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2019 Scholarship List

RICHARD H. VITALE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Established by Richard H. Vitale, this award is given to graduating high school seniors at Woodrow Wilson High School, in Dallas, Texas, who have shown exceptional commitment to their community through their documented and regular involvement in community organizations. Applicants will be evaluated on a ratio of 25% academic achievement, 25% financial need, and 50% community involvement.

Mr. Vitale was born and reared in Dallas, Texas and is a proud graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of 1991. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Vitale joined a Bank of America predecessor company in 1994, and upon graduation, he returned to North Texas with the bank. He currently is a Senior Vice President at Bank of America and leads the bank’s Not-for-Profit Healthcare and Institutions Practice for North and Central Texas. He is Founding President of the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation.

Award Amount: $1,000.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must plan to pursue a degree at a 4-year accredited university.


MARCA LEE BIRCHER VOCAL / MUSIC THEATER SCHOLARSHIP

In her 28 years as the choir and musical director at Woodrow, Marca Lee Bircher inspired students to be the best they could be in all facets of life and used her unique talents to make them shine on the stage. This scholarship honors her legacy and reflects her desire to help Woodrow students take their talents beyond high school.

Award Amount: $1,000.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must plan to pursue a degree at a 2 or 4-year accredited university in Vocal Performance, Music Education, Choral Conducting, Music Theater, or another Music or Theater related major.
• If applying for this scholarship you will be asked to include a specific note on your area of intended specialization in music and your dedication to the study of music and about your music experience (district, area and state accolades, roles in musicals, etc). You may expand on this topic in your essay.
• Application should also include a performance video displaying his or her talent in the intended area of specialization.
• At least one letter of recommendation should be from the applicant’s choir director or voice or music teacher.


WOODROW WILSON CLASS OF 1942 SCHOLARSHIP

The members of the Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1942 graduated at the beginning of World War II and were part of The Greatest Generation. Their desire is to recognize and encourage a student with great motivation but limited resources as he or she reaches for the American Dream of education and advancement. This scholarship will be awarded based on financial need and a demonstration of self-discipline and dedication such as part-time jobs, volunteer service, academic excellence, and/or overcoming extraordinary challenges.

Award Amount: $750.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• If applying for this scholarship you will be asked to include a note about how you have shown perseverance and/or a dedicated work ethic. You may expand on this topic in your essay.
• This award gives preference to those with greater financial needs. You will need to include a copy of your Student Aid Report as part of your application.


WOODROW WILSON CLASS OF 1968 SCHOLARSHIP

The Woodrow Wilson class of 1968 was and still is very proud of Woodrow and the graduates it produces. The class has members all over the United States who are involved in a wide variety of fields. They are also a class that believes in the importance of giving back and serving others. For the class of 1968, their time at Woodrow was the foundation. In fact, many have remained in this community and watched their children graduate from Woodrow.

The class established this scholarship after their 40th reunion to assist a deserving, well-rounded Woodrow senior who desires to continue his/her education in college. Preference will be given to academic merit – a strong B student – community involvement and volunteerism, and financial need.

Award Amount: $1,000.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• If applying for this scholarship you will be asked to include a note addressing how you plan to continue to give back to your community. You may expand on this topic in your essay.
• This award gives preference to those with greater financial needs. You will need to include a copy of your Student Aid Report as part of your application

CLASS OF 1971 DENNIS ROE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Woodrow Wilson Class of 1971 Dennis Roe Memorial Scholarship was founded by the Woodrow Wilson High School Alumni Association, the Class of 1971, and Mr. Roe’s family and many friends to honor his memory through scholarships to graduating Woodrow students. After working 20 years for Southwestern Bell, Mr. Roe moved into financial planning and insurance. As a leader of the Class of 1971’s reunion committee, he was the impeccably organized and enthusiastic “rock” that guided his classmates back together year after year. This award is intended to help other graduating Woodrow students do the same.

Award Amount: $250.00 (one year only)


WOODROW WILSON CLASS OF 1991 SCHOLARSHIP

The Woodrow Wilson Class of 1991 is part of the long tradition of graduating classes at Woodrow whose members have made their marks in the world in a variety of pursuits, both professionally and personally. We observe that nationwide, the arts is an area that is not receiving the support in public schools that it once did, as budgets shrink and public leaders call for focus in other areas. The Class of 1991 would like to recognize Woodrow Wilson as a high school that supports the arts and award a scholarship to a student who demonstrates passion for and achievement in either the performing or visual arts.

