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Our 2018-2019 scholarship recipients!

Jillian Cae Martinez is a Junior at the University of North Texas and plans to graduate in the Fall of 2020. Her major is International Studies and French with a minor in Business Foundations. She has completed 54 hours toward her degree with a grade point average of 4.0. Her career aspiration is to get a graduate degree and then to work in the field of Immigration as an Operations Research Analyst. She has leadership and work experience. Beginning in Katy High School, she was the head of the French Club for three years and active in the school’s color guard. She has been an active community volunteer at the Houston Methodist West Hospital. Then at UNT she has become involved on campus in FSA, ASA, and Women in Business. She has worked as a tutor at the Kumon Tutoring Centers and as a sales associate at Under Armour and most recently at the Clark Bakery where she helps make ice cream for the UNT campus.

Shannon Simmons is a Senior at Texas Woman’s University majoring in English Literature with a minor in Global Studies. She plans to graduate in December 2018. In the Spring of 2019 she will begin working toward the master’s degree in English. She aspires to become an English Professor at the university level. She currently works as a freelance writer for TWU’s student newspaper, The Lasso and is a part-time tutor for She is a member of the English honor society: Sigma Tau Delta and the honors society for non-traditional students: Alpha Sigma Lambda. At Collin College, where she began her college-level studies she co-founded a student organization called Working-Class Heroes under The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies. She presented at their first annual conference and won an award for her research on working-class mothers. She served in an intern position at the Dallas Zoo in her second semester and published several blogs on their ZooHoo! website and has continued to contribute as a guest on environmental issues. Donisha is now a member of North Texas Writers, a critique group for creative fiction and Spider Web Salon, a collaborative creative group that focuses on poetry. She has presented pieces of her writing at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research and at the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference at Collin College.

Jessica L. Taylor is working toward the master’s degree in Higher Education at the University of North Texas and plans to graduate in May 2019. She completed her first semester of the program with a grade point average of 4.0. Her career aspiration is to work one day as a Dean of Students and advocate for the Student Conduct functional area where students have a space where they can develop. She has held many leadership roles throughout high school and college. In High School in Beaumont she was elected president of the Anchor Club and parliamentarian of the Student Council. At Stephen F. Austin State University she was elected Student Body President. She was recently elected Treasurer for the Association of Graduate Students in Higher Education at UNT. In college she gained experience as an academic tutor and in the community she gained experience in event planning while volunteering. She has worked for Save Our Children and Children Inc. She is the first member of her family to graduate from college. She credits Serena Chang, her College Recruitment Adviser, who shared with her the importance of maintaining high academic grades and the importance of continuing to be involved in co-curricular organizations throughout her college experiences.

Donisha Odoms is a goal setter. She completed the Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology and began working toward the master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the Texas Woman’s University and plans to graduate in May 2020. Her next step will be to become a licensed professional Counselor and then she plans to pursue getting her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. She desires to have her own clinical practice where she can implement fresh and new ways to approach receiving quality mental health care. Donisha also has a desire to give back to various philanthropic endeavors especially geared to helping teach life skills and helping the homeless. In high school she was a member of Peer Assistance and Leadership where she tutored and mentored elementary, middle, and high school students. She volunteered frequently at the Bronco Youth Center and at the Ronald McDonald House. She has participated in Make-A-Difference Day every year beginning in high school.

2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients
Karen Meacham, TWU Senior, Double Major in Nutrition and Biology
Jennifer Duncan, TWU Graduate student, Molecular Biology
Sanjuana Banda, UNT Senior, Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies
Sarah Edwards , UNT Ft. Worth College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy

2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients
Tawney O LeBouef Tullia, TWU Doctoral Student, Rhetoric
Margaret Goetsch, TWU Senior, Music Therapy
Mindy Le, UNT Senior, Hospitality Management, Merchandising and Digital Retailing
Krystin Rodriguez, UNT Junior, International Studies

2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients
Brittney Buckhanan, TWU Senior, Accounting
Alexandra Jeffcoat, TWU Senior, Women’s Studies & Sociology
Yanxia Jiang, UNT Junior, Accounting
Courtney Medvedev, UNT Master’s Student, Public Affairs & Community Service

2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients
Jennifer Roland, TWU Graduate Student, Women’s Studies
Lola Obamehinti, UNT Graduate Student, Information Science
Tamiel Turley, TWU Undergraduate Student, Biology
Thao Huynh, UNT Undergraduate Student, Violin Performance & Biology

2011-2012 Scholarship Recipients
Frances Reanea McNeal, TWU Graduate Student, Women’s Studies
Elisha Jean Heiden, UNT Graduate Student, English
Sarah Folkening, TWU Undergraduate Student, Music Therapy
Danielle Vincent, UNT Undergraduate Student, Psychology

2010-2011 Scholarship Recipients
Alyson Temple-Lozada, TWU Graduate Student, Physical Therapy
Giovanni N. Dortch, UNT Graduate Student, Sociology
Jessica Huynh, TWU Undergraduate, Social Work

2009-2010 Scholarship Recipients
Rachel Zimmerman, TWU Graduate Student, Physical Therapy
Brittany DeNoon, UNT Graduate Student, Women’s Studies
Cassi Samples, TWU Undergraduate Student, Dance
Kelly Bevin Butler, UNT Undergraduate Student, History

2008-2009 Scholarship Recipients
Shelley Padilla, TWU Graduate Student, Dance
Kristina Morales, UNT Graduate Student, Women’s Studies
Mercedalia Reyes, TWU Undergraduate Student, Early Childhood Bilingual Education
Skyler Wilk, UNT Undergraduate Student, History

2006-2007 Scholarship Recipients
Jeannhenriette Mam, TWU Graduate Student, Dance
Jennifer Roe, UNT Graduate Student, American and British Literature
Angela M. Binder, TWU Undergraduate Student, Biology
Ruby Roxanne Al–Qasem, UNT Undergraduate, English, Creative Writing