Four Eastfield students earn LeCroy awards

Staff Reports

Eight DCCCD students, four of whom attend Eastfield, have been named LeCroy Scholars for the 2014-15 academic year.

The students were chosen based on their commitment to leadership and academic excellence. Named in honor of the late Dr. R. Jan LeCroy, who served as the DCCCD’s chancellor from 1981 to 1988, the program pays for tuition and books for up to four semesters. It was the first major student recognition and incentive scholarship created specifically for the district.

Taryn Allen of Rowlett, a general studies major and a 2014 graduate of Sachse High School, plans to pursue a career in professional animation. In high school, Allen was an active member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society.

Michael Heggie of Garland, who is studying psychology, enrolled in college after years working in food service management while raising his son, who has autism, as a single father. His goal is to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology and work for youth mentoring programs.

Rachel Quiroga of Dallas plans to earn an associate’s degree in nursing in spring 2016 and become a registered nurse. After her husband was diagnosed with liver cancer and they were forced to sell their home, she set out to pursue her dream career in order to improve the lives of her husband and daughter.

Brian Weidinger of Rowlett, a general studies major, graduated from Rowlett High School in the top 20 percent of his class this spring. He was active in the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society and donated time to helping special needs students. His goal is to become a high school special education instructor.

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