Hendrick Scholarship Foundation

January/February Newsletter 2018


TASTE 2018

TASTE 2018 is the signature fundraiser for Hendrick Scholarship Foundation. For 25 years, it was known as TASTE of Elegance held at Southfork Ranch. Beginning in 2018, the party is moving to west Plano and will be hosted by Classic BMW located at Spring Creek Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:00pm.

TASTE is a party with a purpose - Serving Student Success for Life! Guests will gather to enjoy an exciting evening of music, cocktails, auction and more surrounded by the tastes of Plano’s premiere chefs and restaurants. Guests can purchase sponsored intimate lounge seating, table seating or individual party tickets.


  • Host Sponsor: Classic BMW
  • Dean's List: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
  • Honor Roll: Huffines Auto Dealerships, Legacy Texas, Melissa & Charles Mangum

TASTE welcomes, Kellie Rasberry, co-host of the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show and Plano resident as the Honorary Chair.

Rasberry is joined by community volunteer and Hendrick Scholarship Foundation Immediate Past Board President, Jean Callison, as Event Chair. Together Rasberry and Callison will help grow and expand the TASTE's audience and reach. We know these dynamic women will help raise awareness and funding to allow even more Plano ISD graduates the opportunity to attend college.

To find out more about Sponsorship opportunities, Silent Auction donations and ticket prices, please visit our website.


TASTE 2018 Restaurant Partners

  • III Forks Prime Steakhouse
  • Bavarian Grill
  • Butcher Board
  • Central Market
  • Knife
  • Mama Jenny's
  • Mi Dia
  • Roy's
  • Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill
  • Season's 52

New! Celebrity Honorary Chef John Tesar of Knife will join TASTE 2018 to present his latest concepts in Plano and support serving student success for life.

Student Achievement

Congratulations to the Hendrick Scholars who achieved recognition for their Fall 2017 academic performances.

DEAN'S LIST: Prethel Alam, Neema Mwithiga, Alfredo Galvan, Omar Gamboa-Trevizo

PRESIDENT'S LIST: Nelly Martinez, Alejandra Alanis, Giselle Arroyo

Mid-Year Reviews

Our Mid-Year reviews for the Hendrick Scholarship Students were conducted on January 9th through the 24th.

66 students participated in the reviews. Along with members of the Student Success Committee, Veronica Tobias (Hendrick Academic Advisor) met with each student individually to review Fall Semester performance and plan for Spring 2018. We are proud to report that our scholars had an average GPA of 3.034 for Fall 2017.

Thank you to the members of the Student Success Committee who volunteered their time to work with the students: Tom Donaldson (Committee Chair), Robin Garcia, Mary Ann Moon, Dr. La Tanya Thomas and Doug Willis.

Pictured to Right: Scholar Dejanay Green with her coach, Cyndy Pierson.

NBC 5 News features current Hendrick Scholar - Vincent Tu

Hendrick Scholar, Vincent Tu, was featured on NBC 5 with Kristen Dickerson for his career as a second generation watchmaker.

2017 Holiday Party Recap

On December 15th, Hendrick celebrated the amazing group of Hendrick Scholars home for the holiday break. The annual event brings together students, coaches, donors and volunteers to share the impact of Hendrick Scholarship Foundation. Students share about their recent semester and career goals.
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Student Spotlight - Giselle Arroyo

Giselle Arroyo joined our scholars for the 2016-2017 school year and is excelling in her second year at Collin College- Spring Creek Campus. She is majoring in education and is aspiring to further her education in academic administration. She is currently working for Plano ISD for the K-5 afterschool program PASAR.

When Arroyo applied for the Hendrick Scholarship, she explained:

"I have learned to set high standards for myself. Being in the program would not be a right, but a privilege I would get to represent not only myself but the Hendrick scholars as well. My ambition for greatness and my constant efforts to be better would be a great reflection on how students with this scholarship should work like. The aspirations of becoming a better person for myself as well as for my family push me forward to keep studying and keep succeeding."

Now that Arroyo is fully immersed in the program, she was excited to share:

"It has been a blessing to be brought into a welcoming environment. Hendrick has helped me achieve not only academic goals, but has also encouraged me to grow as a young adult, and for that, I am thankful. I'd like to give a huge thank you to all of those who have helped bring about the Hendrick Scholarship Foundation. They have no idea how much it means to a scholar, to have the opportunity to attend college, with such an amazing support group. The Hendrick staff is not only my guidance, they are friends."

Thank you, Giselle. We are very proud of you. Good luck with the Spring semester!

Board of Directors Annual Meeting Recap

Our 2018 Annual Meeting was a success. Thank you to Toyota North America and Chris Ingalls for hosting! Our Outstanding Individual Service Award was presented to Mary Jo Dean and our Outstanding Corporate Service Award was presented to Rusty Gentry of Toyota of Plano. Thank you both for all of your effort and energy that you put into the Foundation.

We would like to thank our outgoing board members, Mary Jo Dean, Eric Hartter, Justin Roche and Diane Wetherbee for their service with Hendrick Scholarship Foundation and support for our scholars.

HSF welcomes our new Board Members: Debra Benton, Chris Ingalls, Mike McCarter, Rikki Ragland, Mardy Sackley and Dr. La Tanya Thomas.

Two of our scholars, Alexandra Lee and Prethel Alam, also attended and spoke to the Board about their backgrounds, current college experiences and future career goals. We were all moved and are very proud of their accomplishments.

2018 New Board Members

A big welcome to our new Board Members. From left to right, new President Nancy Humphrey, Dr. La Tanya Thomas, Debra Benton, Mardy Sackley, Immediate Past President Jean Callison and Mike McCarter.

Not pictured: Rikki Ragland and Chris Ingalls

"A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special."

- Nelson Mandela