ET Foundation awards scholarships


East Texas Communities Foundation awarded $189,500 in scholarships to high school and college students from East Texas for the 2018-19 school years. New scholarship recipients were honored at a reception at Marvin United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 10. Scholarship amounts ranged from $300-$5,000 per student originating from 52 different scholarship funds at East Texas Communities Foundation.

“East Texas Communities Foundation is honored to help these deserving students continue their education and grateful for the opportunity to fulfill the charitable goals of the many individuals, organizations, and families who have made it possible,” said Kyle Penney, President of East Texas Communities Foundation. “Each year we are impressed with the quality of students applying for these funds. The donors who have invested in these students through the creation of scholarship funds have given a lasting gift to all East Texans.”

This year’s scholarship recipients included:

Troup High School

Justin Nelson – Allen and Nancy Locklin Scholarship

Whitehouse High School

Shayna Ballin– Gladys and Thomas “T.B.” Stewart Scholarship, Whitehouse Young Farmers Scholarship

Brandon Bullard– Alex Fleming Infinity Scholarship

Reed Burdette– Smith County Baptist Ministers Scholarship

Jocelyn Downs– Citizen’s 1st Bank / Perkins Family Foundation State Employees’ Children’s Scholarship

Courtney Eeds– A.D. and Mary Winston Scholarship

Natalie Henderson– ETMC Junior Volunteer Scholarship

Samuel Reeves– Citizen’s 1st Bank / Perkins Family Foundation State Employees’ Children’s Scholarship

Blake West– Retail Merchants Association of Tyler Scholarship

East Texas Communities Foundation is a nonprofit corporation serving 32 counties in East Texas. The Foundation distributed $7.3 million in grants in 2017 and currently manages over $90 million in over 290 unique charitable funds which support non-profit organizations and student scholarships. The Foundation, which was formed in 1989, has awarded $72 million in grants and scholarships since its inception. Philanthropy builds community and changes lives. East Texas Communities Foundation supports philanthropy by offering simple ways for donors to achieve their charitable goals.


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