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For Immediate Release: March 26, 2004
DCCCD Foundation Awards Students Excelling in Art, Music and Writing
Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX  –  They study, they write; they sing, paint and sculpt.  They also have jobs, commute and face the challenges of daily life.  This dedicated group of 15 students from the Dallas County Community College District was recognized for their talent and skills by the DCCCD Foundation on March 26, during a special program that showcased each student’s gift.
Each year, the Cecil Wallace Fordham Memorial Award in Visual Arts, the Alice Jones Berding Memorial Award in Music, and the Eleanor Jones Award in Creative Writing are given to students from DCCCD’s seven colleges who excel in art, music and creative writing.  All three awards are funded through endowments administered by the DCCCD Foundation.
Each outstanding student receives a cash award of $400, made possible by gifts from the Jones family.  The Cecil Wallace Fordham Award in Visual Arts, made possible with a gift from Fordham’s daughter, Eleanor Fordham Jones, and her family, was created to remember Mr. Fordham’s love of visual beauty.  The first Cecil Wallace Fordham Memorial Awards in Visual Arts was given in 1979.
Grant MacManus is the winner of the award for Brookhaven College and currently studies studio art.  He plans to transfer to a four-year institution in the fall of 2004 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and to continue his art education in graduate school to teach art at the collegiate level.
Other winners included:  Jessica Norrod, Cedar Valley College; Saranna Yuthiwattana, Eastfield College; Jackie Lewis, El Centro College; Bart Hubbard, Mountain View College; Jena Rushing, North Lake College; and Joemaine Perry, Richland College.
The Alice Jones Berding Award in Music, made possible with a gift from Berding’s late brother, George Rather Jones, honors Ms. Berding’s years of teaching in the Dallas schools as a piano instructor and as a private teacher as well.  Brookhaven College’s winner is Jessica Bracks, a Dallas resident majoring in music concentrating in piano.  Bracks is pursuing an associate’s degree in music and plans to transfer to a four-year university to complete her music degree in performance and conducting.  Awardees must be enrolled in music, and preference is given to students who are studying piano.  The first Alice Jones Berding Memorial Award in Music was awarded in 1977. 
Other location winners include: Cesar Jesus Anguiano, Cedar Valley College; Jaime Casarez, Eastfield College; Juan Medrano, El Centro College; Luis Rodriguez, Mountain View College; Doo Hyun Baek, North Lake College; and Hyunjoon Park, Richland College.
The Eleanor Jones Award for Creative Writing was established in 2002 by Mr. Jones’ sons, daughter and grandchildren to honor her birthday.  The award is presented annually to an outstanding student who excels in the composition of prose or poetry at one of the seven DCCCD colleges which offers creative writing.  This year’s winner was Lucien Rene Nanton, a student at North Lake College.
“Through these scholarships, we honor the lives of Alice Jones Berding, Eleanor Jones, and Cecil Wallace Fordham,” said Betheny Reid, executive director of the DCCCD Foundation.  “Their dedication to music and the visual arts survives in the work and dreams of 15 outstanding students.  Gifts such as these are a lasting legacy honoring both the benefactors and recipients.”
Mrs. Jones, her children and her grandchildren continue to attend the awards ceremony each year.
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