NLC divides up $1,500 worth of scholarships
By Ben Diaz
The Dallas Community College Teacher Association awards seven scholarships annually, one for each campus in the District.
On the District level, the Faculty Association Scholarship was awarded to North Lake’s Armin Riazian, who was awarded $300.
The NLC faculty raised $1,200 to be given to students at North Lake College, and earlier this month, Daniel Tran, Shannon Black and Zaharia Jianpanah were awarded North Lake Faculty Association Scholarships of $300 each.
Prospective scholarship recipients must be enrolled at North Lake College, have a GPA of least 3.0 and have completed at least 12 semester hours of college credit. That, of course, is all easier said than done considering those things come after the sometimes daunting task of actually finding a way to pay for books and tuition. Daniel Tran, a familiar face on campus as a member of both Phi Theta Kappa and SGA, was incredibly honored to receive the award.
“It was a humbling experience…I was very excited,” Tran said.
Like every student, Tran’s big dreams also come with big challenges. He hopes to attend the University of North Texas in the near future and is currently working a challenging schedule to help pay for his education.
“I do not receive any financial support from my parents, so I work three nights, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., at a gas station to help pay bills and other expenses,” Tran said. He is very grateful for this recognition, but gives a lot of thanks and credit to someone he considers his mentor and his friend, NLC history professor Dr. Yolanda Romero. To her, however, Tran deserves every bit of the praise.
“Tran is an exceptional individual who is not only a bright young man, but a servant leader,” Romero said.
While the amount of the scholarship may not be substantial, a small amount can still go a long way.
The final decision on scholarship recipients was left to Dr. Enrique Chamberlain, Dr. Phyllis Elmore and Dr. Linda Long, all members of the NLCFA Scholarship Committee. In an email to the winners, Chamberlain congratulated all the students chosen and challenged them to stay the course of education and concluded by telling them, “You have made us all proud of each one of you.”
The students will be recognized at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, in room C-244.