Prosper Education Foundation (PEF), the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves the students and teachers of Prosper ISD, awarded $271,000 in college scholarships to Prosper ISD graduating Seniors in the Class of 2020. “Prosper Education Foundation believes scholarships provide needed opportunities, funds and encouragement students need to pursue excellence beyond our classrooms and onward to a strong future,” said Elizabeth Johnston, Executive Director of PEF. “Scholarships are a priority for PEF, and we are thrilled to see more and more community support join us in providing them each year.”
PEF awarded 323 scholarships to the Class of 2020, which represents 40% of the class. Scholarship awards ranged in size from $2,000 to $500. Those scholarships include
- (161) Next Step Scholarships to students attending any college, university or trade school next academic year
- (73) Prosper Community Scholarships, in partnership with Prosper Rotary, awarding a full year of tuition to students attending Collin College
- (30) Legacy Scholarships awarded to students with a parent employed by PISD
- (21) Scholarships coming directly from community gifts such as memorial scholarships or corporations funding for future workers in their industry.
- (18) Next Step Honors Scholarships to students with strong leadership, academic or community involvement strengths
- (9) Top Ten Scholarships given to students graduating within the Top 10
- (11) Bridge Scholarships awarded to students bridging the gap between financial burden and college plans
Jonah Leonard, PHS graduate of the Class of 2020 and the recipient of the Chandler Fetterolf Memorial Music Scholarship said, “I’m incredibly grateful to the Prosper Education Foundation and the Blythe family for providing this scholarship. It’s an honor to be awarded this scholarship in Chandler’s memory, and I’m excited about furthering my education at the University of North Texas. I can’t wait to see where my college education will take me, and I greatly appreciate PEF’s and the Blythe family’s investment in my future.”
In addition to the annual PEF scholarships, PEF manages 21 community pass through scholarships including 3 memorial scholarships, such as the Chandler Fetterolf Memorial Music Scholarship. These provide unique ways for a family to honor a loved one in a meaningful way. This year, we awarded the recipient of this Scholarship through a Zoom meeting, so the family and recipient could connect and share in the promising future of this young man. Kim Blythe, mother of Chandler Fetterolf, said, “Awarding this scholarship means so much to us. It’s a chance for us to invest in the future of a young person that reminds us of Chandler’s passion for music, love for PHS and dreams for tomorrow.” Awards for all 323 scholarships were mailed out in early May after award ceremonies were cancelled due to current social distancing guidelines.
PEF scholarship resources come from generous community members and organizations. This year, PEF added 15 new scholarships from community support. Funds from Texas Health Prosper, Independent Financial, Encore Wire, Windsong Ranch, Legacy Gardens, CoServ, Danny Wilson Allstate Insurance, FUSE Workspace, and Prosper Rotary joined with the hundreds of individual donors to PEF to create these opportunities. “Risland is pleased to be able to help these Prosper students further their education and reach their goals,” says Mr. Wang, President of Risland Homes. “Supporting the community in this way is at the heart of what we envision for our Legacy Gardens development. Education and community have been very important to the founders of our company. Risland is proud to continue that legacy in Prosper, Texas.”
PEF awards scholarships to students attending traditional colleges and universities, trade schools and community college. It has been the legacy of PEF and Prosper Rotary to provide tuition for a full year for any Prosper ISD student wishing to go to Collin College. “Prosper Rotary wants to ensure that any Prosper ISD student wishing to go to college has that chance,” said Joey Womble, member of Prosper Rotary. “We believe education is the key to financial success and are thrilled to offer scholarship funds to those students who might decide not to continue their education due to the cost.”
To find out more about the Prosper Education Foundation or to be a part of providing scholarship opportunities, visit prospereducationfoundation.org or reach out to the PEF office at 469-208-7075.
The Prosper Education Foundation, established in 1996, was created for the sole purpose of supporting students and teachers of Prosper Independent School District. Our goal, together with the Prosper community, is to provide college scholarship opportunities to PISD seniors and to provide educational resources and funds that enhance the quality of education for our students and our teachers.
Prosper Education Foundation seeks to profoundly impact the success of each PISD student. We do that by supporting and encouraging the educational excellence, innovation and achievement in Prosper ISD. By raising funds and putting them to work within Prosper ISD, we build futures for students through college scholarships, appreciate and equip hardworking teachers through grants, recognition and awards, and fund district-wide academic programs and professional development initiatives the district needs. Donations from businesses, individuals and community organizations make up the resources PEF invests into Prosper ISD.