2023-2024 Scholarship season timeline

8:00 a.m. CDT Monday, October 9, 2023 Eligibility Application Opens
You fill out the Eligibility Application. Changes cannot be made after final submission!

5:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday, October 31, 2023 Eligibility Application Closes
The portal cannot accept Eligibility Applications after 5:00 PM CDT.

November 6 – 21, 2023 Data Import and Matching
After importing data including grades and attendance, the system matches you to scholarships based on your Eligibility Application. This takes about two weeks and you will have no access other than viewing your Profile and Eligibility Application.

8:00 a.m. CST November 22, 2023 Student Scholarship Application Opens
You’ll receive an email telling you your matches are ready and you may now apply for scholarships. You select each scholarship from your menu and either apply or decline. If you do nothing, it is considered a decline to apply for the scholarship. This is the fast part of scholarship season!

5:00 p.m. CST December 15, 2023 Student Scholarship Application Closes
The portal cannot accept Scholarship Applications after 5:00 p.m. CST. All issues must be submitted and resolved by all parties before this deadline. Submit early!

December 2023 – March 2024
Counselor review and confirmation, blind reviews, donor and sponsor reviews and selections, and ISF confirmations.

March 2024 – Award Email Announcements
Scholarship recipients are notified via email after Spring Break and begin process of claiming or declining awards.

Monday, April 15, 2024 MANDATORY Scholar Training at Irving High School Auditorium
All scholars will meet for Scholar Training. Along with a group photo and a quick video, this involves everything you need to know about your receiving your award, your scholarship funds, your donor contacts, and the Breakfast with the Stars award event. You must have your scholarship agreement completed in the portal to accept and be confirmed for the scholarship(s) offered. You will also learn about your donors and find out where/how to send thank you notes and updates, see details of how the scholarships work with your college, and submit a short bio for the printed awards program, our website, and your donors.

Finalized 2024 Scholarship Recipients Announced to District and Public
The official roster of 2024 ISF Scholarship recipients is released after all scholarships are claimed and confirmed.

The IISD Teacher, Staff, and Librarian Scholarship cycle is January 1 – 31, 2024.

Requirements and application are here. Recipients will be announced at Breakfast with the Stars May 1, 2024.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Dear Irving ISD Seniors,

Congratulations on your final year of high school! We hope 12th grade is rewarding, fun, and unforgettable for you, and we hope you are starting to think about college… because we are!

Irving Schools Foundation is gearing up for the next scholarship season with our donors creating or endowing dozens of scholarships being added to the more than 250 to be awarded at Breakfast with the Stars 2024. And, it will all happen within a new scholarship platform we’re launching this year. This portal will be your means of application and communication for all things scholarships.

EVERY graduating senior in Irving ISD is eligible, qualified, and encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

ISF SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY APPLICATIONS OPEN OCTOBER 9

We want seniors and their families to know what to expect, so we’ve prepared the 2023-2024 Irving Schools Foundation Scholarship Preparation Guide to give you a head start.

WHAT IT IS

The 2023-2024 Irving Schools Foundation Scholarship Preparation Guide is an informational packet containing all requirements for the Eligibility Application. When the scholarship portal opens, you fill out the Eligibility Applications one time, and the system compares your qualifications with the 250+ scholarships ISF manages for our donors who wish to award in 2024.

The Eligibility Application is the first of a two-part application process. It is, by far, the largest component, and we are giving you all the questions ahead of time.

WHAT IT IS NOT

The guide is in no way a scholarship application and cannot under any circumstances be submitted as such. It is simply an optional tool for your personal use and reference only. Completed Eligibility Applications and Scholarship Applications are accepted in two separate stages and only via the online application process within the portal.

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WHAT THE PREP GUIDE DOES

The packet tells you exactly what will be asked of you in the Eligibility Application phase – everything from where you went to school in third grade to what is your dream job after college.

It can be used either as a checklist or as a fillable form, where you can organize your answers now, giving you ample opportunity to confirm names, timelines, organizations, courses, application status, awards, etc. that will boost your history and help tell your story. We tell you what information to gather and how to organize it efficiently.

The guide can help you know ahead of time what questions you want to ask before the portal opens and where you may need guidance, giving you a chance to ask and get answers before you fill out the Eligibility Application.

