Euvonne R. Thompson Memorial Scholarship

Euvonne Thompson

The Euvonne R. Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in May of 2008 to honor the memory of this remarkable woman and the value she placed on higher education. Euvonne was active in the Presbyterian Church, especially with its youth. She was intellectually gifted, a lifelong scholar, and a supporter of the arts.

Not only was Euvonne a valuable asset to her church and congregation, but she also was active in the Plano community. As a new resident of Plano in the 1970's, Euvonne quickly found her place and saw a need for social assistance for many of its residents. She helped found the Collin County Information and Referral Center, serving as the first president of the organization. An advocate for social justice, Euvonne was also instrumental in West Plano Presbyterian Church's sponsorship for a newly immigrated Vietnamese refugee family in Plano.

Throughout Euvonne's life she valued the assistance and support of her church community, which enabled her to fulfill her dreams of attending college. It was her ultimate desire to provide access to resources for youth seeking higher education.

Scholarship Information


Amount of Award Varies according to available funds
Number of Awards per Year Varies according to available funds
Source of Funds Euvonne R. Thompson Scholarship Fund
Eligibility Criteria High school seniors and college undergraduates who have participated in the life of West Plano Presbyterian Church are eligible to apply. Previous recipients may re-apply.
Application Process Applicants are invited to submit the following:
1. Completed Euvonne R. Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund application form
2. One letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor
3. One-page typed essay describing applicant's educational and career goals
Selection Process The Euvonne R. Thompson Scholarship Committee selects the recipients and the amount of each award. The selection process will include an interview.
Application Deadline The deadline for submission of the application, recommendation letter, and essay is March 31, 2014.


For further information, please contact the Euvonne R. Thompson Scholarship Committee.


Gifts and Memorials

The Gifts, Endowments, and Memorials Ministry (GEMM) was established in 2003 with five objectives in mind:

  1. To offer an extra dimension of stewardship to the congregation by actively encouraging and inviting gifts to the church through education of the congregation and support of prospective donors.
  2. To establish a management system, which conserves and increases the assets contributed in accordance with the wishes of the donors and the Session.
  3. To provide guidance for the use to which the principal and/or income of special or deferred gifts will be applied and to make decisions regarding the application of such funds.
  4. To monitor the administration of outright and deferred gifts of assets through the Texas Presbyterian Foundation so as to fully carry out the intent of the donor.
  5. To protect the mission of the church by reviewing and analyzing the subject matter of any intended gift, and, if necessary, to decline the acceptance of any gift, deemed as not being in the best interest of West Plano Presbyterian Church.

Five members comprise the committee and serve staggered terms of five years. At least one, but no more than two, can be active members of the Session. The pastor and treasurer of the church are designated as ex officio members of GEMM.

Committee meetings are held quarterly or more often if necessary.