Darryl Davis "Follow Your Heart" Scholarship

Funded by
Davis family
Learn more about the Donor
1 winner every 1 year
Next Application Deadline
Sep 11, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Oct 15, 2021
Education Level

A wonderful member of our family, Darryl Wayne Davis, passed away on September 11, 2019.

One thing we will always remember about Darryl was his love for God, his family, and his friends. He also loved to sing, and Darryl never missed an opportunity to use his God-given talents anywhere he could. Our family has a long history of singers, including our dad who was in a Christian gospel group for 25 years.

Through his singing and contribution to the community, Darryl was a glimmer of light in our lives and the lives of many others. Above all else, he followed his heart for God and inspired others to do the same.

To honor Darryl's enthusiastic spirit and loving legacy, we created the Darryl Davis "Follow Your Heart" Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded annually to one student who is pursuing their dreams with their full hearts.

The scholarship is open to undergraduate students in any field of study. While not required, a passion for singing, a history of giving back to your community, and involvement with church is a plus.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Connection, Community Service, Ambition, Drive
Essay Topic

Tell us a little more about you, your goals, and how you plan to pursue them. What do you hope to achieve in life? What excites you most about this world? How do you plan to give back to others and your community?

150–750 words

Winners and Finalists

October 2021

Ethan Donnell
Sterling High School
Baytown, TX
Hailey Renfro
Winters High School
Winters, TX
Ayanna Wilson
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX
Harry Sirianni
Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center
Derry, PA
Dalee Sullivan
College of Charleston
Alpine, TX
Abigail Sarinana
Richland Community College
Mesquite, TX
Abigail Roque
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Belton, TX
brandi potter
Grand Canyon University
Arlington, TX
Ibukunoluwapo Adedeji
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX
Rawan Tarabeh
Belton H S
Killeen, TX
Alexandria Nguyen
The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX
Annabelle Roycroft
Texas Woman's University
Longview, TX
Jessica Henry
Galveston College
Galveston, TX
Juliana Vargas
The University of Texas at Austin
Converse, TX
Mackinzie Whitlock
East Central High School
San Antonio, TX
Sierra Spohn
Cedar Ridge High School
Round Rock, TX
Cheyenne Tharp
Earl Warren High School
San Antonio, TX
Alyssa Garcia
Texas A & M University-College Station
College Station, TX
Madelyn Karstedt
Fayetteville High School
La Grange, TX
Madison Lewis
Hardin-Simmons University
Abilene, TX
Emma Humes
the colony highschool
The Colony, TX
James Le
Lakeview Centennial H S
Garland, TX
Vina Nguyen
Texas Woman's University
Spring, TX
Orlyana Tantchou
Loretto Academy High School
El Paso, TX
Ryan Landa
Texas A & M University-College Station
College Station, TX
Savannah Young
Central High School
Lufkin, TX
Bethany Rodriguez
Del Mar College
Corpus Christi, TX
Adam Rodriguez
Austin Community College District
Austin, TX
Kylie Anderson
Hendrickson H S
Pflugerville, TX
Chase Matous
Allen High School
Allen, TX
Kori Brown
Richland Collegiate High School
Dallas, TX
Taylor Tarver-Swanson
Klein Forest High School
Houston, TX
Rachel Patterson
Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, TX
Katarina Andiel
Yorktown Education
Frisco, TX
Alexah Fite
Rockwall-Heath H S
Fate, TX
John Gilbert
Forney H S
Forney, TX
Emily Clark
Texas State University
Corpus Christi, TX
Valerie Rodriguez
Idea College Preparatory Pharr
Pharr, TX
Sydney Reed
iUniversity Prep
Boerne, TX
Breanna Ross
School Of Science And Engineering
Dallas, TX
Belen Evans
Cristo Rey Jesuit
Houston, TX
Bonnie Horn
Wylie High School
Abilene, TX
Meba Wondwossen
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Maria Garcia
The University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Jesus Barron
The University of Texas at El Paso
Horizon City, TX
Destiny Rajkumar
Cypress Woods High School
Cypress, TX
Luke Stein
University of St Thomas (TX)
Spring, TX
Kamdyn Edwards
Houston Community College
Stafford, TX
Emily Oehler
Baylor University
Austin, TX
Katie Stone
Eastfield College
Mesquite, TX
Payton Christophersen
Rivercrest High School
Clarksville, TX
Josephine Falode
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Richmond, TX
Heaven Taylor-Barksdale
Lee College
Baytown, TX
Camille Harrell
Clear Lake High School
Houston, TX
Jackie Jimenez
West Texas A & M University
Amarillo, TX
Addison Lueck
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Spring Branch, TX
Naw Nge
Palo Duro H S
Amarillo, TX
Madeline McKnight
Mississippi State University
Jasper, TX
Anah Torres
Franklin High School
El Paso, TX
Celine Liu
Vincent Massey Secondary School
Windsor, CA
Matthew Oviedo
Texas Christian University
San Antonio, TX
Carol Tidwell
Chamberlain University-Illinois
Houston, TX

Winning Application

Laney Scott
McLennan Community CollegeWaco, TX
My professional goal is to have a career in the medical field. Ever since I can remember, I have had the desire to be in the medical field and have a profession meant for helping people. My mother and father both originally majored in medicine, but eventually changed to a different major still within the medical field. My parents are such role models in my life, and I want to follow their example. After much research, I have decided to pursue a degree as a Physician Assistant. My college undergraduate major is Pre-Physician Assistant. I want to obtain my bachelor’s degree with a competitive resume and then continue my education in a Physician Assistant Master’s program. This degree is high in demand and continues to grow every year. As a Physician Assistant, I will seek employment at community clinic where I will be able to make a difference in people’s lives and truly love what I do. The fact that a PA is in high demand, has good job security and great pay is just a bonus. I have taken many steps academically and personally to achieve my goals. I have completed a challenging academic high school career, including all honors science and math courses. Pursuant to a medical degree, I am currently taking Honors Anatomy and Physiology. During my junior and senior year, I also took additional math and science courses. In addition to honors courses, I also completed dual credit and AP courses to earn college credit and prepare me for a college curriculum. At Saint Louis University, I have applied to the Physician Assistant Honors program. This program has a specialized curriculum that ensures enrolled students receive all necessary courses and work experience in preparation for their Master's program. Students in this program are guaranteed acceptance into Saint Louis' PA Master's program. Outside of academics, I have volunteered at many places in my community, including the Veteran's Hospital and Lake Shore Retirement Center, to familiarize myself with patient care. I felt a real connection to the veterans and the geriatric population; I enjoyed being a part of their recovery. During my academic career, I ascertained many essential skills vital to achieving my career goals. Being an officer of my high school dance team over the last three years developed many of those skills. Dance has taught me leadership, independence, discipline, teamwork, dedication, focus, communication and self-discipline, which all have provided me with the necessary tools to be successful in college, a career and life. Unfortunately, not all learning experiences are through a positive experience, like dance. My learning disability, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), necessitated many other compensatory skills, like hard work and organization. I have always known that I would have to work harder and study more than most, but I was not going to let that stop me. If anything, these struggles have made me stronger and more determined. I have no doubt that I will succeed in all my future endeavors.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Sep 11, 2021. Winners will be announced on Oct 15, 2021.

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