Three 2022 Scholarship Recipients Awarded Four Years of College Tuition Plus Living Expenses
Updated: Aug 12
The Doug Miller and Don Sanders Scholarship (DMDS) Fund is pleased to announce the fund’s 2022 scholarship recipients: Alan Vasquez, Sidra Muntaha and Kiyan Maknojia. The fund has chosen these scholars out of a pool of more than 400 applicants. The fund has granted these scholars four years of college tuition and all living expenses, plus a semester abroad.
The DMDS Scholarship Fund was founded in 2019 by widows Colleen Sweeney and Kathy Butler to honor their husbands’ memories. The fund is dedicated to lifting disadvantaged students up - in a very different way from most other grant programs. Recipients are given everything to ensure success. Besides tuition, living expenses, and a semester abroad, the fund covers other necessities, such as laptops and software, books, dorm room design and decoration, clothing, meal plans, and health needs.
Alan Vasquez graduated from Sharpstown High School where he was in the top ten percent of his class with a 4.75 GPA. He was accepted at all Texas schools to which he applied and will be attending Texas State University this fall because of its robust support for first generation college students of which he is one. He is an avid soccer player. During the pandemic, he has worked two jobs, including a welding internship, to help support his family. He always searches for new things to do and learn, so he joined his school chess club and helped out with the senior yearbook.
Sidra Muntaha graduated from Dulles High School where she was in the top twenty percent of her class with a GPA of 3.9. She will be attending the University of Houston Honors College where she plans to study biomedical sciences. She came to this country at age nine and has flourished here. She has been very active in her school’s Miracle Club, which raises funds for Texas Children’s Hospital. In the past four years, that organization has raised $37,000 dollars for TCH and the organization’s sponsor says this absolutely could not have happened without her leadership. She is also a member of National Honor Society, HOSA, National English Honor Society, and she dedicates her Sundays to assisting at Sunday School.
Kiyan Maknojia graduated from Klein Oak High School where he was in the top ten percent of his class with a GPA of 3.64. In high school, he served as Senior Class President and was active in a variety of extra-curricular activities, including the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Rho Kappa, National English Honor Society and Math Honor Society. He will be attending the University of Texas at Austin where he plans to study electrical and computer engineering.
“What a wonderful opportunity it is for us to work with such exemplary young people,” said founder Kathy Butler. Founder Colleen Sweeney added, “These scholars have proven their ability to succeed in the face of numerous challenges. They are ready to take on the challenge of higher education and we are so happy to partner with them as they make this journey.”
ABOUT THE DOUG MILLER & DON SANDERS FUND
The Doug Miller & Don Sanders Scholarship fund provides Texas high school graduates the lifetime opportunity of advanced education free from financial worries or a lifetime of debt. Recipients are granted four-years of tuition, living expenses, and a semester abroad. For more information, please visit https://www.dmdsscholarship.org
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