Faith Bell, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Flower Mound High School, was awarded the Jo Haney Special Education Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

IMG_8782“When I think about getting this scholarship I feel very proud,” Bell said. “I think about the day when my mom found out I received it and how happy it made her. It felt good knowing that my hard work throughout high school was being recognized.”

Bell now attends the University of Arkansas. “I am a full time student now at the University Of Arkansas, and I joined the Phi Mu sorority,” she said. “I absolutely love it here. My goal is to become a recreational therapist so I can work with special needs kids and help them with any physical disability they have.”

She certainly appreciates the help she received from LEF. “The money helps. College is expensive and any amount of money is super helpful.”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Bell’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it! LEF will have a similar role in LISD’s 2016 graduates’ future. Scholarship recipients for 2016 were announced in April. They were invited to participate in LEF’s annual Awards Night on May 9, at Lewisville High School’s Stuver Auditorium, where benefactors will be on hand to present awards.

Interested in creating a scholarship to honor or memorialize someone whose legacy is tied to education in LISD? Contact LEF Programs Coordinator Sherah Robinson for more information. We’re here to help!

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Madison Gaber, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Marcus High School, was awarded the Highland Village Women’s Club Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

gaber college“When I think of getting the scholarship,” Gaber said. “I feel so grateful to have had such a compassionate school district that truly cared enough about each individual to offer this scholarship to its students.”

Gaber now attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “As for my plans, I will be graduating with a dual major in Marketing and Management with two minors in Spanish and Communications,” she said. “I am keeping busy with my sorority and with the College of Business Honors Academy as well as the university honors program.  I am planning on studying abroad, and I am so excited just to see what the future holds for me.  This all goes back to the amazing foundation I was raised on and my teachers in the beginning who inspired me.  So thank you to LISD.”

Gaber recognizes the impact of the LEF scholarship on her college experience. “Because of this scholarship, I did not have to work as my parents insisted I focus solely on school as my job.  Therefore, I have been given the opportunity to join a sorority and participate in intramurals and really get involved in campus life.”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Gaber’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it! LEF will have a similar role in LISD’s 2016 graduates’ future.

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Catalina Donnelly-Vasquez, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Marcus High School, was awarded the Woojae Leana Kim Memorial Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

11214131_766328523485521_7748462078297157419_n“It made me feel very privileged and honored,” Catalina said. “Because the award was in honor of a very close friend.”

Catalina now attends Kansas State University. “This first semester was a great experience for me,” she said. “I am part of the Chi Omega sorority at my school. I’m working very hard to finish a great year. My plans related to school haven’t changed. I will be a great Athletic Trainer in the future.”

She found a very practical application for the scholarship. “The money helped me afford my books for the first semester at school,” she told LEF.

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Catalina’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it!

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Lauren Taylor, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Lewisville High School, was awarded the Meredith M. Gregory Memorial Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

lauren taylor resaved for site“I no doubt feel honored to have been chosen to receive an academic gift so valuable in the college world as a check,” Taylor said. “It means education, and to me, education means everything!”

Taylor now attends the University of North Texas. “I thought I knew what I wanted to do in my life,” she said. “But as it turns out, my views are changing. Why a science-oriented brain like mine veered into a career of social work, which involves no science whatsoever, I cannot even fathom. But I am glad to be figuring this out so soon! I hope to change my major to something medically oriented because in my heart I know I am meant for the medical field!”

She recognizes the long-term impact of the LEF scholarship on her college experience. “In all honesty, it helped me to not have to pay as much for tuition, which in turn means less money to pay back in student loans. I’ll take less debt over anything in the world!”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Taylor’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it!

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Sarah Stone, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Marcus High School, was awarded the Marcus Swim and Dive Team Booster Club Kyle Tilley Memorial Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

swim nyu“When I remember getting this scholarship, I feel grateful and proud,” Stone said. “I feel grateful because NYU’s tuition, like many schools, is incredibly expensive so every little bit I can get helps! Also, I feel proud because I come from a town that awards so much money to ambitious students so that they can pursue studying.”