It tells you word for word what are the six General Essay questions you will be asked in the Eligibility Application, giving you time to consider your thoughts, draft your answers, and work on how you want to write about yourself.

Prep Guide QR Tiger Code

HOW TO USE IT

Work on the form now, building a robust Eligibility Application by filling in the facts and working on your essay answers. When the online application opens, you have already done the heavy lifting. You can enter answers live or you can copy & paste from the packet; then, carefully proofread, submit your Eligibility Application, and relax while you wait for the email telling which scholarships are matches for you (this takes a week or two) because the biggest part is done.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THIS?

During the Matching process, the portal does the work assigning you to scholarships for which you qualify. Once you’re notified of matches and are back in the portal, you will see a menu showing your matching scholarships.

You must choose in your menu list the scholarships for which you want to apply.

There is no limit to how many of your matched scholarships you can apply for, and you have the option for each to decline (PRO TIP: We can’t think of any reason to decline!), but you must select each one and submit yourself as a candidate, confirming you would like to apply.

NOTE: If you do not select and acknowledge yourself as a candidate for a scholarship, it is considered a decline to apply and you will not be considered for that scholarship.

Some scholarships require nothing beyond selecting from the menu listing and submitting yourself as a candidate. Other scholarships may have a short essay question you will need to answer before submitting. EX: If you are matched with a scholarship named for the elementary school you attended, you may be asked to talk about your time there. If you listed a particular area of study for college, you may be asked why you want to pursue that career path. As with the General Essays, additional essays have a maximum count of 500 words.

WHAT TO KNOW

READ.
There is not a lot of text on the portal screens when you are working on the Eligibility and Scholarship applications, but what is there will help you navigate.
You can work on the applications in intervals, saving and returning later to continue, but you will not have Eligibility Application access after that portal closes nor will you have Scholarship Application access after that portal closes. There are plenty of alerts to make sure you are aware.

EMAIL.
Pay attention to your personal email; that is how all communication takes place.
If you do not have a confirmation email after submitting your Eligibility Application or your Scholarship Application, you did not submit. Always watch for these emails.
If you have no emails, you did not correctly input your email address — carefully proof your Profile to be sure all info is correct.
There may be scholarships for which you are a finalist, and your eligibility status depends on confirming/answering a question. EX: Confirming where you will attend college, or what will be your major, etc. If you do not answer the email and confirm within a reasonable time (typically 24 hours), opportunity goes to someone else.

DEADLINES.
Pay attention to all deadlines, most especially Eligibility Application submission and Scholarship Application Final Submission. The portal cannot accept submissions attempted after the deadline time stamp. Submit early and watch your email for the Final Submission confirmation.
If you do not submit a completed Eligibility Application before the deadline, you will not be an applicant in the Scholarship Application.

WHAT NOT TO THINK

Do NOT think you are not the scholarship type. ISF donors are offering more than 250 scholarships for 2024, and there is not a single graduating senior in Irving ISD who does not qualify for several dozen, at the very least.

Do not think there is any accomplishment not worth mentioning. Our donors are as unique as the scholarships they have created, and the criteria are diverse. There are no small details. If you can’t find a place to mention something that helps tell your story, make it part of the last essay question – that’s why we ask it.

WHAT NOT TO DO

Do not be lazy. This is not a text message telling someone what to pick up for you at the grocery store. Your application is a professional document, and it is your one shot at showing donors who you are and how much you care about their offer to help pay for your college education. The way you type in your information is exactly how it shows up on the front end, and it is a direct and memorable reflection of your work ethic.

Do not hurt your chances by filling out your name or other proper nouns in lower-case, using poor grammar, not proofreading, lacking punctuation, etc. It always looks bad for you, but there are also times it kicks back in our systems and doesn’t allow scholarship funds to be awarded (and there is always someone in line behind you who will accept it). You are given plenty of time to proofread — don’t risk it!

WHEN DOES ALL THIS HAPPEN?

ISF Scholarship season starts in early fall and lasts several months. Your part will be done before Winter Break, but there is a lot that happens after you submit.

8:00 a.m. CDT Monday, October 9, 2023 Eligibility Application Opens
You fill out the Eligibility Application. Changes cannot be made after final submission!

5:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday, October 31, 2023 Eligibility Application Closes
The portal cannot accept Eligibility Applications after 5:00 PM CDT.

November 6 – 21, 2023 Data Import and Matching
After importing data including grades and attendance, the system matches you to scholarships based on your Eligibility Application. This takes about two weeks and you will have no access other than viewing your Profile and Eligibility Application.

8:00 a.m. CST November 22, 2023 Scholarship Application Opens
You’ll receive an email telling you your matches are ready and you may now apply for scholarships. You select each scholarship from your menu and either apply or decline. If you do nothing, it is considered a decline to apply for the scholarship. This is the fast part of scholarship season!

5:00 p.m. CST December 15, 2023 Scholarship Application Closes
The portal cannot accept Scholarship Applications after 5:00 p.m. CST.

December 2023 – March 2024
Counselor review and confirmation, blind reviews, donor and sponsor reviews and selections, and ISF confirmations.

March 2024 – Award Email Announcements
Scholarship recipients are notified via email after Spring Break and begin process of claiming or declining awards.

Monday, April 15, 2024 MANDATORY Scholar Training at Irving High School Auditorium
All scholars will meet for Scholar Training. Along with a group photo and a quick video, this involves everything you need to know about your receiving your award, your scholarship funds, your donor contacts, and the Breakfast with the Stars award event. You must have your scholarship agreement completed in the portal to accept and be confirmed for the scholarship(s) offered. You will also learn about your donors and find out where/how to send thank you notes and updates, see details of how the scholarships work with your college, and submit a short bio for the printed awards program, our website, and your donors.

Finalized 2024 Scholarship Recipients Announced to District and Public
The official roster of 2024 ISF Scholarship recipients is released after all scholarships are claimed and confirmed.

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
Breakfast with the Stars
ISF donors are paying for you to attend Breakfast with the Stars for free, and they are paying for one parent/guardian to attend at half price. All other guests will be full price. In addition to you and your family & friends, you will see your donors, IISD educators and administrators who have watched you grow up and also played a big part of your selection as a scholarship recipient, the volunteers who gave their time to reviewing your applications, reading your essays, and recommending you for awards, and city officials and other community members. Location, time and date will be published here after final confirmation.

WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE

Counselors, Teachers, Administrators
The staff at your schools are an integral part of most every single thing ISF does, and that includes scholarships. If you have a question they cannot answer, they know who can and they will direct you.

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TaKeisha Campbell

Board Member

TaKeisha Campbell

Board Member

TaKeisha Campbell joined CoreLogic in 2003, where she has held multiple positions within the company such as Professional Accountant, Operations Supervisor and now as a Professional, Human Resources.  She is a part of the CoreLogic Connect team which consists of 4 Pillars, Live More, Play More, Learn More & Give More.  TaKeisha is the Chair of CoreLogic’s Give More Pillar, which helps to promote, organize, and facilitate volunteer and charitable giving opportunities that help people while fostering teamwork and connection in the workplace for over 1,800 employees at the Dallas Campus.  Through the Give More Pillar she has established multiple philanthropic relationships within the community and is driven to help others and drive engagement for all involved.   

TaKeisha currently holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Texas A& M University – Commerce and is pursuing her SHRM CP certification.

Elizabeth Kern

Board Member

Elizabeth Kern

Board Member

Elizabeth Kern serves as the Director, Supply Chain of Micropac Industries, Inc, an aerospace electronics manufacturer providing mission critical products to the space, aerospace, military, medical, and industrial markets.  In her role as Director, Elizabeth is responsible for all aspects of the supply chain including contract negotiations, disruption mitigation, production planning, source selection, and legal compliance.  Elizabeth supports employee development through mentoring, training, education and career coaching.

Elizabeth developed a passion for business as a young girl watching her parents build a thriving business.  Her core business values were established through watching her mother and father build and run a business, nurture their employees, help the community, all while balancing the challenges of raising a family.  She truly embraces a “win – win” philosophy, believing that in all aspects of life, success is measured in balancing one’s passion with the ambitions of others.

Elizabeth has progressed through increasing levels of responsibility supporting and managing purchasing, production planning, Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) implementations, and Government audits.

Elizabeth earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dallas, successfully presenting her team capstone project.

Elizabeth lives in Irving with her husband, Joel, and their two daughters.

