Student Leaders are Student Role Models, LeCroy Scholars

LeCroy Scholar Joseph Marble

LeCroy Scholar Joseph Marble

Students need role models, whether they are enrolled in K-12 or college.  Often, students don’t realize that they themselves can be role models, but that’s what happens when a select group of Dallas County Community College District students are named LeCroy Scholars every year.  Those individuals, who are campus leaders among the seven colleges in the DCCCD system, also serve as role models for their peers, volunteers in their communities and organizers who work to serve others.

Some have served as mentors, team captains, officers in academic honor societies, band members, tutors, student ambassadors for their colleges, and volunteers for church and community-based organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Family Place.

They have inspired other students, as well as DCCCD faculty, staff and administrators; as a result, eight students have been named 2014-2015 LeCroy Scholarship recipients by the DCCCD Foundation for their outstanding leadership and academic achievements.

The program honors one of DCCCD’s former chancellors, Dr. R. Jan LeCroy, who served in that capacity from 1981 to 1988.  Students selected as LeCroy Scholars receive full tuition and books for up to four semesters.  All recipients may attend any of the seven colleges in the DCCCD system: Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake or Richland.

The LeCroy Scholars fund was established with a grant donated by Mike A. Myers and the Mike Myers Foundation in 1988 to honor his longtime friend, Dr. Jan LeCroy, who passed away in 2013.  The program was the first major student recognition and incentive scholarship created for DCCCD.

Myers, who currently serves as chairman and president of Myers Financial Corp., took an active role with LeCroy, when he was still living, in the selection process.  Myers will continue to carry on his personal involvement with the program: he will interview finalists and help with the selection of the scholarship recipients, as well as personally mentor those students throughout the year – providing valuable insight and advice to help LeCroy Scholars succeed in school and in their communities.  Myers and LeCroy previously hosted a number of events during the year that provided opportunities for scholars to network with other recipients, including a yearly gathering of former and current LeCroy Scholars.  Myers plans to continue that tradition as well.

The scholarship recipients, the colleges they attend and their chosen fields of study are:

  •  Taryn Allen of Rowlett, Eastfield College, general studies;
  • Kym Gonzalez of Dallas, Mountain View College, business and Spanish;
  • Michael Heggie of Garland, Eastfield College, psychology;
  • Benjamin Kellogg of Flower Mound, North Lake College, electrical engineering;
  • Joseph Marble of Dallas, Richland College, criminal justice;
  • Rachel Quiroga of Dallas, Eastfield College, nursing;
  • Elisabeth Tuttass of Flower Mound, North Lake College, psychology; and
  • Brian Weidinger of Rowlett, Eastfield College, general studies.

Five DCCCD students are returning LeCroy Scholars for 2014-2015:

  • Edith Barajas of Garland, Richland College, accounting;
  • Tiffani Coleman of Dallas, Richland College, social work;
  • Cody Dziak of Mesquite, Eastfield College, biology/kinesiology;
  • Victoria Livingston of Dallas, El Centro College, science; and
  • Itzel Ruiz of Dallas, El Centro College, criminal justice.

For more information, contact Kathye Hammontree in the DCCCD Foundation office by phone at (214) 378-1536 or by email at khammontree@dcccd.edu.