Education leaders from around North Texas gathered at Brookhaven College on Nov. 4 for an announcement that would offer thousands in scholarships to transfer students completing Early College High School programs. ECHS students at Brookhaven College will be among the first in the state to benefit from more than $3 million in scholarship funds from the Greater Texas Foundation.
At the announcement ceremony, leaders from the University of North Texas, ECHS at Brookhaven College, Texas High School Project and Greater Texas Foundation gathered at Brookhaven College to celebrate the donation of $605,000 in scholarships and student support to UNT specifically for ECHS students. Statewide, five colleges received funds; however, UNT is the only college located in North Texas. UNT has dedicated an ECHS office and liaison to provide a full range of support services to the students.
Dr. Wynn Rosser, executive director of the Greater Texas Foundation; Lee Jackson, chancellor of the University of North Texas System; Wright L. Lassiter, Jr., chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District; V. Lane Rawlins, UNT president; and Alma Garcia, program officer for the Texas High School Project, all shared their different experiences working with and promoting early college high schools. Emmanuel Torres, a senior at ECHS at Brookhaven College, has set a goal of completing his associate’s degree before graduating high school in May 2012. Thus far, he has completed 42 hours. After sharing his personal story, Rosser offered an executive, on-the-spot scholarship of $1,000 to Torres for use at any college in the state.
Marilyn K. Lynch, Brookhaven College associate vice president for career and program resources, and Rosie Oliveria, principal of ECHS at Brookhaven College, also attended the ceremony, reinforcing the partnership between institutions that is central to the success of the program.
The Greater Texas Foundation is a statewide education grantmaker based in Bryan, Texas with the mission of supporting efforts to ensure all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in and complete a postsecondary education.