Twenty-four scholarship recipients in the class of 2018 were recognized during the annual TPS Celebration of Excellence on April 18. The students were selected based on an in-depth scholarship application. There were various scholarships awarded to students, with each recipient matching up to the scholarship’s intent.

Erica Halada, Executive Director of the TPS Foundation, greeted attendees of the Celebration of Excellence with an introduction that spoke to the importance that the TPS Foundation places on the wellbeing of students. There were 76 applications submitted for the 2018 scholarships, “but students are not just numbers,” Mrs. Halada said. “You are not a number. You each have a story. It is in each of your stories that our donors invest in.”

Hearing excerpts from the students’ essays shows how much wisdom they have at such a young age.

“Hard work is not only greatly appreciated, but greatly rewarded as well—whether it be a smile on someone’s face, a promotion, or simply the self-satisfaction of knowing you did the job well. Striving for greatness does not always have to be to gain material value, rather building character and not letting yourself down can be the greatest reward.”

Many students are facing battles and hurdles that others are not aware of, but they still show up to school every day and put in the work that will allow them to move on to college, a career and making an impact in the world. Perseverance is a part of their daily schedule.

“You can’t expect to get somewhere in life and to have some type of pathway to lead you where you want. I take on a challenge every day from the time I wake up to the time I close my eyes because I know at the end of each day, I’m one step closer to my future.”  

TPS Foundation Scholarships

The TPS Foundation is grateful for the ability to award scholarships to these exemplary students. A portion of the scholarships awarded by the Foundation are made possible through endowed funds gifted by individuals who have made it their legacy to create opportunities for students.

With the purpose of investing in the success of students, the TPS Foundation will continue to make an impact through funding programs that range from annual scholarships to student-run organizations.

If you’d like to learn more about what the TPS Foundation does, or how you can get involved in providing the tools students need for success, read through the following articles in our blog. You  may also contact TPS Foundation Executive Director Erica Halada at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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