Gayle Hawkins of Waxahachie and a member of the Waxahachie High School Eastside Class of 1973 presented Dominique Carson and Gennard Johnson each with a $500 scholarship to help further their education.

Carson, a 2013 graduate of WHS said receiving this scholarship means a lot to her and will help her achieve her future goals.

Im planning to attend Navarro College in Corsicana in the fall, Carson said. I will be majoring in psychology and this scholarship is going to help me reach my goal of helping others.

Her main passion is helping others get through issues in their lives, and she believes becoming a counselor is going to allow her to help many people.

Gennard Johnson, who received a football scholarship to Southern Nazarene University said receiving this additional $500 is going to come in handy.

Even though I have an athletic scholarship, I will definitely be able to put this money to good use, Johnson said. Im not sure what Im going to put it toward, but Ill find something.

As he looks ahead, Johnson said he is looking forward to going to a Christian school, and being in a positive environment.

Im really excited about going to a Christian college, he said. I think Ill be able to really focus on my studies without too many distractions.

Johnson plans to major in kinesiology with a minor in history. He said he doesnt just want to be a physical education teacher, but he wants to teach history and minister to children through coaching.

Im very big on teaching others about God, Johnson said. I take my relationship with God very seriously and want to help others get there.

Hawkins said they had three students apply for the scholarships, but they chose Carson and Johnson because of their desire to want to help the Waxahachie community.

These particular students were chosen for the scholarship because of their love for this community, Hawkins said. In each of their essays they both expressed a desire to come back and assist those who live here. That really stood out to us.

She add that with these scholarships they can further their education and become successful citizens in the town of Waxahachie, or wherever their endeavor takes them.

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