Texas Community Offers Every Child a College Scholarship

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One community in Texas really wants to make sure no child is left behind. Castle Hills, a community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, plans to provide every resident’s child in the community with a scholarship if they attend college. To make sure the community’s youngsters are ready for college, Castle Hills is also providing educational grants to local elementary, middle and high schools (both public and private) that serve the suburban community.

One community in Texas really wants to make sure no child is left behind. Castle Hills, a community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, plans to provide every resident’s child in the community with a scholarship if they attend college. This year, 38 students are taking advantage of the program attending schools all over the country. “We are not aware of any other community anywhere that makes this level of commitment to education,” said Chris Bright, developer of Castle Hills.

To make sure the community’s youngsters are ready for college, Castle Hills is also providing educational grants to local elementary, middle and high schools (both public and private) that serve the suburban community. To date, the Castle Hills School Foundation has awarded more than $1.1 million in funding for local schools and scholarships.

Castle Hills is a 2,500-acre community located in Denton County, just north of Dallas, which has 1,200 developed lots and currently more than 900 occupied homes. The Castle Hills Schools Foundation was created to provide additional support by contributing annually to the schools that serve Castle Hills’ students. The foundation also provides college scholarships, regardless of income, to Castle Hills’ college students. Started in 1997, the foundation is funded by a one-half of one percent fee on the transfer of all property sold in Castle Hills.

In 2004, the foundation awarded scholarships totaling $68,000 to students attending colleges throughout the United States. The foundation awards up to $2,000 a year to students who receive passing grades. Each student can receive a maximum of $10,000 over a five year period.

“We have two children in college at the same time so the Castle Hills Scholarship is a great benefit,” said Renee Mears, mother of Travis and Ashley. “That means we can receive up to $4000 per school year in reimbursement and all we have to do to qualify is live in Castle Hills. We are really proud that Castle Hills places so much emphasis on the importance of education.”

This year, the foundation will award $300,000 to public and private elementary, middle and high schools that serve the Castle Hills community. Schools receiving the grants include four schools in the local Lewisville Independent School District as well as private schools in Dallas and Dallas suburbs.

The foundation will contribute approximately $430 for each student whose family lives in Castle Hills to the public or private school that student attends. The grants this year went to 11 schools and range from $125,751 to $858.

The Castle Hills Foundation will be presenting checks to the schools on Thursday, March 10, 2005, 2:00p.m. at Castle Hills Elementary School, 1025 Holy Grail Drive, Lewisville, TX 75056.

Contact Information:

David Margulies (214) 368-0909

Margulies Communications Group

P: (214) 368-0909

F: (214)692-5959

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