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Gillis Foundation Pledges $320,000 in Bright Stars Scholarships
Apr10

Gillis Foundation Pledges $320,000 in Bright Stars Scholarships

The recipients and their families will be recognized at a reception from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Sulphur Springs Country Club. Media is invited to attend. Ten Hopkins County high school students will get life-changing awards Tuesday evening when they are announced as the recipients of the inaugural John and Deborah Gillis Foundation Bright Stars scholarships. Almost a third of a million dollars will be pledged to the Bright Stars...

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Como-Pickton Seniors Receive Over $210,000 In Scholarships
May27

Como-Pickton Seniors Receive Over $210,000 In Scholarships

More than $210,000 in scholarships were announced this week for Como-Pickton seniors during the annual Senior Night program at the school. Como-Pickton High School Class of 2021 graduate candidates also were recognized for academic achievements as well. The 10 students recognized for having the top cumulative averages were: Kaitlyn Morgan, valedictorian, 6.373 grade point averageLexi Busby, salutatorian, 6.144 GPADelane Baxley, 6.121...

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SSHS Students Receive More Than $3.1 Million In Scholarships, Awards
May23

SSHS Students Receive More Than $3.1 Million In Scholarships, Awards

Sulphur Springs High School seniors have received more than $3.1 million in scholarships and financial awards, which were announced during Thursday afternoon’s Senior Awards Ceremony. The 27 SSHS 12th graders ranked in the top 10 percent of the graduating seniors were also all recognized as UIL scholars. Nearly half of the amount announced Thursday, an estimated $1.5 million, went to students planning to enter the military....

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11 Students Recognized As 2020 Bright Stars Scholars
Jun12

11 Students Recognized As 2020 Bright Stars Scholars

Eleven Hopkins County residents were recognized Thursday evening as 2020 Bright Stars Scholars. The students were selected to receive scholarships from the John and Deborah Gillis Foundation to continue their education beyond high school. When John and Deborah Gillis established the foundation in 2018 their goal was give back to their hometown by providing scholarships to students who might not otherwise be able to pursue...

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Future Outlook Bright For 2020 Gillis Foundation Scholarship Recipients
Jun12

Future Outlook Bright For 2020 Gillis Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The applicants who applied to the John and Deborah Gillis Foundation for Bright Stars Scholarships were so impressive that only 0.02 of a point on the rating scale separated the 10th and 11th place finalists. When Executive Director Robin Shrode contacted John Gillis, he agreed an additional scholarship should be funded for another student, increasing the number of scholarships recipients in 2020 to 11. Awards and certificates for the...

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2020 Bright Star Scholars Announced
Apr24

2020 Bright Star Scholars Announced

The 2020 Bright Star Scholars recipients were announced this week for 11 Hopkins County seniors. Five recipients were selected from rural Hopkins County schools and six from Sulphur Springs ISD. North Hopkins senior Eastan Lewis, Saltillo senior Jocelyn Ochoa, Sulphur Bluff senior Ryan Vance, and Como-Pickton seniors Diana Gallegos and Mya Lewis were selected from among applicants from county schools for a Bright Star Scholarship. The...

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SSHS Seniors Awarded More Than $3.3 Million In Scholarships, Awards At Ceremony — Part 1
May17

SSHS Seniors Awarded More Than $3.3 Million In Scholarships, Awards At Ceremony — Part 1

More than $3.3 million in scholarships, military and other monetary rewards were presented to seniors at the Sulphur Springs High School Awards Ceremony Thursday evening, May 16, at SSHS Auditorium at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Top graduates, UIL scholars, students who have earned Medical Assistant Certifications, Forrest Gregg MVP and James Cameron Fighting Heart Award recipients were also recognized during the program....

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Cumby Seniors Awarded More Than $115,000 In Scholarships
Apr30

Cumby Seniors Awarded More Than $115,000 In Scholarships

Cumby High School 2019 scholarship recipients Cumby High School seniors took home more than $115,500 in scholarships, earned recognition for academic and extracurricular successes, and took time to honor special educators and adults who have made a lasting impact in their lives. Also honored during the program were high school students who made the honor roll, had perfect attendance, received class awards and earned recognition in UIL...

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10 Students From 5 Schools Named 2019 Hopkins County Bright Star Scholars
Apr17

10 Students From 5 Schools Named 2019 Hopkins County Bright Star Scholars

(From left) Faith Wheeler, Rhett Reid, Akayshia Smith, Landry Tyson, Maddie Millsap, Casey Bass, Maddy Ray, Amy Sprague, Nathan Valenzuela and Jennifer Lopez-Cervantes were all recognized for their selection by the John and Deborah Gillis Foundation as Hopkins County Bright Star Scholars Students from five county high schools were recognized Tuesday night as the very first Hopkins County Bright Star Scholars. Honorees include Akayshia...

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Video Presentation: The John and Deborah Gillis Foundation Presents Grants to Three County Schools
Feb26

Video Presentation: The John and Deborah Gillis Foundation Presents Grants to Three County Schools

Three Hopkins County School Districts received grants Tuesday morning at the Sulphur Springs Country Club. The grants were presented by the John and Deborah Gillis and Robin Shrode with the John and Deborah Gillis Foundation. (See video below) In August, 2018, John and Deborah Gillis announced the largest private educational initiative ever undertaken in Hopkins County with the formation of the John and Deborah Gillis Foundation which...

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