendra Harrison, Boyd High School Student Council
  • Boyd, Melinda Hatcher, MISD Staff Fund
  • MHS, Spencer Hendricks, Leslie Geer Memorial
  • Boyd, Amanda Hickman, Betty Ruth Dungan Frazier Memorial
  • MHS, Justin Hicks, McKinney Education Foundation Achievement Award
  • Boyd, Carly Hirvela, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • MHS, Jordan Hopps, Nissan of McKinney
  • MHS, Derrick Horvath, MISD Staff Fund
  • Boyd, Taylor Hunt, Durham Transportation
  • MNHS, Hunter Inge, McKinney Cooperative Gin Endowment
  • MNHS, Chandler Jackson, Ruth Dowell Memorial
  • MNHS, Reese Jackson, Emerson Process Management
  • MHS, Andresha Jackson, Goldie Webb Memorial
  • MHS, Sabrina Jamal, MHS Cheer
  • MHS, Sabrina Jamal, Bob & Barbara Tomes/Bob Tomes Ford Endowment
  • MHS, Roshni Janakiraman, Pete & Nancy Huff Endowment
  • MHS, Ashley Johnson, MISD Staff Fund
  • Boyd, Rachel Johnson, MISD Staff Fund
  • MNHS, Casey Jordan, MNHS Baseball
  • MNHS, Amanda Jordan, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • MHS, Ryan Joseph, Esther Peck
  • MHS, Jacob Judd, MHS Athletic Booster Club 
  • MNHS, John Jurovic, MISD Staff Fund
  • MNHS, Manjinder Kaur, Durham Transportation
  • Boyd, Hannah Keith, Sunrise Rotary Club of McKinney
  • MHS, Hailey Kilgo, Deana McGonagill Leadership Scholarship
  • MHS, Lianne Kim, MHS PTO
  • MNHS, Thomas Lam, Mark and Debbie Denissen
  • MNHS, Jessica Laseak, MISD Staff Fund
  • MHS, Jeremy Laurin-Steinbrenner, Ron Poe Football
  • Boyd, Andrew Lenczycki, McKinney Collin College Initiative
  • MNHS, Jessica Lerner, Brooks Family Endowment
  • Boyd, Miguel Ley, Matthew Palmatier Memorial
  • MNHS, Madison Loeb, ALPS
  • MNHS, Maddy Loeb, MNHS Girls Basketball Booster
  • MNHS, Allyson Lorenzini, Daughters of the American Revolution, John Abston Chapter
  • Boyd, Matthew Lueke, Boyd Football Booster Club
  • Boyd, Ana Mancera, Mark and Geralyn Kever/UBS
  • MNHS, Victoria Mangrum, McKinney Collin College Initiative
  • MHS, Tatiana Marquis, MHS Pride, Leadership and Traditions
  • MNHS, Osmar Marroquin, Tate Financial Group
  • Boyd, Jobin Mathew, Dr. Maurice M. Weikel Memorial
  • MNHS, Laquina Matlock, Durham Transportation
  • MNHS, Matthew Mattei, MNHS Tennis Booster
  • MHS, Austin McCown, MHS Athletic Booster Club 
  • MNHS, Elizabeth McDaniel, MISD Staff Fund
  • MHS, Imani McGarrell, MHS Band Endowment 
  • MHS, Madilynn Mead, MHS Volleyball
  • MNHS, Sindhuja Merugu, Horace H. Neilson Jr.
  • MNHS, Grant Michalek, MNHS Baseball
  • MNHS, Parker Middleton, MISD Staff Fund
  • MNHS, Parker Middleton, MNHS Baseball
  • Boyd, Alexis Miles, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • Boyd, Alyssa Miller, MISD Staff Fund
  • Boyd, Alyssa Miller, Sunrise Rotary Club of McKinney
  • MHS, Kayla Modesto, Joplin Family Endowment
  • MHS, Rachel  Morgani, MHS PTO
  • MHS, Mary Morris, Durham Transportation
  • MNHS, Kathleen Mowers, Nissan of McKinney
  • Boyd, Jacqueline Muniz, Boyd First in Family
  • MNHS, Adam Munsell, MNHS Boys Basketball Booster
  • MHS, Nainee Nardin, Medical Center of McKinney Volunteer Auxiliary
  • MHS, Laurel Newton, MHS Athletic Booster Club 
  • Boyd, Lauren Nolan, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • MHS, Megan Noonan, McKinney Collin College Initiative
  • MHS, Alexandra Noorlag, Durham Transportation
  • MNHS, Samantha Nunez, Judy & Carey Cox Family Endowment
  • MHS, Jessica Ocana, Medical Center of McKinney Volunteer Auxiliary
  • Boyd, SoMin Oh, Tom Crowe Endowment
  • Boyd, Christa Olbrey, Anne, Ina Belle and Raymond Krutilek Memorial
  • Boyd, Tobechi Oleru, Boyd Football Booster Club
  • Boyd, Steven O'Neil, Boyd Football Booster Club
  • MNHS, Dea Orana, Medical Center of McKinney Volunteer Auxiliary
  • MNHS, Dea Orana, MNHS Girls Basketball Booster
  • Boyd, Debora Ovalle, Ruth LeVan Endowment
  • MHS, Adria Packard, MHS Cheer
  • MHS, Ryan Park, MHS Band Endowment 
  • MHS, Ryan Park, MISD Staff Fund
  • MHS, Elliot Parkman, Wichmann Family
  • Boyd, Preston Pearce, MISD Staff Fund
  • MNHS, Alex Pelton, MNHS Boys Basketball Booster
