FWISD Boss Bankrolls Scholarships

Superintendent donates pay raise

By Deborah Ferguson
|  Monday, Mar 1, 2010  |  Updated 12:45 PM CDT
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FWISD Boss Bankrolls Scholarships

Dr. Melody Johnson joins the TCU Reading Frogs at the “Fall in Love with Reading” Festival.

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Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Melody Johnson is giving up thousands of dollars of her own salary to help students pay for college.

"It is an honor for me to fund this scholarship and reward deserving young people who are working hard to better themselves," said Dr. Johnson in statement. "Those are the young people who will pay it forward by contributing to others with the kind of aid and support they have themselves been given."

The idea for the Superintendent's Scholarship Fund came last year when Johnson got a pay raise. 

"The Board of Education voted for minimal raises for others in the district but she (Johnson) has a separate contract. She didn't feel right about taking the money, so she decided to develop the fund," explained FWISD spokesman Clint Bond. 

When her father died last summer, Johnson requested that anyone wishing to honor him do so with a donation to the fund.

The fund has $5,000 and applications are now being accepted.

The directors of the fund may give it all to one student or divide it. The scholarships are available to FWISD seniors who have at least a GPA of 3.0, demonstrate a commitment to personal growth and service to others and have a financial need.

The deadline to apply is March 31.  Get information and the application at the district's Web site.

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