Some lucky students are thankful for the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation after receiving a scholarship Tuesday.
In 2000, the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation officials handed out their first scholarship, which became an annual event. On Tuesday, they handed out 70 more.
Today, there are 57 scholarship funds at the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation, several which award multiple scholarships annually. Tuesday night 70 students were chosen for a scholarship out of a pool of 252 applicants. Senior at Vernon High School Rahul Bhakta was one of the 70 recipients. He said he is thankful for this honor.
“Going to a big university from a small family,” Bhakta said. “I’m a first generation student as well so my parents run a local business and it’s not always great, business isn’t always great. It’s just nice to receive some money that will go along way for sure.”
In all the community foundation handed out more than $450,000 worth of scholarships. Something foundation President Leslie Schaffner said they do just to help area students.
“Some people came in and said we want to start a scholarship program because we want to invest in the education of future students in our area,” Schaffner said.
Senior at Wichita Falls High School Monse Benitez also received a scholarship. She said this scholarship will help her greatly.
“Financial aid is a really big thing and you know anything counts,” Benitez said. “Any little bit of money counts, $500, $1,000 everything adds up and everything counts that way you can pay for your books, your classes, everything you need.”
With these scholarships, the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation hope lives will be changed and these students will make a difference in the community.
Scholarships range from single year to multi-year renewable awards for students in vocational education as well as undergraduate programs.