Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Endowed Scholarship
The Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Endowed Scholarship was established in 1999 by the ETK Encouragement Foundation and the Dallas/Fort Worth Private Equity Forum in memory of a courageous individual, Erin Tierney Kramp. In 1994, Erin Tierney Kramp was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33. Soon after her diagnosis, Erin decided to fight cancer head-on. Erin began by searching for medical specialists often calling and flying all over the country to seek their knowledge and advice. She studied alternative treatment plans and examined state of the art, sometimes unproven methods, to battle the disease. Erin’s tenacity often frustrated her medical doctors and sometimes resulted in seeking new ones who were up to the challenge Erin demanded. With no map to guide her, she set her own course.
Erin embarked on an aggressive treatment plan and over the next few years faced one medical adversity after another, her body often shutting down while her mind continued to race forward. Always demonstrating tremendous courage, perseverance and spirituality, Erin never shied away from her challenge. Throughout this struggle, Erin touched many lives and was an inspiration to those who knew her and to millions who read her book, Living with the End in Mind, or saw her on national television programs such as “20/20” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. She was also featured on the national broadcast of James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” radio show. The Erin Tierney Kramp Program awards scholarships to students based upon their courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. Eligible applicants include high school seniors who will graduate in the spring and current students attending any of the seven Dallas County Community Colleges. Recipients of the Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Endowed Scholarship will receive funds for tuition and books for up to 6 semesters.
• Must be a DCCCD student attending either Brookhaven College, Cedar Valley College, Eastfield College, El Centro College, Mountain View College, North Lake College or Richland College during period of award
• Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or B average
• Must exemplify courage and perseverance in the face of hardship or adversity; moral character with leadership and scholarship qualities as evidenced by high academic standards
• Must submit an unofficial high school diploma or GED
• Must submit a head shot photograph (Required to complete the application, but not a factor in the selection process)
• Must provide a name and email address for 2 letters of recommendation from a high school or college counselor or teacher
• Must answer the following supplemental questions as follows:
1. What type of hardship and adversity have you overcome that would make you a deserving applicant for this award? Other adversities besides financial must be shared.
2. What are your career goals?
3. Provide 3 important leadership accomplishments
• Recipient must maintain a commitment to the program and its goals.
• Recipient must attend Erin Tierney Kramp Scholar events.
• Recipient will be assigned a mentor for the academic year.
• Recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete a minimum of 8 credit hours per semester during period of award.
• Recipient must maintain the above requirements to receive the scholarship next semester. Failure to do so could result in a reduction or loss of scholarship benefits.
Once students have submitted their application the selection committee will select a group of finalists for a face-to-face interview before the recipients are chosen for the scholarship.