Foundation for Leadership to award character
For the Frenship Foundation for Leadership, it’s that time of year to award character.
The foundation returns its Character Scholarship available for Frenship High School seniors — which recognizes students whodemonstrate consistent effort, promote leadership and show high character while stimulating a desire to serve others and further theireducation.
“It’s awarded to kids who have been good citizens while they were at Frenship,” said Cindy Stephens, Frenship Foundation forLeadership executive director. “Grades are important but they are not the only things that are considered. (Others include:) Theirleadership roles, their service, their involvement in activities at school and outside of school. Those are all taken into consideration.”
In an earlier interview, Stephens said the idea that drives the event originated from the fact that Frenship had a hard time funding itsstudents’ college educations due to the district’s size, and the foundation wanted to help the students have every opportunity available.The character scholarships were formed upon the belief that having character is a vital component in defining success, and to give is amajor element in showing character.
To apply for the scholarship, students must fill out an application by March 3, get a teacher to fill out a character scholarshiprecommendation form, turn in a letter of recommendation and fill out a leadership statement. For a full list of requirements and formsvisit the FISD website.
This will mark the 14th year the organization has presented the scholarships to students, awarding approximately $460,000 over theyears.
In May of 2016, the foundation hosted its annual scholarship luncheon and presented 47 students with $60,000 total in awards. Eachstudent received $1,250 during the luncheon.
The foundation hosts a “Drive for Leaders” golf event every year to help fund the event. The fundraiser will be in May this year,according to Stephens.
“Years ago when our scholarship committee started this golf tournament, they called it the Drive for Leaders and that is exactly what itis, because these are outstanding students that will run homes and businesses in the future,” Stephens said. “They are our futureleaders and we are very proud of them.”
Last year, the foundation introduced a new scholarship that was awarded in honor of Frenship alumni Leslea Vardy Underwood andAndi Youngblood Powers — the Fallen Tiger scholarship.
According to an earlier report, Underwood and Powers reached out to alumni to form a committee to help start the scholarship but diedbefore seeing the award come to fruition. The foundation didn’t let their dream of creating a scholarship where alumni could donate tohelp future graduates fade away.
The Fallen Tiger scholarship was introduced at last year’s luncheon and was awarded to Leah Giles at the Casey Administration Building,where the two Frenship students once went to elementary school before its transition to its current facility.
Stephens pointed out the drive of the past and future recipients chosen by the Frenship Foundation for Leadership.
“These kids believe in themselves and they’re confident,” she said, “and they’re ready to go change the world.”
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