  • Boyd, Andrew Petrisin, Evans ABC
  • MHS, Charleigh Pfingst, MHS Cheer
  • Jose Pineda, MISD Building Trades Endowment
  • Boyd, Emma Prendergast, Dr. Lyn Mefford Endowment
  • MHS, Rachel Procter, McKinney Ex-Student Association
  • MHS, Bennilyn Quek, Primo  Endowment
  • MHS, Joel Quinones, Charlie Qualls Memorial
  • Boyd, Kendall Radenbaugh, MISD Staff Fund
  • MHS, Mackenzie Randolph, John Dowell Honorarium
  • Boyd, Meghan Reidy, Independent Bank Endowment
  • Serenity, Zach Renfro, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • MHS, Lauren Renner, MHS Volleyball
  • MHS, Emily Reynolds, Ron Poe Football
  • Boyd, Hayden Rike, B.B. Cope Scholarship of the McKinney Lions Club
  • Boyd, Rhyder Robinson, McKinney Garden Club Scholarship
  • Boyd, Desiree Rodriguez, Mark and Debbie Denissen
  • Boyd, Clarissa Rodriguez, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • Serenity, Jake Rogers, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • Boyd, Ross Rohlmeier, Boyd High School Student Council
  • Boyd, Kelsey Rohlmeier, MISD Staff Fund
  • Boyd, Ross Rohlmeier, Phil & Kathy Parker Family Endowment
  • MHS, Sierra Ross, MHS Volleyball
  • MHS, Micaela Ross, Valley Creek PTA
  • MHS, Margarita Ruiz, E.F. Lewis Family Limited Partnership Endowment
  • Boyd, Taylor Rumbo, MBHS Varsity Basketball Achievement Awards
  • MNHS, Christy Sanders, MNHS Girls Basketball Booster
  • MHS, Jasmine Santos, MHS Cheer
  • Boyd, Megan Schmalz, Sunrise Rotary Club of McKinney
  • MHS, Chuck Schober, Ron Poe Football
  • MNHS, Anna Schraer, MNHS Tennis Booster
  • MHS, Meghan Shea, Ben Whisenant - Bank of Texas Endowment
  • MNHS, Will Shumate, MNHS Baseball
  • Boyd, Joshua Silver, MISD Staff Fund
  • Serenity, Ashton Simmons, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • MHS, Allyn Simpson, MISD Trade & Industrial Endowment
  • MNHS, John Sinclair, MISD Staff Fund
  • Boyd, Jason Sizemore, Gay, McCall, Isaacks, Gordon and Roberts, P.C.
  • MHS, Adam Solis, Medical Center of McKinney Volunteer Auxiliary
  • MNHS, Neil Solze, MNHS Boys Basketball Booster
  • MNHS, Neil Solze, MNHS PTSO
  • MHS, Isreal Soto, Grace Rivera Memorial
  • Boyd, Nicholas Stanko, MBHS Varsity Basketball Achievement Awards
  • MHS, Kassandra Stephans, MHS Volleyball
  • Boyd, Zachary Stevens, Boyd Football Booster Club
  • MNHS, Brian Stocker, MISD Staff Fund
  • MNHS, Brian Stocker, Dr. J. J. Rafie Memorial
  • Boyd, Samantha Stockford, Boyd Softball
  • Boyd, Dillon Stull, John S. and Rachel Heard Endowment
  • Boyd, Austin Stutts, MBHS Varsity Basketball Achievement Awards
  • Boyd, Austin Stutts, Boyd PTO
  • MHS, Tyler Sudduth, Drew Carlisle Memorial
  • MHS, Tyler Sudduth, MISD Staff Fund
  • MHS, Shelby Tauber, Jewell Abernathy
  • Boyd, Travion Taylor, Boyd First in Family
  • Boyd, Samuel Terrill, Boyd Football Booster Club
  • Boyd, Samuel Terrill, McKinney Education Foundation Achievement Award
  • MHS, Lauren Terry, Billy Whitman Memorial
  • MHS, Shannon Thomas, MHS Cheer
  • MHS, Corey Toland, Valley Creek PTA
  • Boyd, Kaitlyn Underwood, McKinney Garden Club Scholarship
  • Boyd, Gabby Vannozzi, MBHS Varsity Basketball Achievement Awards
  • Boyd, Brian Velez, MISD Staff Fund
  • Boyd, Jacob Vinson, Boyd Football Booster Club
  • Boyd, Trevor Walker, Faubion Middle School PTO Endowment honoring Harvey F. Oaxaca
  • MNHS, Hunter Walling, MISD Staff Fund
  • MNHS, Hunter Walling, MNHS Baseball
  • MNHS, Addison Watkins, Durham Transportation
  • Boyd, Mason Werner, Boyd Football Booster Club
  • Boyd, Lance West, ALPS
  • MNHS, Taylor Wheelington, Kiwanis Club of McKinney
  • Boyd, Tori Whitfield, Laud & Virginia Howell Endowment
  • Boyd, Zach Whitlow, MISD Library
  • Boyd, Austin Williams, Lynn Sperry Endowment
  • MHS, Scarlett Wolfe, MISD Staff Fund
  • MHS, Tara Woolheater, MHS PTO
  • MNHS, Nick Wroblewski, Nissan of McKinney
  • MNHS, Peter Wuenschel, MNHS Baseball
  • Boyd, Diana Yougas, Primo  Endowment
  • MHS, Jennifer Zotz, Churner Family Endowment

 

About the author: Michele Goodson Garrison is marketing and communications manager for McKinney Education Foundation.