I wanted to provide my annual update on the 2017 recipients of the Fischer, Benjamin and Hayes Dowdy Scholarship and the Elizabeth Herro Dowdy Memorial Scholarship.
Fischer, Benjamin and Hayes Dowdy Scholarship
On May 16, 2017, I had the honor and privilege of presenting the Fischer, Benjamin and Hayes Dowdy Scholarship for the 4th year. As I shared with the group that gathered on awards night, how very much my daughter loved the Salado community and how the boys looked forward to being Salado Eagles. This spring, Fischer would be finishing 2nd grade and Ben would be completing 1st grade. I love this event, Salado does an amazing job for a 2A, small community. This years Seniors have received to date $857,568.00 in scholarships! I also have the opportunity to award a $1,000 scholarship to a Salado HS Senior that in a some small way carries their memory and legacy forward through the lives of deserving students. Previous recipients are Chase Manning (Lamar University), Shelby Tepera (Texas A&M), and Hayden Ebeling (Texas A&M). This years recipient will also attend Texas A&M in the fall. She is an honor student (look at those cords!) and very involved in FFA. Please let me introduce you to this years recipient of the 2017 Fischer, Benjamin and Hayes Dowdy Memorial Scholarship Ms. Kylar Combs!
There were also several memorial scholarships given this year. Some by families who had recently lost loved ones and as the principal said, the presentations for these scholarships are always very emotional. I am honored to stand with parents who have chosen to honor their children through these lasting legacies as we pay it forward.
Elizabeth Herro Dowdy Memorial Scholarship
Elizabeth’s scholarship is endowed with the Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) in Waco Texas. MCH was my daughter’s chosen charity that she honored John and I through Christmas gifts prior to her death. So, it seemed appropriate that we would honor her at MCH by endowing a scholarship. So, I am thrilled when the MCH board informed me that they are re-awarding Elizabeth’s scholarship to the 2016 recipient, Maegan Wells! Mae was the Salutatorian of the MCH graduating class of 2016. I was excited to hear from the MCH board that she is progressing well. John and I are so blessed to have a “fingerprint” of my daughter on her journey. Here is Mae from her MCH graduation as she delivered her Salutatorian address.
My thanks and gratitude to everyone that has supported these scholarships by purchasing wreaths through Twentycoats Wreath Creations. My wreath sales are the way these scholarships are funded. You are grafted to the tree and are part of this journey. I am honored to have you be a part of this mission as together we make an impact to others while also honoring my blue eyed daughter and three grandsons.