Fifteen Brown County high school seniors visited TexasBank in Brownwood Thursday morning and received scholarships of $1,000 each.
TexasBank presented the students with the scholarships through the James and Dorothy Doss Foundation. Greg Dodds, president and CEO of TexasBank, presented each student with a scholarship certificate at a reception in the students' honor, and talked with each student briefly about his or her plans.
TexasBank is gifting institutions with a total of $88,000 in scholarships through the foundation.
Institutions benefiting from the scholarships funds include Howard Payne University ($25,000), Tarleton State University ($25,000), Texas State Technical College Regents Circle ($5,000) and $33,000 to students graduating from high schools in Brown, Comanche, Eastland and Erath counties.
Dodds presented scholarship certificates Thursday morning to students from:
‒ Bangs — Katelynn Gotcher, Alek Mendoza and Payden Eason
‒ Brownwood — Haleigh Clevenger, Madi Gosch, Hunter Mares, Rylan Reagan and Cheyenne Stroope
‒ Blanket — Marki Kinkade
‒ Brookesmith — Chyna Allgood
‒ Early — Peyton Carey, Bri Mason and Carmen Atteberry
‒ May — Yadira Rodriguez
‒ Zephyr — Meadow Reynolds
"We're glad at TexasBank to be able to be in a position that we can provide these scholarships to you," Dodds said. " ... Hopefully by doing so we're leaving you guys with a good impression of Brownwood and of your communities and the surrounding communities."
Dodds told the students the hope is that they will "come back here some day. ... We want to keep the rural area of Texas vibrant, and we want to make it a place that you guys want to come home and raise your families some day."