Former Houston Texans player and Missouri City native, Devard Darling awarded college scholarships to deserving students through his As One Foundation. The $1,000 scholarships were awarded to eight Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD) high school seniors at Sweetwater Country Club.
The As One Foundation was founded Devard Darling, a NFL wide receiver, in memory of his twin brother, Devaughn Darling, who tragically died during pre-season conditioning at Florida State University. Both developed academically and athletically in FBISD until they graduated from Austin High School and continued their education at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
The Devard & Devaughn Darling Scholarship Awards & Silent Auction is Devard’s way of turning the loss of his identical twin brother, into something positive. It’s also a way to say thank you to the people who helped them both succeed as student athletes. “I would really appreciate the support of the community for this event,” says Darling. “It is so important to show these young people they are worth our time and money. So many did that for me and my brother, now this is my chance to pay it forward.”
The 2012 recipients are: Akintunde O. Akinniranye, Rashayne Darling and Maria Guadalupe Mercado, all from Austin High School. Other winners are Jeremy Ryan Marsh of Travis High School; Alisha Marie Pace of Kempner High School; Keshundria Patterson of Dulles High School; Faith Isioma Izuegbu of Hightower High School and Alice Jean of Clements High School.