A total of 931 scholarships was awarded to 801 seniors, according to a district news release. The annual scholarship night for the class of 2021 was scheduled outdoors May 18 at the Frisco Roughriders’ Riders Field, but inclement weather led to the district quickly moving inside at the FISD Administration Building.
Scholarships this year are up from 924 scholarships given in 2020, which totaled more than $685,000 to more than 700 students. Last year, the foundation hand-delivered checks and yard signs from house to house due to COVID-19 precautions, Assistant Director of Communications Meghan Cone said.
Since 1999, the foundation has awarded more than $8.7 million to more than 7,900 graduating seniors, according to the release. Funds come from the foundation and community donors, such as FISD parents Debbie and Gary Griffin.
“With FEF, we got to see and hear from the actual individuals our contribution went to help,” the Griffins said in the release. “We heard their stories. We felt their genuine gratitude and enthusiasm. We were able to rejoice with them and savor their vision for the future.”