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Hardships and Hurdles Don’t Stop Kramp Recipients
Angel Monsivais and Kathy Tran faced monumental obstacles early in their lives – Angel by his abusive father and Kathy by a rapist.
Both rose above the circumstances they were dealt by immersing themselves in school, in programs that helped them excel and in positive attitudes that led them to finish high school and look ahead to college. Without the help of the Dallas County Community College District and the Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Foundation, Monsivais and Tran would miss the chance to follow their college and career dreams.
Both DCCCD students were honored for their tenacity, courage and determination as they received the 2012 Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Scholarship Award during a special program on June 7. The event was hosted by the Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Foundation – founded by its president and DCCCD Foundation board member Michael Brown – and the DCCCD Foundation.
The scholarships will help Monsivais and Tran, both Dallas residents, reach for their dreams with financial support provided by the Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Scholarship Award, providing full tuition and books for up to four semesters. Monsivais is majoring in biology at Eastfield College; and Tran – a recent Richardson High School graduate – plans to major in visual communications at Brookhaven College.
The courage and perseverance shown by both recipients in the face of adversity are traits exhibited by the person for whom the award is named. Erin Tierney Kramp, who fought breast cancer from 1994 to 1998, created a videotaped legacy on “life lessons” for her young daughter that would convey Erin’s views and advice to Peyton as the young girl grew up, following her mother’s death. Erin touched many lives and inspired countless strangers in her lifetime.
Erin’s legacy lives on through the Kramp Foundation, the DCCCD scholarship program and the lives of all recipients.
Learn more about the 2012 award recipients Angel Monsivais and Kathy Tran.
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