(WICHITA FALLS, TX)— Forty-one Archer County high school graduates were recognized recently by the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation for academic excellence. The students from Archer City, Holliday and Windthorst high schools received scholarships awarded through the Foundation’s annual scholarship program. The students were among dozens of area high school and college students who received more than $450,000 in scholarships from various foundation donors.

New recipients of the Royal C. (Bingo) Kinder scholarships include Hailey Cating (renewable), Lainey Hughes (renewable), Sierra Sissom, Colton Knobloch, Allyson Warren, Corbyn Scobee, Claire Hemmi and Blair Schreiber. Returning renewable award recipients include Mackenzie Yandell, Morgan Yandell, Michaela Yandell, Kinleigh David, Grace Weaver and Caitlin Wilson.

Archer City ISD Wind Energy scholarship recipients include: Harley Anderson, Destiny Biggers, Jhoselin Burgara, Conner Byrd, Samantha Clements, Trevon Cotton, Kolbi Cox, Brian De La Rosa, Coltin Knobloch, Susan Mangum, Madyson Martin, Clayton McCasland, Ashtyn Moorehead, Wesley Musgrave, Rachel Patterson, Ashlynn Penny, Wesley Porter, Emily Richardson, Phillip Richardson, James Schneider, Audrey Schroeder, Anthony Shelton, Israel Stewart, Allyson Warren, Joshua Wilcox and Jacob Wilhelm.

Other scholarship award recipients include: Haylee Gowen, Brea Little Moore Memorial; Coltin Knobloch, Dominic Watson Be A Hero Today; Mackenzie Gillispie, Hamilton Burkman; Zoe Gerk, Remember the Vietnam War; and Ambri Harrigal, Whiteis Fine Arts/Agriculture. The Ted and Deedy Conrady Family Easement scholarship award recipients include Nathan Bales and Claire Hemmi.

The first scholarship was established at WFACF in 2000. Today, there are 57 scholarship funds at the Foundation, several which award multiple scholarships annually. Scholarships range from single year to multi-year renewable awards for students in vocational education, as well as undergraduate programs.

“The scholarship event provides a wonderful opportunity for the students to meet and get to know their donors, who are, literally, making an investment in their future,” according to Leslie Schaffner, president of the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation. “It is eye-opening to read the applications and understand the deep passion and commitment these students have to further their education, regardless of whether it is a two year program designed to improve their employability or a four year degree and beyond.”

This year’s pool of applicants was the largest to date for the Foundation, with 252 applications submitted.

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