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Collin Announces 2005-06 Class of Smart Scholarship Recipients

Sept. 23, 2005 -- Collin County Community College District (Collin) is proud to announce the 2005-06 class of SMART scholarship recipients. These scholarship recipients are participants in the Science, Math, Advanced Research, Technology (SMART) educational initiative, an endowment funded by Texas Instruments to provide scholarships for students interested in pursuing 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.

The 2005-06 class SMART scholarship recipients include: Kevin Dang (Plano), Harsh Ghiya (Plano), Nafisa Haque (Allen), Katharine Knudtson (Plano), Hieu Nguyen (Frisco), Alexey Sidorenkov (Plano), Cara Beth Sylvester (Plano), Brittany Wells (Allen), Christopher Wilson (Murphy).

The first tier of the scholarship program is designed for Plano Independent School District juniors and seniors who concurrently enroll in math, science, pre-engineering or engineering courses at Collin. 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 Wayne Jones, associate dean for Engineering and Emerging Technologies, the SMART initiative represents a tremendous opportunity for pre-engineering students to complete their first two years of an engineering degree at Collin on the path to matriculating to The University of Texas at Dallas to complete their baccalaureate degree in disciplines such as electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science and telecommunications engineering.

“Our quality pre-engineering program at Collin provides students with the foundation necessary to succeed at first-tier institutions like UTD. The SMART scholarship has attracted a National Merit Commended Scholar from PISD, and the average GPA for the Collin SMART scholars is over 3.5.”

Any junior/senior PISD high school student or freshman/sophomore Collin student with an interest in science, math, computer science or engineering is encouraged to enroll in Collin’s SMART scholarship program.

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.