Stone now attends New York University’s Stern School of Business and was recruited to swim for NYU’s varsity swim team “Now, most of my activities revolve around training for swimming,” she said. “But I am also pursuing a few internships in Manhattan over the summer, and of course studying very hard!” All that when she’s not busy being featured on the front cover of Washington Square News, NYU’s newspaper.

She appreciates the financial relief the LEF scholarship provides. “Thanks to this money, NYU is a bit less of a financial commitment for my family, so that I will be able to get through college debt free. This means I don’t have to do a work study program, or get a job in college, so I can concentrate more time on studying and committing (many) hours to training for swimming.”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Stone’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it!

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Paulina Bracker, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Marcus High School, was awarded the Christa McAuliffe Elementary Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

“When I think about how I was hand selected for a scholarship from LEF, I think about all of the times I worked above and beyond to fulfill my responsibilities as a student,” Bracker said. “I feel as though the extra work really paid off and it feels good to have been noticed in such a positive way.”

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Bracker during her senior year at Marcus with her Adopt-An-Athlete class at McAuliffe Elementary.

Bracker now attends Oklahoma State University. “I am currently enrolled in all of my General Education classes because I am a freshman, but I plan on majoring in Strategic Communications,” she said. “I am also a cheerleader for Oklahoma State University, and have enjoyed every moment cheering on the OSU football team!” That’s a big move from last year when she would visit her Adopt-An-Athlete class at McAuliffe Elementary School every Thursday morning during the football season to share with them what it was like cheering for Marcus High School during Friday night lights.

She’s certainly got a lot to cheer about. “Being that I decided to go to a college out of state, the tuition I have to pay is quite a bit more than in-state tuition. Receiving this scholarship helped with the out-of-states costs and I am so grateful for that!”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Bracker’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it!

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rustomji hsManijeh Rustomji, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Lewisville High School, was awarded the Lewisville Noon Rotary and Rick Neill Memorial Scholarships through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

“Whenever I look back and remember the time I was awarded two great scholarships from LEF, I feel overjoyed,” Rustomji said. “It was a great honor receiving these awards.”

Rustomji now attends North Central Texas College. “I plan on transferring to Texas Women’s University next fall,” she said. “I hope to obtain a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies so that I can become a grade school teacher.”

She’s appreciates the hand up for college. “The two scholarships I received from LEF helped me greatly financially. They helped me pay for my classes and made me very appreciative of the donors of the LEF scholarship fund.”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Rustomji’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it! LEF will have a similar role in LISD’s 2016 graduates’ future.

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kendra (455)Kendra Washington, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Lewisville High School, was awarded the LHS Farmerette Drill Team Excellence Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

“I felt so proud of myself,” Washington said. “I didn’t think for a minute I would be able receive something so beneficial. It made me feel that if I can receive something so special, I can have the potential to even greater things.”

Washington now attends Stephen F. Austin State University. “I’m involved in a sorority and a dance organization so far this year,” she said. “And I’m taking anatomy and physiology, English, college help class which is called SFA 101 for freshmen, art history, and computer science.”

She recognizes the longtime value of the scholarship. “The impact of the money for me is that I was able to afford my books without having to use up so much of my loan that I’ll have to repay.”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Washington’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it!

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anderson collegeWhitney Anderson, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Hebron High School, was awarded the Kristen Webb Memorial Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

“Receiving the Kristen Webb Memorial Scholarship was truly an honor,” Anderson said. “Not only was I thrilled to be receiving a scholarship to help me attend Texas Tech University, I was also thrilled to be receiving it in memory of such an amazing young lady. Although I never knew Kristen, from what I’ve learned, she was a complete inspiration to everyone around her, never letting anything bring her down or stand in the way of her aspirations and dreams. Receiving a scholarship is one of the most rewarding feelings, thankfulness and gratitude overwhelm me. Receiving the Kristen Webb Memorial Scholarship inspired me and helped me in so many other ways as well, rather than just financially. I’m in college and working hard to better my life and have an amazing and rewarding future, but I’m also doing this for her and the Webb family.”

