|DCCCD Foundation Awards Students Excelling in Art, Music and
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
|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
|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,
|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
Luis Rodriguez, Mountain View
College; Doo Hyun Baek, North
and Hyunjoon Park,
|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
|“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.