Achievement in “performing arts” includes and is not limited to dedicated involvement in one or more of the following: music (band, orchestra, vocal performance, song writing, musical composition), dance (choreography, Ballet Folklorico, other dance performance), and drama (One Act play, musical theater, other live theater). Achievement in “visual arts” includes and is not limited to dedicated involvement in one or more of the following: drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, design, photography, video, filmmaking, and architecture. Practice and involvement in the arts is not limited to school electives but may also include dedicated pursuit outside the classroom environment.

Award Amount: $1,000.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award recipients must plan to pursue further education in the arts at a 4-year accredited university as a part of their planned coursework (not necessarily major).
• If applying for this scholarship you will be asked to describe how Woodrow has assisted in nurturing your talent and why you want to continue training at a college level. You may expand on this topic in your essay.
• If applying for this scholarship, at least one letter of recommendation should be written by an adult who has first-hand knowledge of and involvement with the student’s practice in his or her area of specialization.


BOB AND MARY JO ENGLISH SCHOLARSHIP

Mr. and Mrs. English were born and raised in Dallas, Texas and are both proud graduates of Woodrow Wilson High School, Classes of 1942 and 1944 respectively. Mr. English graduated from Texas A&M University in 1946 with a degree in economics. Immediately following graduation, he showed the true spirit of entrepreneurship by establishing a new business with just one employee, himself. Since then, English Color and Paint Supply, Inc. has evolved into a distribution company with over 41 stores and 275 employees. Bob English was the 2007 finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award of the Southwest Area. He has served as President of the Automotive Wholesalers of Dallas and as Chairman of various committees within the Automotive Service Industry Association. He was inducted into the Woodrow Wilson High School Hall of Fame in 2009. Mr. English passed away in March 2011.

Mr. English said that he and Mrs. English decided to create a scholarship program for Woodrow graduates because the academic and social education they received at college was a luxury that they could not afford, but they were able to complete their undergraduate degrees with financial help from others. Mr. English explained that he never forgot about the extra help he received to get his higher education and therefore felt compelled to create this scholarship for those “Diamond in the Rough” Woodrow Wilson High School graduates.

Award Amount: $1,000.00 (one year only)


VERITEX COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

Veritex Community Bank has been in our community for years. Veritex is derived from the Latin root word “veritas” meaning truth. The name alone exemplifies the importance of integrity and character when working with others. At every level, Veritex is integrally woven into the needs of our community, businesses and people we serve. It is part of Veritex Community Bank’s culture to reinvest in our community through a wide variety of community outreach programs and partnerships. The Veritex Community Bank Scholarship shall be awarded to a graduating senior at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, TX who is a model of integrity and character at school, out in the community and, eventually, as a business professional. The recipient of this scholarship will be pursuing business or a related subject, with preference given to financial need and community service.

Award Amount: $1,500.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must plan to pursue a degree at a 4-year accredited university in a business or related field.
• If applying to this scholarship, you will be asked to respond to the following question: “If you were a business owner in your community today, what type of business would you own and what are some ways you would ‘give back’ to your community?”
• This award gives preference to those with greater financial needs. You will need to include a copy of your Student Aid Report with your application.


THE RICHMOND FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Marian and Rob Richmond are thankful to be able to “pay it forward” to the Woodrow community in which their two children, Ward, Class of 1996, and Valerie, Class of 2001, thrived. This scholarship is to assist Woodrow Wilson graduates seeking to increase their knowledge and take their first steps into independence and adulthood. The Richmond Family Scholarship rewards students for academic merit (strong B average or higher), campus involvement and community service. Preference is given to those who can demonstrate work experience during the academic year and to those with greater financial needs. Two awards are available to two deserving Wildcat seniors.

Award Amount: $2,000.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must plan to pursue a degree at a 2 or 4-year accredited college or university.
• If applying for this scholarship you will be asked to provide examples of work experience during your high school career. You may expand on this topic in your essay.
• This award gives preference to those with greater financial needs. You will need to include a copy of your Student Aid Report with your application.

