The trustees of the M.E. Singleton Scholarship Trust have announced that they have awarded 46, $8,000 scholarships to high school seniors in communities served by Citizens National Bank of Texas, the administrator of the trust.

A total of 88 applicants were interviewed, with scholarships being granted on a basis of financial need, the determination to excel in college and the ability to attain a degree within four years.

Through 2007, the M.E. Singleton Scholarship Trust has bestowed 461 scholarships totaling $1,654,000.

There are currently 79 scholarship recipients enrolled in various colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

“Since 1952, the M.E. Singleton Scholarship Trust has assisted students, a number of whom could not afford a college education, to earn degrees and make a contribution in medicine, law, education, finance and numerous other fields. Many have returned to their roots in Ellis County and made a difference,” said Mark Singleton, president and CEO of Citizens National Bank of Texas. “The scholarships have not only helped 461 seniors seeking a college education over the past 55 years, they have made all of our lives better because what was gained by those students is being returned to us every day,” Singleton said.

In 1930, Colonel Marvin E. Singleton became Chairman of the Board of Citizens National Bank in Waxahachie.

To honor their father, the children of Colonel Singleton established the M. E. Singleton Scholarship Trust in 1952.

In 1996, the Shannon Elizabeth Singleton Memorial Scholarship was established in remembrance of the great-granddaughter of Colonel Singleton.

“Beginning in the early 1900s, my great grandfather instilled in all people associated with the bank that a hometown bank must give back to the communities it serves. Today, we have more than 200 working with CNB of Texas that contribute over 15,000 volunteer hours every year, primarily in youth and education programs. The scholarship and dedication to community service are legacies that have a long tradition,” said Singleton.

For more information, go to www.singletongscholarship.org.

Rodney Leshay Cooper Jr.

Rodney Leshay Cooper Jr. is a graduate of Red Oak High School. He is the son of Rodney Sr. and Yolanda Cooper and plans to attend Kansas Wesleyan University and double major in communications and broadcast journalism/film/radio.

Cooper’s awards, activities and accomplishments include receiving the Red Oak High School PTSA scholarship and the Kansas Wesleyan memorial academic scholarship and football award; varsity football, three years; attending church of God in Christ Summer Youth Conferences; volunteering for his school, church, community and other organizations; receiving the Outstanding Student of America Certificate and the President’s Award for Educational Excellence; named Red Oak offensive player of the year and most outgoing in his senior class and trusting God’s will through injury and making it through school without giving up.

Tasha Cannedy

Tasha Cannedy is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Jeff and Teresita Cannedy and plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in nursing.

Cannedy’s awards, activities and accomplishments include winning the silver medal in state solo and ensemble UIL for her choir solo; placed in other UIL events including ready writing and literary criticism and ranked ninth in her graduating class. She hopes to travel around the world and write a best-selling novel.

Melody Haynes

Melody Haynes is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Chett and April Haynes and plans to attend the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.

Haynes’ awards, activities and accomplishments include most likely to succeed, senior class president, graduating in the top 10 percent of her class (ranked No. 11) and a member of the National Honor Society.

Dyann Lynn Lopez

Dyann Lynn Lopez is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Beatriz Perez and Flavio Lopez Jr. and plans to attend Southwestern University and major in biology.

Lopez’ awards, activities and accomplishments include National Hispanic Scholar and recipient of Dixon and Cody scholarships offered by Southwestern University.

Nuri Jurado Mahmood

Nuri Jurado Mahmood is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Mohd. Amin and Rosaura Mahmood and plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in microbiology.

Mahmood’s awards, activities and accomplishments include four-time UIL current events regional qualifier, 2005 Ruta Quetzal winner and AP scholar.

Erica Muhammad

Erica Muhammad is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Joane Muhammad and plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and double major in psychology and business.

Muhammad’s awards, activities and accomplishments include the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, ROHS Citizenship Award and Who’s Who Among American High School Students.

Kristin Petrichenko

Kristin Petrichenko is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Nick and Mary Petrichenko and plans to attend Texas Tech University and major in restaurant, hotel and institutional management.

Petrichenko’s awards, activities and accomplishments include the National Honor Society, seven-year Destination Imagination participant and being a frequent recipient of superior ratings at UIL solo and ensemble.

Daniel Rodrigues

Daniel Rodrigues is a graduate of Red Oak High School. He is the son of Orlando Rodrigues and Mary Rodrigues and plans to attend the University of North Texas and major in music Education.

Rodrigues’ awards, activities and accomplishments include being a member of the 2007 4A all-state band (trumpet), receiving the highest possible rating at the 2006 State Solo and Ensemble competition and being certified in Microsoft Word.

Alicia Marie Suarez

Alicia Marie Suarez is a graduate of Red Oak High School. She is the daughter of Rick and Cindy Suarez and plans to attend the University of Texas and major in pharmacology.

Suarez’ awards, activities and accomplishments include being a National Honor Society Officer, an HEB Partner of the Month, Renaissance Club officer and serving as a youth leader and peer monitor at St. Joseph Catholic Church.