Written by Staff
Fran Mathers of Via Reál Restaurant in Las Colinas Plaza awarded collegiate scholarships from the Pat Mathers Scholarship Foundation to seven children of Irving police officers on July 16.
The recipients included third time winner Stephen Johnson, and first time winners Shayna Richardson, Michael Coleman II, Austin Fairbairn, Miranda Kelly, Ryan Mitchell and Allyson Cerami. Funding is raised at Via Reál’s Pat Mather’s Scholarship Fundraiser which takes place every fall at the local restaurant. The tuition scholarships are for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The selection of scholarship winners comes from an applicant pool of children from Irving police officers and civilians. They are all college bound or current college students who excel in academics, community service, extracurricular activities, and who exhibit “above and beyond” ambitions to reach their goals. The mission of the Pat Mathers Scholarship Foundation is helping to further the education of the fine children of Irving police officers and to ease the financial burden on their parents who give so much to this city.
Fran Mathers, owner of Via Reál Restaurant, began the foundation in memory of her husband, James Patrick Mathers, who was a great supporter of the Irving Police Department.
Source: Pat Mathers Scholarship Foundation