THE GUSTAVO IPINA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Gustavo Ipiña, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, attended Woodrow Wilson High School from 2001 to 2004. In this time, he exemplified the qualities of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Gustavo was an honor student and a kind, gentle young man. His smile lit up a room.
In the summer of 2004, his life ended unexpectedly and violently in a tragic incident of road rage while he was on the way home from work. His needless death will not go unnoticed. His passion for learning, love of life and kindness towards others will live on in the Gustavo Ipiña Memorial Scholarship.

The Gustavo Ipiña Memorial Scholarship (G.I.M.S.) assists English as a Second Language (ESL) students from Woodrow Wilson High School continue their education at accredited colleges and universities. G.I.M.S. seeks to reward strong character and hard work and to support those who desire to make the most of their lives, thereby carrying on Gustavo’s legacy.

Award Amount: $1,000.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must plan to pursue a degree at a 2 or 4-year accredited college or university.
• Applicants must indicate within the application form, essay and/or transcript that they are currently or have been enrolled in ESL classes.
• Applicants should include evidence within their application form and/or essay that they exemplify the traits of scholarship, leadership, service and character.
• This award gives preference to those with greater financial needs. You will need to include a copy of your Student Aid Report with your application.

COLONEL JAY COZBY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP


Jack Monroe “Jay” Cozby, Jr. (WWHS ’74), along with both his parents and his two siblings, was a proud Woodrow graduate. After Woodrow, Jay worked his way through Eastfield College, the University of Texas in Arlington, then Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. He enlisted as a captain in the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of Colonel. He served as a dentist in Germany, Korea, Hawaii, and volunteered to go to Iraq and serve during Desert Storm in 1991. He died of lung cancer in 2007 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full honors.

Award Amount: $1,000.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must show the intent to study and work in the medical or dental field.
• Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
• Essays or other materials should demonstrate employment and volunteer service history.


ALISE CORTEZ SCHOLARSHIP

Alise Cortez is from a small Oregonian town but had the tremendous fortune to live in Spain and Brazil for 2.5 years and travel throughout much of Western Europe and South America. This profound educational experience gave her an enduring appreciation for all peoples of the world, their beautiful diversity, and their hopes to lead the life for which they dream.

This award is intended to recognize and support graduating seniors who are committed to being “good citizens of the world.” Thus, students interested in pursuing degrees in areas such as international studies or world affairs are given preference.

Award Amount: $1,000.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• If applying for this scholarship, you will be asked to describe an interest in or plan to pursue work after college that encompasses international affairs. You may expand on this topic in your essay.
• Applicants must speak and write at least one other language besides English.
• This award gives preference to those with greater financial needs. You will need to include a copy of your Student Aid report with your application.


CLASS OF 1978 HAL HAMMOND MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

While at Woodrow, Hal Hammond (WWHS ’78) was quarterback of the football team and played short stop for the baseball team. Hal never met a stranger, and was a born salesman. He worked in mortgage banking, commercial real estate, and as a car dealer – serving for a time as the President of the Dallas County Automobile Dealers Association. Friends in the Class of 1978 have endowed this scholarship to honor his memory and support a graduating Wildcat as they pursue their dreams, in whatever field they choose.

Award Amount: $500.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• This award gives preference to actively engaged athletes. You will be asked to describe the sports in which you are involved, along with any sports-related achievements or awards.

THE WOODROW WILSON HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship fund was established in 2017 to benefit seniors planning to attend college who are active participants in the Woodrow Robotics program. Three awards are available to three deserving candidates.

Award Amount: $500.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must plan to pursue a degree at a 2 or 4-year accredited college or university.
• If applying for this scholarship you will be asked to describe how being involved in Robotics has affected you and what you have gained from the experience as well as your plans for college and what you hope to do after you have obtained your degree.
• This award gives preference to those with greater financial needs. You will need to include a copy of your Student Aid Report with other application materials.


THE KUESEL FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Established by Ken K. Kuesel, this scholarship will be given to a graduating senior at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas, who has shown extraordinary love and commitment to their community by constant involvement in community organizations.

