To cap off the year, the foundation held a Perpetual Giving Tree Ceremony Thursday to present 2013 Fellows and to recognize new scholarships. Fellows and scholarships are recognized with engraved signs on a tree in the lobby of the district’s administration building.
The 2013 Fellows are Beth Bowman, Dana Bedden, Johnny Heard, Gary Schepf and Gladys Valchar, who was surprised with her fellowship. After 44 years of service to the district, Valchar has just retired.
New foundation scholarships include a HIPPY Academic Scholarship, an Irving Friendship Foundation Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Robert Pierce, a MarQualyne Farr Memorial Scholarship, a Mary Rudisell Honorary Scholarship and Mr. Pike’s Special Pals Scholarship.
New endowed scholarships include three from the Irving-Las Colinas Rotary Club-for Irving, MacArthur and Nimitz high schools; an Irving Friendship Foundation Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Robert Pierce; and a Dr. John F. Townley Scholarship.