Brian Summers

Board Member

Brian Summers

Board Member

Brian Summers has lived in Irving almost his entire life. He attended Brandenburg Elementary, Travis Middle School, and graduated from MacArthur High School.

Brian has worked for Consolidated Electrical Distributors since 2011. He’s been the owner of a  bartending service for more than 40 years and enjoys playing Santa Claus during Christmas holidays.

Vianey Mansoori

Board Member

Vianey Mansoori

Board Member

Vianey Mansoori is a former elementary and middle school educator who has lived in Irving for over 30 years.

Whether it be through her time spent tutoring students in the classroom or organizing student concerts as a board member of the Irving Symphony League, Vianey has spent time understanding the educational priorities and challenges of the Irving community.

As a volunteer and board member with the Irving School Foundation, Vianey is passionate about advancing educational and leadership opportunities for all students.

She has three daughters and enjoys traveling, reading, Yoga, and spending time with her family in her free time. 

Christine Kellogg

Board Member

Christine Kellogg

Board Member

Christine Kellogg is a vice president with Frost’s private banking group. She joined Frost in 2023 and has been in the financial industry for more than 15 years. 

Her responsibilities include helping clients navigate their sophisticated and diverse financial needs by developing a tailored plan and unique combination of services designed to protect and grow wealth to reach future goals.

Christine is a General Securities representative and an Investment Adviser Representative. She also holds her Texas General Lines for Life, Accident, Health and HMO and Property and Casualty insurance licenses.

Christine previously served as an ambassador for Junior Achievement and was an advocate for Project Cure in Houston, Texas. In addition to her work at Frost, she is an avid reader of all genres and enjoys writing. In fact, Christine published a young adult novel in 2013 and plans to have a second career in writing during retirement. She also enjoys trying new restaurants and loves suggestions on new places to try.

 

Teresa Villasenor

Office Manager

Teresa Villasenor

Office Manager

Teresa is a proud born and raised Texan. She attended schools in Arlington, TX and graduated from Lamar High School in 2001 (go Vikings!). She received a Professional Computer Secretary Diploma from Iverson Business School in 2002 and attended Tarrant County College where she earned her Associates Degree in Office Administration in 2007.

Before joining ISF in 2024, she worked for 20 years with the best firefighters in Texas (maybe the whole United States but we may be biased) here in Irving. She loves to meet new people and go to new places. Her favorite trips are her annual summer and winter road trips with her niece and nephew. Her free time is well spent with her wonderful family.

In her role with ISF, Teresa will serve many roles, including serving as your main point of contact for any questions or assistance you might have/need as a Board Member, so I know you will get to know her fast!

Ashley Mozek

Director of Operations

Ashley Mozek

Director of Operations

Ashley’s bio coming VERY soon!

Bethlyn Fisher

Programs Assistant

Bethlyn Fisher

Programs Assistant

Bethlyn is a native to the Wise County area and holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in Elementary Education from Tarleton State University.

Bethlyn comes to Irving Schools Foundation with a background in teaching. Prior to her time with ISF, she taught in Irving ISD at Elliott Elementary for 6 years. She also has experience in Irving ISD as a swim instructor for the district’s Swim Safe program. Bethlyn’s main passions include helping the community and teaching others.

Bethlyn lives in Bedford with her husband, Dillon, and 2 cats, Gadget and Gizmo. Her hobbies include swimming, reading, baking, crafting, exercising, and caring for her plant collection.

Bethlyn Fisher

Programs Assistant

Bethlyn Fisher

Programs Assistant

Bethlyn is a native to the Wise County area and holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in Elementary Education from Tarleton State University.

Bethlyn comes to Irving Schools Foundation with a background in teaching. Prior to her time with ISF, she taught in Irving ISD at Elliott Elementary for 6 years. She also has experience in Irving ISD as a swim instructor for the district’s Swim Safe program. Bethlyn’s main passions include helping the community and teaching others.

Bethlyn lives in Bedford with her husband, Dillon, and 2 cats, Gadget and Gizmo. Her hobbies include swimming, reading, baking, crafting, exercising, and caring for her plant collection.

