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Investing in the future

Highland Springs residents award scholarships to student employees

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August 28th, 2017
Julia Bogden is one of four student employees in dining services at Highland Springs to receive a four-year scholarship for higher education.

Julia Bogden is one of four student employees in dining services at Highland Springs to receive a four-year scholarship for higher education.

 

School is back in session, and thanks to the generosity of Highland Springs community members, four students are getting a hand with the costs of higher education.

Each year, Highland Springs residents raise money for the Scholars’ Fund, which provides scholarships for the student wait staff who work in the community’s on-site restaurants. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must work a minimum of 1,000 hours at Highland Springs and maintain good academic and professional standing.

The value of each scholarship is $8,000, paid directly to the student’s institution for higher education over four years.

This year, Highland Springs community members donated over $42,000 to the Scholars’ Fund during the annual fundraising campaign in May.

“We had a very successful campaign,” says Helen Adele Johnson, chairperson of the scholarship committee and a retired teacher from Richardson Independent School District. “We have generous residents who believe in the value of education and want to help our young people.”

Life lessons

Joyce Cates, general manager in dining services, witnesses the unique relationship between residents and the student waitstaff daily.

“I think what makes the relationship between our residents and students special is when they each choose to follow the mutual paths of being kind, not judging, and having respect for each other,” says Cates. “They come to the restaurants with different ideas, perspectives, and experiences. By getting to know each other and sharing their experiences, they develop meaningful relationships.”

Scholarship recipient Julia Bogden first learned of employment opportunities at Highland Springs when she saw an advertisement at her school, Richardson High School, publicizing the job and its benefits.

Bogden will be attending Collin County Community College this fall with a major in accounting and a minor in marketing.

“Working at Highland Springs has taught me that you don’t have to be perfect the first time,” says Bogden. “You’re always developing and getting stronger. It’s a learning process.”

More growth on the horizon

With four dining venues already open at Highland Springs and one more scheduled to open in 2018, the number of students eligible for scholarships will increase in coming years.

“The future of our students is bright,” says Cates. “We have 26 new students in training at Highland Springs, and they’re already making quite an impression.”

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