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Sally Anne Powell Memorial Art Scholarship awarded to two recent graduates

Two Ector County ISD graduates are the first recipients of the Sally Anne Powell Memorial Art Scholarship managed by the Education Foundation of Odessa. Sally Anne Powell was an ECISD art teacher who fought a valiant battle with cancer. In her memory, a scholarship was established and will be awarded to ECISD graduates who wish to become an art teacher.


The two students receiving the scholarship for the fall 2020 semester are:
Zoe Herndon, Odessa High School graduate attending Odessa College. Zoe was the head editor of the yearbook staff, a member of National Honor Society, voted Best Latin Student her sophomore and junior year, was a VASE participant (2016-2020) and a UIL Math participant (2017-2020).


Maria Romero-DeMatteo, Permian High School graduate attending University of Texas College of Natural Sciences. Maria was a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Art student.


“It is a privilege to be able to help Sally Anne Powell’s family keep her memory alive through these scholarships,” says Education Foundation Director, Celeste Potter. “Congratulations to these two bright students on their future endeavors. We hope to see them teaching art in ECISD someday.”


The Sally Anne Powell Memorial Art Scholarship is funded solely through donations. Donations can be made online at www.educationfoundationodessa.org. Simply click on the “Donate Online Today” link and then select the Sally Anne Powell Memorial Art Scholarship campaign link. Donations may also be mailed to the Education Foundation at PO Box 951, Odessa, Texas 79760.


About Education Foundation of Odessa
The Education Foundation of Odessa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization of citizens who share a vision of enhancing education in ECISD. The Education Foundation of Odessa provides a new and innovative source of funding to support the school district’s educational plan. The Foundation does not attempt to replace lost state funding, nor does it attempt to take the place of the district’s operating budget. When considering the level of funding required to educate students, the Foundation can expect only to provide funds for those projects and activities that go beyond the normal classroom experience. Such initiatives provide enrichment, research opportunities, teacher training, intervention and prevention strategies and extend the educational effort.


The mission of the Education Foundation is to create opportunities for education in Ector County ISD. Our vision is that every student in ECISD will be school-ready, college-ready, work-ready…WORLD-READY!