Since 1998, the Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce (SEDCC) has been awarding college scholarships to area seniors. Again this year, we are seeking qualified students with financial need as applicants for our scholarships.
As a community, we have been blessed with tremendous support from many businesses and individuals for the Annual Southeast Dallas Community Golf Classic, presented by Dal-Tile in October 2019. This past October marked our 30th year. The annual event provides the funding for the SEDCC scholarships.
In 2020, the SEDCC will award SIX $1,000 scholarships to a graduating senior from three DISD high schools – W. W. Samuell, Skyline, and H. Grady Spruce, and a TRIO Program participating student from one of the three high schools, and a graduating senior from A+ Academy and Inspired Vision Academy. In addition, high school seniors living in the zip codes 75217 and 75227 who attend high school outside the Pleasant Grove area are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
Awards Dinner Presenting Sponsor Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is one of the United States' largest natural-gas-only distributors. They have deep roots in Texas and are a great corporate partner in the community. They have funded FIVE scholarships – a tremendous gesture of support!
Chamber member Dal-Tile will again sponsor ONE SEDCC scholarships. Dal-Tile was founded in 1947 in Southeast Dallas and is the largest private employer in the area and does a tremendous amount of volunteer work and provides significant financial resources to many local civic causes.
Rick Callahan, from Callahan Properties, Commercial Real Estate Services, will fund ONE SEDCC Scholarship. As former chairman of the Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce and a longtime advocate for our area, Mr. Callahan is a leader in supporting efforts to economic opportunities and improve quality of life for all in Southeast Dallas.
Chamber member and board member Atalia Garcia with Garcia Law Group, P.C., will sponsor ONE scholarship in 2020. From their website – "Our attorneys believe that every person deserves professional, skilled, and affordable legal representation when needed."
The Kiwanis Club of Pleasant Grove Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the club serving Southeast Dallas since 1950, is glad to sponsor once again ONE scholarship – "Kids need Kiwanis"!
The SEDCC will also be the organization to provide and process applications for the 8th Annual Ingram Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship sponsored by Auto City in honor and memory of businessman William Martin Ingram. Blake Ingram, owner of Auto City, will award ONE $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior from one of five Southeast Dallas high schools – A+ Academy, Inspired Vision Academy, W. W. Samuell, Skyline, and H. Grady Spruce high schools. Student applicants will be required to write an essay about the importance of small businesses in the local community and America.
Both the SEDCC and Ingram applications will have a separate letter to the students. Students may apply for the SEDCC and the Ingram scholarships but will only be awarded one scholarship.
That makes 16 scholarships. Sixteen students will have a chance to start their higher education with financial support and well wishes from their hometown business community.
Along with a personal essay and financial need, a student's academic achievement, academic transcript, extra-curricular activities, and any other special circumstances will help determine the final recipients of the 16 scholarships. Please remember these criteria as you distribute the applications to your students. We place a great deal of emphasis on the student's essay.
Please contact Ricardo Rodriguez at 972-860-5371 or the chamber office at 214 398-9590 should you have any questions regarding these scholarships.