This year, for the first time, Grassroots Meetings held in all 20 Education Service Center (ESC) regions across the state also included a special drawing among members of the TASB Risk Management Fund for a $500 student scholarship.
“We wanted to show our appreciation to Fund members while also celebrating and encouraging the students they serve with these scholarships,” said Dubravka Romano, associate executive director for TASB Risk Management Services. “Our work at the Fund is about supporting school districts with excellent products to mitigate and manage risk so that they can keep resources in the classrooms to serve their students. These scholarships help show that connection.”
The scholarship drawings added more excitement to the Grassroots Meetings, which are held during the first quarter of even-numbered years to help craft the TASB Advocacy Agenda, a list of statewide priorities that will guide TASB during the 2023 legislative session.
See photos of the scholarship winners
“I think our Fund members really appreciated having the scholarships added to the overall program,” said Dax González, TASB’s division director of Governmental Relations. “The Grassroots Meetings are all about shaping the larger policy discussions about public education and how we can help students succeed across the state, but these scholarships served to recognize what school leaders are trying to accomplish back home and to help some students in a very tangible way.”
How the winning districts award the scholarships to students is completely up to them, giving each district the opportunity to determine the best way to use the funds, no strings attached.
Beaumont ISD Trustee Matilda “Tillie” Hickman was thrilled when her district was selected in the random drawing of Fund members in attendance at the Region 5 Grassroots Meeting to receive the $500 scholarship.
When she shared the good news at the next meeting of her board, Hickman also committed to matching the scholarship, which prompted another match by the district’s executive director of Human Resources.
“It’s now grown to be a $1,500 scholarship and we’re talking about giving it to a student who’s planning to major in education,” she said. “The need for teachers is so intense and there’s so much competition in our area.”
In Leander ISD, which won the scholarship for Region 13, the plan is to award the funds to a graduating student who writes a winning one-page application about what ‘Student Voice” means to them. Trustee Anna Smith, whose name got drawn at the Grassroots Meeting, is working with her colleagues, Board President Trish Bode and Vice President Gloria Gonzales-Dholakia to review all the applications in collaboration with the high school counselors to select the winner.
“We will recognize the student who wins it at a May board meeting,” she said.
Below is a list of winning districts. Be sure to share photos of scholarships being presented to students on Twitter and Facebook and tag @tasbrmf and @tasbnews!
Region 1: Jim Hogg County ISD
Region 2: Gregory-Portland ISD
Region 3: Goliad ISD
Region 4: Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Region 5: Beaumont ISD
Region 6: College Station ISD
Region 7: Bullard ISD
Region 8: Cooper ISD
Region 9: Henrietta ISD
Region 10: Celina ISD
Region 11: Carroll ISD
Region 12: Axtell ISD
Region 13: Leander ISD
Region 14: Hawley ISD
Region 15: San Angelo ISD
Region 16: Hedley ISD
Region 17: Ralls ISD
Region 18: Kermit ISD
Region 19: Canutillo ISD
Region 20: Uvalde CISD