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Dallas, Texas Twenty-One North Texas high school seniors received academic scholarships from the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation and its supporters at the 2021 Annual College Scholarship Reception. These scholarships are renewable over four years. “This is such a special time for the YMCA Foundation, because it is a chance to see that our future is in great hands with the remarkable young people that we are recognizing and supporting.” said Charlie Myer, President of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation. Annually, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation provides over $150,000 in support of students in colleges and universities.

Funds for the scholarships are made possible through, the Carl B. and Florence E. King and the F.W. and Bessie A. Dye Foundations. These funds were given to the Dallas Y’s Foundation to provide post-secondary scholarships for local youth subject to certain items and conditions. YMCA Scholarships along with the King and Dye Scholarships are distributed to students who demonstrate the desire to attend and complete college. Scholarships are awarded based on motivation, achievement, and financial need. Also considered are high school grades, college entrance exam scores, and community involvement.   

"I have been involved with this program for over 10 years, and the reason I keep coming back, as well as many of the other volunteers, is because these scholars inspire us. We have seen in each one of them have a passion and commitment to become the best versions us themselves. It has been an honor getting to know these scholars through the scholarship interview process, and I look forward to watching them excel in the next chapter of their life.” said Mark Lewis, chairman of the Dallas YMCA Scholarship Committee.

Students awarded scholarships and selected schools are as follows: 

Gabriella Castillo-Martinez

Kirti Chamkura

Kaelon Christle 

Martina D’Orso 

Haven Emery

Isaac Euceda 

Vivienne Garner

Erin Juarez

Kylie Lees 

Latae Martin 

Reice McCowan 

Marie McGrew 

Ariana Palomo

Darian Payervand

Araceli Sena-Ayala

Tavia Shead

Kylie Wagner 

Jack Waterman

Braden Wills 



About the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation

The first gift to the Endowment Fund was made by E.R. Brown, Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors from 1919-1934. The will of Mr. Brown established a Trust to pay the YMCA and his church $1,000 annually for maintenance, upkeep and operation.  In the intervening years, many gifts have been received from those with similar interests for the perpetuity of the mission and growth of the YMCA’s service to youth and families of the greater Dallas area.

In 1995, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation was chartered as a Texas non-profit corporation to manage the investments and distribution of the endowment of the YMCA Foundation. A majority of the scholarships awarded to the students are from the F.W. & Bessie A. Dye Foundation Scholarship fund and the remaining scholarships are funded through community gifts and donated gifts to the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation.

About the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas serves thousands of men, women and children each year, regardless of age, income or background. Anchored in 21 North Texas communities, the Dallas Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y ensures all people have equitable access to the essentials needed to become thriving members of the community. Daily, the Y bridges and fills individual and community needs as a catalyst for impactful change. The YMCA makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, with three areas of focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. To learn more or get involved in improving our local communities, have opportunities to make an impact and support your neighbors, please visit us at

Authored by: cmccauley