Anyone familiar with Lewisville ISD is familiar with the outstanding work and legacy of former Lewisville High School Principal Doug Killough.
He made a lasting impact in his 15 years as the principal of Lewisville High School before becoming Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. After serving 42 years in education, he continued to enrich the community through roles on the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation (LEF) Board of Directors, Noon Rotary, and countless others. Known as a servant leader, he was recognized as Citizen of the Year by both the Flower Mound and Lewisville chambers of commerce and is the namesake of Lewisville High School Killough.
Madison Lopez, 2017 LHS salutatorian, understands the powerful impact of a legacy like Doug Killough’s. She is part of it as the 2017 recipient of the Doug Killough Memorial Scholarship from LEF as well as the Lewisville High School 100-Year Alumni Pride Scholarship.
In a thank you letter to Doug’s wife Beverly, Madison wrote that Doug brought joy to everyone he encountered and was “a difference maker, a life changer, a perspective shifter”.
Madison’s thoughtful words of gratitude to the Killough family had a powerful effect on his daughter, Tami Dillard.
“I can’t tell you how much this means. What a true gift to hear from her and that she keeps his light shining,” Tami said.
His light continues to shine in many ways far outside the halls he walked as principal of Lewisville High where he connected with students, getting to know them, their needs, interests, and dreams. Doug’s light shines far past the walls of the school that bears his name – LHS Killough.
That light Tami mentioned can be found in the education of a teacher who receives the Doug Killough Memorial Fellowship. It will be found in the 2018 recipient of the Doug Killough Memorial Scholarship and many to come after that. And it’s clearly in the heart of Madison Lopez.
“The teachers and administrators of LISD are truly incredible people who influenced me more than I could ever realize and more than I could ever thank them for. They nurtured my love of learning, encouraged me, pushed me, and offered me friendship,” said Lopez. “Lewisville has such a sweet place in my heart, and I cannot wait to give back, just like my teachers did for me and just like Mr. Killough did for so long.”
She isn’t wasting time finding ways to give back. In just her second semester at SMU, Madison has helped establish a chartered organization on SMU’s campus to fight against human trafficking and advocate for its victims. She is a member of the Christian sorority Sigma Phi Lambda and is involved with a political organization called Young Americans for Freedom.
This summer, she will carry Doug’s light all the way to Israel. Madison will travel there with other SMU students to engage in leadership activities and learn about the geopolitics of the region, an experience that coincides smoothly with her major in political science and likely second major: human rights.
All of that may not have happened if it weren’t for the scholarship in honor of Doug Killough. Although ecstatic upon her acceptance into SMU, Madison was terrified of how she was going to afford such an incredible school. But she said that it was the Doug Killough Memorial Scholarship that put her fears to rest in addition to providing financial support.
“Truly, it was not just a scholarship. It was an act of love and generosity that eased my fears, gave me hope, and reminded me that God always provides,” said Lopez.
She said the generosity of the Killough family helped her go on to become a Dean’s Scholar at SMU, a Hilltop Scholar, a recipient of the SMU Opportunity Scholarship, and several more.
Without a doubt, Doug Killough’s legacy lives on within Madison Lopez.
To see the next group of Lewisville ISD seniors to receive LEF scholarships like Madison Lopez, mark your calendars for 7 p.m., May 7, for the LEF Scholarship Awards Ceremony at Stuver Auditorium on the campus of Lewisville High School.
Contact LEF Programs Administrator Sherah Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org, 469-948-2020) to provide a scholarship for outstanding students of Lewisville ISD. In addition to that, there are many other ways to support student scholarships and teacher grants in the Lewisville Independent School District, including a simple general donation.