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Scholarship Named After Trustee

Scholarship Named After Trustee

APRIL 16, 2002-Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) Board of Trustees member Jim Biggerstaff was recently honored by the Plano Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) with a scholarship named in his honor. The AAUW made the announcement during their annual scholarship ceremony.

Biggerstaff has been a longtime supporter of the AAUW's annual scholarship fundraiser the Holiday Tour of Homes. Through his company, Biggerstaff Flowers, Inc., he has contributed floral and holiday designs to decorate homes every year for more than 20 years, ever since the tour began.

"I am very honored to have had this scholarship named after me," said Biggerstaff, "especially since one of the things that the AAUW promotes is community involvement. That is something that is very important to us here at CCCCD. The opportunities offered by our college are very unique. These scholarship winners are exemplary students."

The award winners for this year's Jim Biggerstaff Scholarship were CCCCD students Chantelle Brown, who is studying health care administration, and Denise Heath, who is pursuing a degree in liberal arts.

Chantelle Brown is a 2001 graduate of Plano East Senior High. With her degree in health-care administration from CCCCD, she plans to transfer to the University of Texas at Arlington next spring and would like to become an administrator in a children's hospital. Plano resident Denise Heath, who works four jobs in addition to going to college, wants to go on to the University of North Texas to finish her bachelor's degree in education and ultimately wants to become a kindergarten teacher. As well as being a CCCCD student, she is also the mother of a 13-year-old son.

There are no restrictions on the use of award money; student scholarship winners may use their awards for tuition reimbursement, books, materials or transportation to and from school. Chantelle Brown is going to use her money to pay for books next semester.

"I feel very honored that I was chosen to receive this award," said Brown, "especially since it was given to me a by an organization of university women. It makes me feel like I can achieve anything that I want to achieve."

Two other CCCCD students also won awards that evening. Rachel Nelson, a resident of Allen, won the scholarship for a mature woman; Jessica Hale, a cross-country track runner at Frisco High School, won the Charlotte Basel Hensley scholarship.

"Collin County is a great school, a great place to start an education. Here, students will not be known as numbers, but as persons, as individuals."