2019 Crossroad Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to the 2019 My Community Crossroads Scholarship Winners!
Every year, My Community awards six (or more) $2500 scholarships to deserving members who have demonstrated academic achievement and desire to pursue higher education. It is our honor to help our members achieve their education goals.
Awards were based on academic achievement, writing assessments, recommendations, and transcripts, as well as the student’s potential, character, leadership and financial need.
Carri Mims, a 2017 graduate of Midland High School, is the daughter of Scott and Caren Mims. She was a drumline member and Spirit Office of the Bulldog Band and also played on the MHS Girls Basketball team for four years. Outside of school, she volunteered at the Lone Star SPCA and for two years refereed in the Upward Basketball Program. She’s been active as a member of the Fairmont Park Church of Christ Youth Group and participated in the Leadership Training for Christ Program for eight years, worked at their Summer Youth Camp, and also served by helping to repair the homes of elderly Midland residents. Carri is currently a sophomore at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She is majoring in Biology with plans of becoming a dermatologist. She works part-time as a front-end coordinator for TJ Maxx and has worked for the company for 2 ½ years.
Cassidy Wray is currently a second-year undergraduate student at the University of North Texas. She is pursuing degrees in Economics and Political Science along with a minor in Mathematics. After graduating from Midland Lee High School in 2017, Cassidy went on to join the UNT Moot Court team, where she now holds an executive position. In that position she’s earned, numerous speaking awards , and two consecutive nationally-ranked brief-writing awards. Her involvement in Moot Court sparked a passion for legal argument and advocacy, which has, in turn, influenced her long-term goal of pursuing a PhD in Economics. She intends to concentrate on the intersectional study of Law and Economics. Cassidy is incredibly grateful to be active in both undergraduate departments that she calls home. She proudly holds employment as an Academic Assistant in the Department of Economics and has been recognized as the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science for 2018-2019. As she enters her final year as an undergrad and prepares for graduation in Spring 2020, Cassidy is thankful for the support of My Community Credit Union. With this award, MCCU has helped to ensure that not even the cost of education can slow her down.
McKenzey Jackson is currently a sophomore at Texas Tech University. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Japanese. Thus far, McKenzey has lead an active and fulfilling life on campus through acting as Vice President of Administration and Finance for the University Student Housing Complex Council, Senator for the Residence Halls Association, and working as a Sustainability Student Assistant. She also enjoys attending Genki club (Japanese club) meetings to learn more about a culture different from her own. She will also continue working as a Community Advisor in the residence halls, and hopes to make intentional connections and lasting positive impacts on the young women of her floor. After her graduation in 2021, McKenzey plans to apply to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where she hopes to obtain a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Joseph McClaine, a native of Midland, is a freshman at Texas Tech University. He is a Computer Science major in the Whitacre College of Engineering and recently made the Dean’s List. Joseph is a member of the Rawls Information Security Association (RISA), a student cybersecurity organization that helps students develop computer programming skills. He has earned a certification in the Fundamentals of Cybersecurity. As an Eagle Scout, Joseph serves as an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 152 and enjoys helping with the troop when in town.
Isabelle Jimenez is currently a sophomore at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin where she has maintained a perfect G.P.A. and has been recognized on the Dean’s and President’s List. She has applied for the nursing program this upcoming fall, and has high hopes in becoming a nurse educator in the future. Isabelle has participated in various community activities by working in and donating to Keep Odessa Beautiful, West Texas Food Banks, and many blood drives. Meanwhile, Isabelle works as a CNA at Medical Center Hospital. Isabelle is very thankful to God for the countless blessings and people that have helped her along the way!
Landon Day is currently a sophomore at Midland College where he will be getting his associates in applied science this May. In the fall, Landon plans to attend Texas A&M where he hopes to major in architecture with a minor in Spanish. While at Midland College, he has been involved in many clubs such as Sigma Kappa Delia, Mu Alpha Theta, and is also an ambassador. Landon feels blessed by such a great community and cannot wait to pass forward the opportunities he’s been given to others in the future!
Joseph Barron is a second year undergraduate at West Texas A&M University pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. He also is a middle linebacker with the WTAMU football team. Joseph’s passions are school, football and the Navy. He additionally has a passion for health and fitness and helping others so much so that he’s also pursuing his Personal Trainer’s Certificate. Upon his graduation, Joseph wants to enlist in the Navy. Joseph was born and raised in Midland, Texas by his mother, Adena Barron. Joseph expresses he feels blessed and grateful to be able to continue his education at West Texas A&M and would like to thank My Community Credit Union for choosing him as one of the 2019 Crossroads Scholarship recipients.
Louis Johnson is 18 years old and plans to attend Angelo State University in order to work on his Master’s in Business Management.
Hannah is twenty years old and originally from Guymon, Oklahoma. Hannah signed on to play basketball for Oklahoma Panhandle State University for her first year of college and is continuing her education at Midland College. She graduated from Lee High School where she was a member of NHS and the girls’ varsity basketball team and currently works at Midland Country Club as well as beginning at Swensen’s in the summer. Hannah enjoys volunteer tutoring at Casa de Amigos and relaxing with friends and family, as well as science research. She is involved in a research team under Dr. Thomas Ready at Midland College, focusing on ways to detect unsafe drinking water and going to Honduras in June to test the coral reef. Hannah hopes to go to Angelo State in the fall of 2019 to continue to study chemistry and stay involved with a research team and hopes one day to enter the new field of chemical genetics Hanna shares that “this scholarship is very gracious and appreciated, it will go toward the future of the expansion of a new field that can help with human reproduction as well as my personal favorite, animals. This field is new, and it could potentially be lifesaving and life enriching. Thank you to My Community Credit Union and all who are making it possible for students with big dreams to have the chance to graduate debt free, it is truly appreciated.”