$71,000 in scholarships set for approval by Killeen ISD school board

    20 KISD students to benefit from endowments

    that include gift from famed central Texas woman

    Twenty high school seniors scheduled to graduate from Killeen ISD schools this spring will share $71,000 in college scholarships under a plan set for approval by the school board Tuesday.

    The school board is expected Tuesday night to approve awarding the $71,000 for 20 deserving seniors to be used toward college tuition in the fall. The money comes from Killeen ISD college fund endowments which include the historic Parrie Haynes endowment, established 61 years ago in the name of the famed central Texas cattle rancher. The Haynes endowment will fund two $2,500 scholarships for KISD seniors this year.

    Husband and wife Allen and Parrie Haynes established their cattle ranch in central Texas around the turn of the 20th century. Through hard work and ranch-tough determination, they built a modest cattle empire by saving and living a frugal life, denying themselves luxuries. The result was the largest single ranching operation in this section of Texas. The Haynes were very fond of children, but were childless, so upon her death in 1957, Mrs. Haynes bequeathed $100,000 to the Killeen school district to fund scholarships. Those college opportunities are still being awarded by KISD in her name six decades later, and a KISD elementary school bears her name.

    Traditionally, the Parrie Haynes scholarships are awarded to students with “very high academic standing.” Recipients of the scholarship this year will be selected from the graduating classes of the current year from Killeen, Ellison, Harker Heights, and Shoemaker high schools.

    In addition to the Haynes scholarships, the school board is expected to approve Tuesday night, Feb. 13, these scholarships from Killeen ISD endowments:

    • Two $2,500 scholarships from the Franklin & Emily Pratt endowment;

    • Three $4,000 scholarships from the Maude Moore Wood endowment for students in great economic need;

    • 11 $4,000 scholarships from the Ira Cross, Jr. endowment;

    • Two scholarships of $2,500 each from the Amanda Ware endowment, awarded by the head cross country coach of Harker Heights High School each year.

    The Killeen ISD school board will meet in public session starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building, 200 N. WS Young Drive in Killeen.

    February 8, 2018

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