Junior League announces scholarship awards to 10 female high school seniors


Junior League of Dallas has awarded $4,000 scholarships to 10 female seniors at Emmett J. Conrad and Thomas Jefferson high schools through its Women LEAD scholarship program. One of several Junior League programs that benefits Dallas ISD students, LEAD is an acronym for Learn, Excel, Achieve, Dream. The annual scholarship program is open to seniors at Conrad, Jefferson and South Oak Cliff high schools. Seniors submit applications in December, and 10 finalists are named in March and invited to prepare and present speeches to the scholarship committee, which names the winners.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the organization was forced to cancel the finalists’ speech presentations and decided instead to award scholarships to all 10 finalists.  In announcing the awards, Junior League spokeswoman Audrey Cho congratulated the finalists. “Given the current situation and technology constraints, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the speech competition and split the scholarship money evenly between the 10 finalists,” she said.

“I have honored been to work with you these past months and we’re already looking forward to a successful 2020-2021 award season.”

The winning scholarship recipients are:

Emmett J. Conrad High School

  • Aileen Garcia
  • Kaliah Sherrod
  • Ilfunanya Okey Ilo
  • Noora Hagar
  • Rahmo Bare
  • Rebecca Alvarado

Thomas Jefferson High School

  • Hedy Gutierrez
  • Liliana Romero
  • Marysol Ortega
  • Marcela Landin

The mission of Women LEAD is to assist female high school students to pursue their dreams of higher education. Since its inception, the program has awarded 32 scholarships totaling more than $185,000 to seniors at Conrad, Jefferson and South Oak Cliff high schools.

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