Each year, the Collin College Engaged Employee SPIRIT Scholarship program raises money for student scholarship through employees purchasing various Collin College gear.

“The program is a fun way to involve employees across the district in helping our students achieve their academic goals,” said Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development Kim Davison.  “More than 900 employees have participated in the last three years, with a total of $15,000 being contributed toward an endowed scholarship, in addition to several annual scholarships.  We appreciate everyone’s participation.”

Recipients of the Collin College Engaged Employee SPIRIT Scholarship program this year included Keoni Holloman, Erika Prado and Shannay Alfred-Iyamu.

Holloman, of Plano, is studying mass communications and journalism. His aspirations include becoming a broadcast journalist  for CNN or MSNBC, a press secretary/campaign manager for the president of the U.S. or a communications director for an organization.

“Collin College has provided me with great honors and opportunities that I might not have been able to receive at a university,” Holloman said.  “Universities are so big that it can be easy to get lost in your first couple of years and not allow yourself a chance to truly get involved with your school. Collin College has been a better experience for me, and I will take these memories with me when I transfer.”

Prado, of Gunter, plans to continue her education at Collin College and aspires to become a counselor, psychologist or nurse because she enjoys helping others. She also actively gives of her time volunteering.

“I feel honored to receive the Engaged Employee SPIRT Scholarship, and I want to thank everyone for their generous financial support toward my education,” Prado said. “This scholarship will help me get a step closer to pursue my future career. I am going to work hard to accomplish all my dreams and goals.”

Alfred-Iyamu, of Carrollton, is studying respiratory therapy and and aspires to work in a local hospital in pediatrics.

“I’m very proud to attend a college with such a great reputation for success and with such a great staff that would provide funding so that myself and others can be awarded this scholarship,” Alfred-Iyamu said.

Visit the SPIRIT website to learn more or to order items.