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The Temple Education Foundation announces the 2020-2021 Distinguished Alumni Honorees: local philanthropist, Allison Dickson; dedicated educator, Cornelius Carl “C.C.” Sampson, and NBA star, Brian Skinner

Due to Covid-19, TEF has postponed the Annual Distinguished Alumni Event until sometime in the spring. Despite the delay of the event, the Temple Education Foundation hopes to celebrate the Distinguished Alums all year long.

Allison Dickson, Temple High School class of 1998, has not only overcome many obstacles in her life, she has triumphed over them. Diagnosed with Werdnig-Hoffman Muscular Dystrophy when she was 15 months old, she was given only a year to live. Not one to let physical limitations hold her back, she graduated third in her class from Temple High School, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Southwestern University, and first in her class from Baylor Law School where she was recognized as the Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year in 2017. Since her return to her hometown of Temple following law school, Allison has been an active community volunteer and philanthropist. In five years she has created and fully endowed through community fundraising three scholarships: The Allison Dickson Delta Delta Delta Scholarship at Southwestern University, The Allison Dickson Baylor Law School Scholarship, and The Allison Dickson Temple Proud Scholarship through the Temple Education Foundation benefitting a Temple High School Senior who will attend Temple College. Affectionately nicknamed “Temple’s Sweetheart,” Allison inspires others daily through her positivity, faith, and determination. TEF is so proud to call her one of our own.

Temple High School Class of 1970 becomes the first class ever to endow a scholarship with the Temple Education Foundation

Temple High School Class of 1970 becomes the first class ever to endow a scholarship with the Temple Education Foundation
The Temple Wildcats Class of 1970 has given an endowed scholarship to the Temple Education Foundation to celebrate their 50th Class reunion. An unprecedented amount is being given to the Temple Education Foundation and it is the first-ever whole-class endowed scholarship established for TEF.

Ms. Ann Dunn, Class of 1970, generously gave the initial gift in memory of a classmate, Dr. Bob Pappas. Her generous gift set the stage for other classmates to join in with her to establish an endowed scholarship with the Temple Education Foundation. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Class of 1970’s 50th reunion has been postponed until sometime in 2021. Patrick Mullins, the Class of 1970 Class President, feels certain that significant additional funds will be raised despite not having the opportunity to gather as a class.

Temple Education Foundation Awards over $115,000 in Scholarships to Temple High School Graduating Seniors

On Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. Temple High School hosted a virtual Awards Ceremony to announce the Class of 2020 scholarship recipients. Along with scholarships sponsored by the high school were 42 general, named, and endowed scholarships made possible through the Temple Education Foundation (TEF). TEF’s mission is “maximizing opportunities for all students in the Temple Independent School District.” Through year-long fundraising efforts such as the fall’s Distinguished Alumni event and the TISD Staff Giving Campaign, TEF was able to award over $115,000 in scholarships to Temple High School’s Class of 2020.

TEF Hosts the Academic Recognition Event Honoring THS Top 20% and Favorite Teachers

On March 2, 2020, the Temple Education Foundation hosted the 2020 Academic Recognition Celebration at the Western Hills Church of Christ. This event honors the top 20% of Temple High School’s graduating class. Students were informed about this recognition in small meetings with the TEF Program Committee chair, Rebekah Little. At this meeting, the students were asked to submit the names of three of their favorite teachers throughout their time in Temple schools.  The students also turned in individual letters to each of their three chosen teachers, which were given to the teachers at the Ceremony. The letters are special mementos that the teachers keep to remind them of the impact they had on their students.  “The event was like a family reunion, no one seemed to want to leave,” said TEF Chairperson, Becky Montgomery. Some of the teachers honored had not seen their students since elementary school-days, while others go to class or practice with their honored teacher every day at Temple High. It was a special night to recognize a special group of students and teachers.

The Callaway Foundation gifts addition funds, totaling $40,000 for 2020 scholarships

The Temple Education Foundation (TEF) was presented with $26,000 from the Callaway Foundation at the Temple Education Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Event this past October. This money, along with other funds from a previous scholarship from the Callaway Foundation, will be awarded to 2020 Temple Independent School District (TISD) graduating seniors.  A total of eight $5,000 scholarships will be given to high school students pursuing some element of secondary education.

J. L. and Bonnelle Callaway created the Foundation in July of 2002, one year before each of their deaths.  The Callaways formed the Foundation to enhance the futures of high school graduates and to help students realize their dreams.  J. L. Callaway worked for McLane Company in Temple for more than 55 years as one of its key senior executives.  The Foundation is administered by Kevin Koch and wife, Hope, an associate professor of Information Systems at Baylor University.

In the spring, the Callaway Foundation scholarships and around 30 other general TEF, endowed, named, and pass through scholarships will be given to THS Class of 2020 students.

2019 Distinguished Alumni Event raises nearly $160,000

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, The Temple Education Foundation (TEF) hosted the annual Distinguished Alumni Event, honoring four individuals who have made significant contributions to the Temple community and the students and families of TISD.  Honored that evening were Mr. Thomas Baird (Temple High School, class of 1971), Dr. Sonjanette Crossley (Meridith-Dunbar High School, class of 1968), Mrs. Dorothy Powell (Dunbar High School, class of 1949), and Mr. Wendell Williams (Temple High School, class of 1966). 

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