Anderson now attends Texas Tech University. “Currently as a second semester Freshmen I am doing really well!” she said. “I’m studying biophysical anthropology but thinking of changing majors to geology with a minor in renewable energy such as hydro, thermal, solar or wind and quite possibly petroleum engineering, to one day be a petroleum geologist. The options are endless! I’m really excited to complete my ‘core’ classes and start diving into more upper division coursework and classes within my major! I am also applying to the Honors College and hoping to try out for the Texas Tech Track team later in the year! I am loving college and so appreciative of all the help LEF and LISD have provided me and so very thankful to have been a student in the Lewisville Independent School District which offers so much help and support to its students!”

Gratitude propels her in college life. “The scholarship really helped me pay for my expenses at Texas Tech. Fortunately, I was able to take my freshmen year off of work and truly focus on school and extracurricular activities such as TAB (Tech Activities Board) as well as a Skydiving Club and a Humanitarian Club. Not only has this scholarship allowed me the privilege to not work, it also has helped pay for all my books, which are so expensive in college!”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who leave a positive mark on LISD.

LEF is proud of Anderson’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it!

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Lauren enjoys a visit from her parents at Texas A&M.

Lauren enjoys a visit from her parents at Texas A&M.

Lauren Sheffield, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Hebron High School, was awarded the Hebron High School PTSA Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

“Getting the scholarship from LEF/LISD makes me feel grateful and successful,” Sheffield said. “I am grateful that I was given the ability to grow up in a school district that provided me with all the resources I needed to get to college. I was able to learn in an environment with teachers and faculty that truly valued who I was and cared about my future. I’m grateful for my parents who have supported me my entire life and have pushed me to excel. I also feel successful because when I look back on the hard work I put into academics in high school I am now witnessing the rewards from years of diligence and perseverance.”

Sheffield now attends Texas A&M University. “I am in the beginning stages of my major, so I’m finishing up the last of my basics,” she said. “I am looking forward to future semesters of strictly communication-related classes. I have gotten involved in the Baptist Student Ministry on campus, the local college ministry at Central Baptist, and the Student Communication Association. One of the biggest plans I am looking to be involved with is studying abroad in Italy for a semester.”

She knows she isn’t flying solo. “For me, the scholarship helps me honor my parents. They are paying for experiences at A&M, so it motivates me to continue to work hard in college, so I honor their continual support and financial expenses.”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Sheffield’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it!

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castillo collegeAraceli Castillo, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Lewisville High School, was awarded the Doug Killough Honorary Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

“In a way I felt special… Special because out of the pool of applicants that applied for this scholarship I was selected,” Castillo said. “I felt like my hard work was seen and the committee understood how hard it was for me to get to where I am today. I was very grateful, so grateful because it took a huge burden off my shoulders. When the fall semester approached I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to pay for college. My parents support me morally and emotionally but they can’t do so financially and it breaks their heart but they can’t do anything about it. And honestly it’s helped me appreciate everything I have. Everything has been falling into place and thanks to the support of LEF and LISD I was able to fight for my dreams and continue my education.”

Castillo now attends Texas State University. “Thanks to the support of LEF I was able to pay off my fall semester,” she said. “The entire summer I was worried I wasn’t going to able to afford this semester and I worried and worried. My mom always told me everything would fall into place but I was reluctant to believe her. Because of the scholarship, I was able to worry less about money and focus on my studies. I have a part-time job as a desk clerk for my dorm hall but I only work about 15 hours a week, which is meant for necessities such as food, or even going to the movies. Because of the scholarship I am able to focus on gaining the college experience and not have to constantly worry about money. This is why I am thankful.

She’s on a promising journey. “The university offered me the Bobcat Promise. Because of this I have to maintain a minimum of 15 hours a semester. At first I was a bit frightened at the amount of classes I would be taking but I’ve learned that I am more than capable to handle the workload. First semester I took 16 hours, which wasn’t bad at all. This semester I have 15 hours. I am a part of the Residential College, which is a Living-Learning Community that enhances students’ experience. With this program I take classes with the people living in my dorm hall, which makes everything so convenient with group projects and homework in general. I am also required to have seven hours per semester, which vary from Feminism 101 or floor dinners. It is a very tight knit community and because of this I was able to make friends right away. As for next year, I plan of studying abroad in the spring and I will continue living on campus due to its proximity to my classes. Overall, I have had a wonderful experience and it’s only my first year. I have no doubt I chose the right university that makes me feel at home even though I am five hours away from home.”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Castillo’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it!

