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Girls Inc. of Tarrant County College Shower Honors 61 College-Bound Girls

Aug 14, 2015 04:54PM ● Published by Kevin

2015 Girls Inc. of Tarrant County National Scholars Sonia Garcia, Chloe Willis and Alexis Torres Each Received $20,000. Photo courtesy of Julien and Lambert Photographic Services

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Judy Needham and Tobi Jackson Congratulate Faith Magness. Photo Courtesy Julien and Lambert Photographic Services

The 4th Annual Girls Inc. of Tarrant County College Shower was held July 30, 2015 at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus. The agency honored their three national scholarship winners Sonia Garcia, Chloe Willis, and Alexis Torres and celebrated a total of 61 girls from five area schools.

Deion Hightower, Girls Inc. Alumna attending Tarleton State University, was the event Emcee and explained just how special an event like this is for the girls. ”A shower is a gift-giving party thrown by friends of the gift recipient that prepares the person for a life-changing event. People are used to this tradition for a wedding or the birth of a baby. However, going away to college is one of the first big events in our lives as an adult. This shower helps to prepare our girls for that first big step and levels the playing field so that they arrive on campus ready to focus on learning rather than worrying about what they need or what others have.”

Mayor Betsy Price gave the girls encouraging words from the Dr. Seuss book Oh, The Places You’ll Go and signed posters for each of the girls featuring quotes from the book. The girls then received the posters and a congratulatory handshake from members of the Fort Worth Independent School District Board of Directors. 

College Shower Event Chairs Ellen Ray and Robin Ponitz. Photo Courtesy of Julien and Lambert Photographic Services

Event chairs, Ellen Ray and Robin Ponitz led the committee in creating a much larger event than the previous years. The event has grown in the last four years from honoring a single girl to honoring 61 girls and will grow to double that number in 2016. This year, the girls received individualized baskets with items selected specifically for them from their wish lists. Over $14,000 worth of supplies were collected from donors, corporate partners, and other organizations affiliated with the agency.

“None of this would be possible without our partnerships throughout the community. From the school districts to the library systems, from the colleges to the corporations, and from each and every one of our stakeholders, the support that we receive gives us the ability to foster the development of more and more strong, smart, and bold girls each year.” Says Jennifer Limas, Girls Inc. of Tarrant County President and CEO.

President and CEO, Jennifer Limas (Center) with Champions for Girls Barbara Williams (Left) and Jean Wallace (Right). Photo Courtesy Julien and Lambert Photographic Services

Earlier this year, the agency announced that Sonia Garcia, Chloe Willis, and Alexis Torres had each won $20,000 scholarships from Girls Inc. National. Four additional scholarships were awarded at the event. 

Brittany Huff received a $1,000 scholarship from the National Association of Women in Construction to go toward her tuition at Lincoln College of Technology where she is majoring in welding. Faith Magness received a $1,000 Leadership Scholarship for her tuition at the University of Texas at Arlington where she will major in Psychology. 

Scholarship Winner Dia McMillan
with her Mother. Photo Courtesy of
Julien and Lambert Photography

Dia McMillan received a $1,000 Bold Scholarship for her tuition at Prairie View A&M where she will major in Nursing. Alexis Jones received a $1,000 Community Action Scholarship for her tuition at Texas Southern University where she will major in Psychology. In addition, eight girls received the gift of laptops thanks to donations from Brittany Clark, Marsha Abeson, Eric Wisman, AT&T Pioneers, and American Airlines Federal Credit Union.

Want to learn more about how you can help with the College Shower? Make a donation at or call Amy Rasor at 817-468-0306.

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