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Scholarships Named After Community Leaders

Scholarships Named After Community Leaders

February 6, 2004 - The CCCCD Foundation, Inc., is honoring four longtime community leaders and supporters of the college with scholarships to be presented in their names. The scholarships in turn will be given to deserving students this fall.

Myrtle Hightower, a retired counselor from PISD, T.J. Johnson, an attorney in Dallas, Fred Moses, president of Telecom Electric in Plano, and Earl Simpkins, chief operating officer with Telecom Electric, were honored with "Community Appreciation Scholarships" which will be given in each of their names to a student of their choice. All the honorees are residents of Plano.

The scholarships were announced at CCCCD's Martin Luther King (MLK) day celebration on Jan. 20. Each honoree was chosen for his or her outstanding contribution and service to the community and to the college.

Each has high hopes for the scholarship being named after them: "This scholarship will hopefully help some student who felt that he or she could not attend college," said Myrtle Hightower. "I hope this scholarship will bring about an understanding of the systems of the world. Education brings about this understanding. Getting this scholarship will also help some student fulfill some obligation to the community in which he or she lives."

"As someone with a long and valuable history with a community college, I am honored to be a recipient of the community engaged effort of Collin County Community College," said Fred Moses. "I hope the scholarship recipient will exemplify the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King's philosophy while engaging them to give something back by being involved in improving someone else's life and the community."

"It is just awesome to be recognized and honored with a special scholarship in my name for involvement and service to the Plano community, and it was especially inspiring to me to be recognized in the category with such significant community leaders, whom I am blessed to have as good friends and colleagues," said T.J. Johnson. "I appreciate, most of all, that this scholarship will provide a student the opportunity, which might not otherwise exist, to pursue and complete an educational dream, and, in doing so, this student will be inspired to reach and touch other dreams and dreamers in some inspiring and significant way."

"Scholarships are very important," agreed Earl Simpkins. "I went to college on a partial scholarship, and scholarships truly enabled my wife and I to have three children finish college with both undergraduate and graduate degrees. I hope this CCCCD scholarship provides an opportunity for a student to attend college who could not ordinarily do so. I believe this scholarship will make a difference in the life a young person and enable them to study and grow to become successful in their vocation and in their community."

Funds raised by the Foundation go to deserving students who want to attend CCCCD. Help students succeed with a gift to the CCCCD Foundation, Inc. Contact them at 972-881-5611.