Mr. Kuesel was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and is a proud graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School’s Class of 1968. He has three daughters who graduated from Woodrow Wilson: Meredith, Class of 1993; Candice, Class of 1998; and Mallory, Class of 2006. His youngest daughter, Kendall, will graduate from Woodrow Wilson in 2021. Mr. Kuesel’s love and commitment for Woodrow Wilson has been passed down through his daughters.

Mr. Kuesel received a four-year athletic scholarship from Southern Methodist University. He was a starter and a letterman in both football and baseball and graduated in four years with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Without this scholarship, Mr. Kuesel would never have been afforded the opportunity to continue his education beyond high school. Understanding the need for financial assistance is the main reason Mr. Kuesel started this scholarship. He has always felt the true measure of success is not what you achieve for yourself but what you are able to do for others.

Award Amount: $1,000.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must plan to pursue a degree at a 4-year accredited university.
• If you are applying for this scholarship you will be asked to include a note addressing how you plan to continue to give back to your community. You may expand on this topic in your essay.
• This award gives preference to those with greater financial needs. You will need to include a copy of your Student Aid Report with other application materials.


JOHN QUINLAN AND BRANDON GORDON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Chief Warrant Officer John A. Quinlan and Specialist Brandon D. Gordon died Feb. 18, 2007, in southeastern Afghanistan when their helicopter crashed while conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This award is intended to help honor their memory by supporting graduating Woodrow students who are interested in military studies as a part of their academic pursuits. This scholarship rewards well-rounded students for academic achievement, campus involvement and community service.

Award Amount: $1,000.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must indicate they plan to participate in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC) program at a 4-year accredited university and/or are currently participating in the JROTC program at Woodrow Wilson High School.
• This award gives preference to those with greater financial needs. You will need to include a copy of your Student Aid report with your application.


THE FRIENDS OF LAKEWOOD SCHOLARSHIP

Friends of Lakewood (FOL), the fathers’ organization for Lakewood Elementary School, has been supporting Lakewood Elementary since 1982. The membership, 580 strong and counting, is comprised of dads who work tirelessly for Lakewood and, as their children grow, for J.L. Long and Woodrow Wilson, to improve and enhance the educational experience of all students attending these schools.

This scholarship is intended for college-bound Woodrow seniors who attended a Woodrow Wilson High School feeder pattern elementary school, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School in continuous years. The scholarship rewards well-rounded, hardworking students for academic achievement, feeder school campus involvement, and outstanding community service.

Award Amount: $1,000.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must plan to pursue a degree at a 4-year accredited university.
• Applicants should include evidence of leadership throughout their educational career in their application form and/or essay.
• If applying for this scholarship you will be asked to include a note addressing how you have given back in the past and how you plan to continue to give back to your community. You may expand on this topic in your essay.
• This award gives preference to those who attended Lakewood Elementary, but applications from graduates of any Woodrow Wilson High School feeder pattern elementary school who also attended J.L. Long and Woodrow in continuous years will be considered.


THE MARIAN DIECKMAN HAMMERT SCHOLARSHIP

Marian Dieckman Hammert and her late husband, Fredrick, supported an educational foundation for many years, and she is happy to be able to establish a scholarship at Woodrow Wilson.

Mrs. Hammert received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at the University of Central Missouri, her Early Childhood certification at East Texas State, and her Masters at Southern Methodist University. She taught for 40+ years, beginning in her hometown of Independence, Missouri, and teaching in the Department of Defense Schools in Korea and Germany before returning to the U.S. to teach in Dallas, Texas, and Marietta, Georgia. Mrs. Hammert completed the final 25 years of her teaching career in Room 107 at Lakewood Elementary, where she was very involved in the PTA, serving one year as president of the organization.

Besides her passion for teaching in Early Childhood, Mrs. Hammert enjoys international travel and has visited over 100 countries and regions. Several of her trips abroad have included visits to local elementary schools, where she has found that children everywhere are more alike than different.

Award Amount: $1,000.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must plan to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education at a 2 or 4-year accredited college or university.
• If applying for this scholarship you will be asked to include examples of successful experiences working with children. You may expand on this topic in your essay.
• This award gives preference to those who attended Lakewood Elementary, but all applicants meeting the above criteria will be considered.


