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Collin Seeks Applicants for Smart Scholarships


March 7, 2005--Does someone in your household dream of becoming an engineer? If so, County Community College District (Collin) may have a scholarship to help make that dream a reality.

Texas Instruments (TI) recently gave $1 million to the college to endow the Science, Math, Advanced Research, Technology (SMART) educational initiative. This endowment provides scholarships for students to pursue four-year degrees in engineering and related fields. The objective is to fuel a pipeline of highly skilled professionals in careers in science, math, computer science and engineering.

Because many students think about college during spring, the college encourages local students to apply now for fall SMART scholarships.

The first tier of the scholarship program is designed for selected Plano Independent School District juniors and seniors who concurrently enroll in math, science, pre-engineering or engineering courses at Collin.

Dr. Doug Otto, superintendent of Plano ISD schools, said, “The SMART Scholarship program opens a pathway to careers in engineering, technology and the sciences for Plano ISD students.  I strongly encourage those interested in these career fields to apply for the scholarship.  We are very pleased that PISD students are the exclusive recipients.”

The second tier of SMART provides support for freshmen and sophomore high-tech majors at Collin who are also participating in the college’s dual admission program with The University of Texas at Dallas.

According to Collin President Cary Israel, the endowment is important because a growing number of students do not have resources for college. “TI’s historic gift helps cement the value of Collin’s outstanding instruction in math, science and engineering.  It will allow Collin to open doors and tear down barriers that keep students from pursuing a college education.”

Sam Roach, chair of the college’s Board of Trustees, said, “Through the SMART initiative, the district will make a significant impact on the region’s future scientific and technological workforce. We are honored to be the recipient of TI’s generosity.”

Additional information on the scholarship, which includes questions & answers and an online application, is provided at Plano ISD students can also contact their senior high school counselors for more information. To apply, students should complete the online application and contact Wayne Jones at or 972.377.1715 for more information.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.