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Reggie evans HHSReggie Evans, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Hebron High School, was awarded the Hebron High School Football Booster Club Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

“I feel honored and grateful to receive this scholarship because I know it’s limited and a lot of great and talented guys are trying and hoping to get it,” Evans said. “The fact that I received it over some of the other athletes that applied for it just completely shocked me and I just feel really blessed and thankful for it.”

Evans now attends Austin College. “I have just wrapped up my first college semester of mostly basic or introductory classes, and currently I am planning out a more challenging, major-based Spring semester,” he told LEF. “I am in football at my school, which takes up much of my free time (But I’m not complaining!). This spring I plan to get a job somewhere on campus to help my loan payments and just to keep me busy. At least until spring football rolls back around.”

He’s working from a playbook that should generate success. “With the money I received from this scholarship, I was able to get all my books for the semester paid for and I was also able to knock off a few hundred dollars off of my overall tuition/loans expenses for the semester as well,” Evans said. “Because of that, I was able to use some of the money I had saved up over the summer for other things such as off campus food, dorm room necessities, and some clothes for the season change.  It really made things a lot easier for me.”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Evans’ success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it!

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Rachel Hampl, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Marcus School, was awarded the Melanie Sanford Gillan Young Athenians Fund Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

Hampl enjoys Aggie traditions at a football game.

Hampl enjoys Aggie traditions at a football game.

“The scholarship was a blessing.  I am very grateful to LEF and LISD,” Hampl said. “Not just for receiving the Melanie Sanford Gillan Scholarship but also for the amazing education I received with LISD.”

Hampl now attends Texas A&M University. “I’m starting my second semester, and I plan to major in Chemical Engineering,” she told LEF. “This degree will give me numerous opportunities in the world of chemistry. I am a member of the Society of Women Engineers which is empowering the advancement of women in engineering and SWELites which is an organization for developing leadership skills in freshman women through service in the community.”

She’s engineered a formula that should translate to success and fulfillment. “The LEF scholarship definitely reduced my college expenses and will bring me closer to my dreams of becoming a life-long learner.” Hampl said. “The scholarship also makes me realize I am not alone in this journey and my community is vested in my success. I hope to reinvest my success and someday bring it back to my community.”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Hampl’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it!

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Hannah Conrad, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s The Colony High School, was awarded the TCHS PTSA Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

slc bear“Getting the scholarship from LEF made me feel like LISD truly cared about helping me obtain the education I wanted,” Conrad said. “It feels great to know that there are people who support me and care about my future.”

Conrad now attends Baylor University. “Right now I’m in mostly basic classes like chemistry and statistics,” she told LEF. “But soon I’ll be in classes like anatomy and physiology, that pertain more to my major, Nursing. I am also involved with Baylor Youth Ministry Teams, my residence hall worship team, and National Student Nursing Association (NSNA).”

It sounds like her college experience has a healthy mix of academics and extra-curriculars. “I was able to use the scholarship money to pay for all of my books for the first semester,” Conrad said. “Because of this, I had extra money to go towards church and school events, and was able to worry less about how I would pay for certain things.”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Conrad’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it!

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Kennedy Kessler, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Marcus High School was awarded the BeLinda Nikkel Heritage Elementary Hawk Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

“I was really excited to receive the scholarship,” Kessler said. “It definitely helped me pay for this semester of school, and I am thankful I was chosen to receive a scholarship.”

Kessler controls the ball during HSU's outstanding season.

Kessler controls the ball during HSU’s outstanding season.

Kessler now attends Hardin Simmons University. “I am a biology major with the goal to apply to Physical Therapy school in a few years” she told LEF. “ I am also on the soccer team. This year we lost in the Sweet 16 (at the NCAA Division III tournament) in penalty kicks, but it was a great experience because I got to travel to Pennsylvania.”