THE TESS P. WHITE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Long time Lakewood resident Tess White established the Tess P. White Foundation in 1999 with an emphasis on providing educational opportunities for children. Mrs. White had great love for the community she lived in and wanted to use her position to benefit others. Her efforts to give back were appreciated not only by her family but also by all who felt the impact of her passion around education.

Many of Mrs. White’s nieces and nephews began their school years at Mount Auburn Elementary School and William Lipscomb Elementary School, going on to attend J.L. Long Middle School and graduate from Woodrow Wilson High School. This scholarship was created in 2019 to award Woodrow seniors who attended a Woodrow Wilson High School feeder pattern elementary school, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School in continuous years. It rewards well-rounded, hardworking Wildcats for academic achievement, feeder school campus involvement, and outstanding community service.

Award Amount: $1,000.00 (one year only)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must plan to pursue a degree at a 2 or 4-year accredited college or university.
• Applicants must have attended a Woodrow Wilson High School feeder pattern elementary school, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School in continuous years.
• Applicants should include evidence of leadership throughout their educational career in their application form and/or essay.
• If applying for this scholarship you will be asked to include a note addressing how you have given back in the past and how you plan to continue to give back to your community. You may expand on this topic in your essay.


THE HONEYBONE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Longtime neighborhood residents Helene and Mark Honeybone have been involved with the area’s public schools since their children started at Mockingbird Elementary School, attended J. L. Long Middle School and moved on to Woodrow Wilson High School. As believers in the importance of a strong education for every child, they’ve observed over the years how valuable it can be for struggling students to have caring adults in their lives to provide support at crucial times.

This scholarship is intended to assist hardworking, goal-oriented Woodrow seniors who, with just a little help, can attain very bright futures as they pursue their associate or bachelor’s degree.

Award Amount: $5,000.00 (recurring over two consecutive years, $2,500 per year)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Applicants should include evidence of strong character and work ethic in their application form and/or essay.
• Academic growth should be evident in the applicant’s transcript.
• This award gives preference to those with greater financial needs. You will need to include a copy of your Student Aid Report with your application.


THE CHARLOTTE AND JOSEPH W. GEARY, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Siblings and Woodrow Wilson graduates Kelley Geary Burks (’67), Kathie Geary Vaughan (’71), Michael Patrick Geary (’72) and Colleen Geary Patton (’73) have endowed a scholarship in memory of their parents, Charlotte and Joseph W. Geary, Jr., to assist graduating Woodrow seniors who want to continue their education beyond high school.

The scholarship will award a well-rounded student for academic achievement, campus involvement, community service and volunteerism. Preference will be given to students who plan to pursue a career in law, law enforcement, or the nonprofit world. Preference will also be given to applicants who can demonstrate work experience during the academic year and to those with greater financial needs.

Award Amount: $6,000.00 (recurring over four years, $1,500 per year)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must plan to pursue a degree at a 4-year accredited university in the United States.
• In order to renew the scholarship annually, award winners must be enrolled full-time and maintain a minimum average grade of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
• Applicants must intend to pursue a career in law, law enforcement or nonprofit work.
• Applicants will be asked to provide examples of work experience during your high school career. You may expand on this topic in your essay.
• This award gives preference to those with greater financial needs. You will need to include a copy of your Student Aid Report with your application.


AMY AND JASON KULAS FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Amy and Jason (WWHS ’89) Kulas have endowed a scholarship to help ensure that financial need is not an impediment for Woodrow students who want to continue their education beyond high school. This scholarship rewards well-rounded students for academic achievement, campus involvement and community service, with a preference given to those with greater financial needs.

Award Amount: $10,000.00 (recurring over four years, $2,500 per year)

Award Preferences & Specific Requirements:
• Award winners must plan to pursue a degree at a 4-year accredited university.
• To apply for this scholarship you will be asked to include a note addressing how you plan to continue to give back to your community. You may expand on this topic in your essay.
• This scholarship requires a copy of your Student Aid Report with other application materials.


All scholarships listed above are accepting additional tax deductible donations. If your Woodrow class, family, or interest group is interested in supporting an existing or establishing a new scholarship to benefit graduates of Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas, WWHSCF can help. Please contact us at contact@woodrowfoundation.org.

WWHSCF is an IRC Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to benefitting the Woodrow Community