TOPPs 2015Guests gathered for the 6th Annual TOPPs Celebration on Thursday, May 15, 2015 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum to recognize the successes of BGCD’s graduating senior members.  Chaired by Jay and Sara Johnson, this inspiring event was presented by Karen and Tom Falk and emceed by KRDL reporter L.P. Phillips.

The evening featured touching stories from current members and Tiesha Smith-White, alumna and former BGCD Youth of the Year, who spoke about her encouraging experience with BGCD.  Emily Robinson, BGCD Youth of the Year, was also honored for her dedication to the Boys & Girls Club Movement.  At the conclusion of the evening, over $100,000 in scholarships were awarded, and each senior was presented with a laptop and dorm room essentials for college.

Scholarships
Toyota Scholarships – $40,000
BGCD Beacon Scholarship – $6,000
Coca-Cola Youth of the Year Scholarships – $6,000
TYSO Elevation Scholarship – $6,000
Falk Scholarships – $5,000
Fogelson Scholarships – $5,000
CST Scholarships – $4,000
Katherine Watkins Scholarship – $4,000
East Dallas Advisory Council Scholarships – $3,000
UTA School of Education Scholarships – $3,000
Young Professionals in Finance Perseverance Scholarship – $3,000
Young Professionals in Finance Persistence Scholarship – $2,300
JAS Merit Scholarship – $2,000
Oak Cliff Advisory Council Scholarships – $2,000
Young Professionals in Finance Grit Scholarship – $2,000
Grant Thorton Scholarship – $1,250
Comcast Scholarship – $1,000
Crisp Salad Scholarship – $1,000
East Dallas Advisory Council Scholarships – $1,000
Grand Prairie Advisory Council Scholarship – $1,000
MHBT Scholarship – $1,000
Nwamadi Family Scholarship – $1,000
KOS Foundation Scholarship – $500
Nailah and Aren Egwuekwe Scholarship – $500

Scholarship Committee
Jody Staggs, Chair | Alek Blankenau | Erin Cihak | Janae Denman | Nik Melder | Patrick Rinaldi | Daniel Roby | Jackson Thomas | Jessi Watkins | Sammy Yang | John Zimmermann

TOPPs Celebration Committee
Jay & Sara Johnson, Chairs | Beth Allen | Mica Beckmann | Cassandra Bray | Danielle Brown | Cheryl Brown | Kasey Daniels | Amy Goad | Katie Guerrero | Jessica Killough | Jordan Kragen | Suzann McLemore | Leanna Laskey McGrath | Lauren Rath | Sara Sherrieb | Jessi Watkins | Mike White