Men for Change awards $18,000 in scholarships to FBISD students to support college careers

Men for Change members shown with 2016 scholarship award winners saint and Will Ross.

Men for Change members shown with 2016 scholarship award winners saint and Will Ross.

Men for Change (MFC) recently honored 15 Fort Bend ISD graduating seniors with scholarships totaling $18,000 during the organization’s 2016 Scholarship Awards Banquet, held at Quail Valley City Centre.

The FBISD honorees were among more than 20 seniors in Fort Bend County honored with MFC scholarships this year.

“We look forward to presenting scholarships each year to support the continuing education of deserving graduates in Fort Bend County,” said James Poore III, MFC Director of Education. “Our honorees are among an elite group of scholars who have worked hard throughout high school and deserve the recognition and support we’re giving them tonight.”

Included among this year’s $2,500 scholarship recipients are: Dulles High School – Clark Parham and Hightower High School – Myles Bartholomew.

Scholarship recipient Alexadra Brown (left), Principal Cozette Church (center) and scholarship recipient Tamia Johnson (right) of Marshall High School are pictured with Men for Change members (from left) Willie Willis, John Bailey II, Rodney Toussaint and Will Ross.

Scholarship recipient Alexadra Brown (left), Principal Cozette Church (center) and scholarship recipient Tamia Johnson (right) of Marshall High School are pictured with Men for Change members (from left) Willie Willis, John Bailey II, Rodney Toussaint and Will Ross.

Among the $1,000 scholarship recipients are: Dulles High School – Brooke Briers, Elkins High School – Edward Armijo, Aaron Hudson and Allen Watson, Hightower High School – Montrell Bell and La’Tayra Watts, Marshall High School – Alexadra Brown, Tamia Johnson, Dwyane McKenzie and Megan Williams, and Willowridge High School – Gerlynn Dumas, Taylor Frazier and Lapria Oppenhammer.

During the scholarship banquet, MFC Director of Education James Poore III served as Master of Ceremony and provided an opening prayer. Also on the program were: MFC Vice President Willie Willis, who extended a welcome to honorees and guests; MFC Secretary Rodney Toussaint provided the dinner prayer; Member John Bailey II introduced the guest speaker, Cozette Church, principal at Marshall High School.

Church shared that one of her purposes as a high school principal is to see an increase in college preparedness, college acceptance and scholarship totals. She also spoke of someone in her life who lived his purpose by helping her survive the challenges of high school. Church went on to challenge students to “be driven with a purpose and be relentless in your alignment with excellence.”

Magdiel Batista, Willowridge High School’s 2015 valedictorian and MFC scholarship recipient, spoke of his college experience thus far and offered the honorees advice in pursuing their college and career goals.

Following the guest speakers’ remarks, MFC members Willis and Bailey presented the 2016 MFC scholarship awards.

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