Linda J. Meyer Scholarship to benefit incoming freshman
For 27 years, the Allen Meyer family has been an active supporter of Parish Episcopal School and integral to its growth and vision. In memory of the late Linda J. Meyer, Allen Meyer, Parish Board of Trustees member Emeritus, and his family, through The Dallas Foundation, have endowed a multi-million dollar academic scholarship fund. The fund will provide a full scholarship to an incoming freshman (current or new student) each academic year. By 2018, there will be at least four Linda J. Meyer Scholars, each receiving full tuition aid for all four years of their Parish high school careers. The scholarship program is designed to run in perpetuity.
The need-based recipient of the Linda J. Meyer Scholarship will be a student who demonstrates academic success and showcases a commitment to citizenship within and outside the Parish community (local, regional, national and/or international). It is the Meyer family’s hope that this scholarship will help fulfill academic dreams and develop students into creative learners and bold leaders.
The Meyer family’s legacy of giving began in 1988 when daughters Katie (PDS ’94) and Amy (PDS ’95) came to Parish Day School as 2nd and 1st graders, respectively. Linda quickly became a dedicated parent volunteer, remembered fondly for her outgoing personality and positive spirit (and her little red wagon). She led the Girl Scout troop, was a room mom, designed and sewed costumes for the theater productions, and even produced a yearbook or two along the way, among many other things. Even after her daughters left Parish, Linda remained committed to the School. In 2002, she established the School’s college counseling office and became Parish’s first College Guidance Counselor. More important than the many positions she held within the Parish community, she believed in Parish for her children and family, and helped build the community that we treasure today.
“With the Linda J. Meyer Scholarship, one of our community’s most loyal and loving stewards will be remembered daily on campus, appropriately so in the spirited example of the recipient scholars of the award," said Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School at Parish. "Because of the Meyer family's generosity, the recipients will have the opportunity to leave their own mark on this community as they journey through Parish’s Upper School. We are deeply grateful and humbled by this family’s act of transformational generosity.”
As we work to realize the vision for Parish at 50 and to create an environment that inspires students of all walks and passions to develop their futures, we give thanks to members of our community like Linda, and to families such as the Meyers who have been, and will continue to be, instrumental in helping us achieve our dreams for Parish Episcopal School.
Update: the first Linda J. Meyer Scholarship recipient, Marley Evans, was announced on May 21, 2015. Read more