Adriana Colunga

Development Manager

Adriana Colunga

Development Manager

Margie Stipes

Director Emerita

Margie Stipes

Director Emerita

Margie Stipes has been an Irving resident since 1955. She and her late husband, John, raised three children together, Randy, now deceased, Larry, and Stacie. Margie worked 30 years as a secretary at American Airlines, receiving the company’s Customer First Award.

She has been active in schools and the community, serving on several bond program committees and with the city’s Charter Review Committee. Margie was president of the Nimitz High School Booster Club for several years and has been a longtime member of both the Keep Irving Beautiful Board and the Irving Schools Foundation Board of Directors.

Margie’s accolades include the High Spirited Citizen Award, Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, Irving Schools Foundation Gala Award, and multiple local and national PTA awards for extended service. In 2014, she was inducted into the Irving Sports Hall of Fame. Margie is honored to be a namesake for IISD’s John and Margie Stipes Elementary School in south Irving.

Randy Randle

Board Member

Randy Randle

Board Member

Randy Randle is a lifelong resident of Irving. He attended Otis Brown Elementary School, Bowie Junior High School and graduated from Nimitz High School.  Randy attended The University of Texas at Arlington and received a Business Administration degree in accounting.

Mr. Randle has been married to Lynda for 28 years and has two sons who attended Irving Schools.  Randy has long been serving in leadership roles in both our schools and our community.  He has served as PTA fundraising chairman, Band Booster president and chairman of baseball concessions for the Booster Club.  Randy has served on two campus improvement committees and the District Improvement Committee.

Randy served on the Irving City Council for six years and was chairman of the finance committee. He also served as chairman of the City of Irving Bond Task Force.

Randy has attended the same church for 66 years and serves as a trustee, as well as chairman of the building committee.  Randy works in the family business, which has been in Irving for 60 years.

Andy Jones

Board Member

Andy Jones

Board Member

Andy is Vice President and Learning Experience Development Team Manager for Texas Capital Bank.

He has received the Volunteer of the Year Award at Texas Capital for the last two years. Andy continues to volunteer at the Resource Center Community Health Clinic (9 Years), the AT&T Performing Arts Center (6 years), Make a Wish Foundation (5 years), Oak Lawn United Methodist Church Administrative Board (1 year) and the Dallas Titans (9 years), a local softball team where he has coordinated raising over $120,000 to give back to the community in the form of back-to-school supplies, food for a local food pantry and sending children with cancer to summer camp.

Andy has a Masters Degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor Degree from Winthrop University.

Kitty Boyle

Board Member

Kitty Boyle

Board Member

Kitty has held many leadership positions throughout her 55 years in Irving, TX including founding and serving as past chair for the Community College Association for Texas Trustees. Kitty is presently Chair of the board for the Ranch Academy, a charter school, where she have served on the board since 1998.

All six of her children graduated from IISD as have five of Kitty’s grandchildren as well. In 2011, Kitty and her husband John were named the Irving High Spirited Citizens. Kitty has a genuine heart for the citizens of Irving and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Tracy McNeil

Secretary

Tracy McNeil

Secretary

Tracy McNeil is a Senior Sales Agent at Liberty Mutual Insurance/Comparison Insurance Agency. Prior, she retired from Enterprise Rent a Car after 27 years, with her achievements ranking her repeatedly in the top 10% nationwide.

In 2015, Tracy was voted Liberty Insurance Rookie of the Year for both Auto and Home. That same year, she joined ISF, serving on the Board of Directors before taking on the role of  Secretary of the Executive Committee. She has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House Charities for Children and has great passion for the youth in Irving ISD.

Roger Carbajal

Personnel Chair

Roger Carbajal

Personnel Chair

Shannon Brown

Chair Elect

Shannon Brown

Chair Elect

Shannon has been a member of the ISF Board since 2019, having previously held the position of Development Chair. He currently serves as the Chief Compliance Officer at CoreLogic, which has its largest office in Irving and is an established corporate partner of ISF.

Shannon has lived in the DFW area since 1995 and in his spare time enjoys traveling, boating, and tennis; he participates on a softball team that has raised over $150K for DFW charities over the past 11 years. While having no children of his own, Shannon is passionate about helping the Irving ISD students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

David Pfaff

David Pfaff

Chair Emeritus

David Pfaff

Chair Emeritus

Anne Pfaff

Chair Emerita

Anne Pfaff

Chair Emerita