Written by Jess Paniszczyn
The Irving Schools Foundation (ISF) hosted its annual Perpetual Giving Tree Ceremony in the IISD Administration Building on June 27. During the event, five new Fellows and five newly awarded scholarships, including the endowment of four additional scholarships, were recognized.
“We want to celebrate those who give,” said Crystal Scanio, Executive Director of ISF. “We are completely funded by the community. We don’t get many grants. It is all from individuals, teachers and companies giving.
“The Fellows ceremony acknowledges those community members who have gone above and beyond. If we really looked at everyone who helped us throughout the year, it would be a four hour ceremony. So we just highlight the ones who have donated $1,000 to be called a Fellow.
“The Giving Tree is a permanent fixture. So by having a Fellow’s leaf added on is a permanent way of showing that you have created a legacy for the Irving Schools Foundation.”
The following Fellows had their names inscribed on the Perpetual Giving Tree: Dr. Dana T. Bedden, Beth Bowman, Johnny Heard, Gary L. Schepf, and Gladys Valchar. The following scholarships were recognized: HIPPY Academic Scholarship, Irving Friendship Foundation Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Robert Pierce, MarQualyne Farr Memorial Scholarship, Mary Rudisell Honorary Scholarship, and Mr. Pike’s Special Pals Scholarship.
The following scholarships were dedicated on the Giving Tree as newly endowed scholarships: Irving Las Colinas Rotary Club Irving High School Scholarship, Irving Las Colinas Rotary Club MacArthur High School Scholarship, Irving Las Colinas Rotary Club Nimitz High School Scholarship, the Irving Friendship Foundation Scholarship, and Dr. John F. Townley Scholarship.