The down side to all that soccer is the upside to earning a scholarship. “Since I decided to play soccer in college I do not have a lot of free time to work,” Kessler said. “The scholarship helped me focus more on preparing for soccer rather than working more in the summer.”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Kessler’s success thus far and is honored to be a small part of it!

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Carlie Spaulding, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Flower Mound High School was awarded the FMHS Rosettes Drill Team Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

“I feel incredibly lucky and blessed when I think about getting the LEF scholarship,” Spaulding said. “It reminds me to put hard work into what I do no matter what, because it pays off.”

Spaulding poses with an Aggie Yell Leader.

Spaulding poses with an Aggie Yell Leader.

Spaulding now attends Texas A&M University. “I am currently an Engineering major at Texas A&M,” she told LEF. “And I plan to concentrate in either Biomedical or Civil Engineering. I hope to be the first female yell leader when I am an upperclassman!

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

LEF is proud of Spaulding engineering her way to success and is honored to be a small part of it!

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Josue Perez Campos, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Lewisville High School was awarded the Tom Cooper and Alan MacMorran Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

“Having the opportunity to receive a LEF scholarship makes me feel relieved to not have to worry that much about all the materials and supplies I have to buy for my projects,” Perez Campos said. “Thanks to the scholarships that I received from LEF I have been able to dedicate more time to my studies. I was able to reduce the Work Study contribution from my financial aid package.”

josue perez campus gradPerez Campos now attends Cornell University. “I am majoring in architecture at Cornell University. I’ve been taking classes only related to my major,” he told LEF. “Architecture is a very intensive major, so I haven’t been able to participate in many extracurricular activities. I’m part of the Cornell University Sustainable Design team, the American Institute of Architecture Students and the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students.”

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

Perez Campos is clearly the architect of achievement! His plans are to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and go to graduate school to earn a Masters in Environmental Design at a top design school.

LEF is proud to have a supporting role in his success.

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Erin Hisey, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Marcus High School, was awarded the Chester Boyd Honorary Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

“When I think about the scholarship I received last year, I remember all of the fun times I had on the horse judging trips throughout high school,” Hisey said.

Hisey now attends the University of California, Davis. “The scholarship I received has helped me pay for textbooks and course fees in my first quarter here at UCD,” Hisey told LEF.

LEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who play a role in student success in LISD.

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Hisey and her new friends at UCD enjoy the first football game of the 2015 season under a perfect California sky.

Hisey’s success is ongoing: With plans to become an equine veterinarian, she is an undergraduate student majoring in animal science. Additionally she participates in the intramural sports program as a member of a volleyball team, serves as the freshmen representative of the Regents Scholars Society and is a member of the pre-vet club on campus.

LEF is glad to have a small role in her success.

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Madeline Proznik, 2015 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Hebron High School, was awarded the HHS PTSA Scholarship through LEF’s scholarship program last spring.

“When looking back on receiving an LEF scholarship, it is a flashback to high school and a reminder that hard work does pay off in the end, which is a huge encouragement when struggling with challenging classes,” Proznik said.

Proznik now attends the University of Arkansas.

“Getting an LEF scholarship enabled me to take an extra class,” Proznik told LEF. “And I am able to participate in Greek life here at the University of Arkansas and join a family away from home!”

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 8.53.48 AMLEF works with local booster clubs and PTAs to administer scholarships, and is home to endowed scholarships designed to honor the memory or legacy of those who contribute to LISD’s culture of student success.

Proznik is well on her way to developing her own culture of success. She plans to attend nursing school, graduate, and move into pharmaceutical sales out of college in 2019.

LEF is honored to have a hand in her achievements, and LEF is ready to offer LISD’s 2016 graduates the same hand up.

Applicants will be notified via email in April as to the status of their application. Those selected will be invited to participate in LEF’s annual Awards Night on May 9, 2016, at Lewisville High School’s Stuver Auditorium, where benefactors will be on hand to present awards.