ECLH scholarship recipients 2024

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands awarded $125,000 in college scholarships to 56 graduating seniors from Lake Highlands High School Friday morning at Lake Highlands United Methodist Church. The funds were collected at the club’s annual Oktoberfest Dallas and spring benefit concert.

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“It’s our pleasure to recognize so many outstanding seniors,” said Exchange Club President Brent Basden. “This is truly one of our favorite mornings of the year.”

For more than 50 years, the ECLH has worked to enhance the community by supporting neighborhood schools, first responders, local nonprofits and improvement projects.

“Each student that we honor today has excelled academically and still found time for substantial extracurricular activities, community service or even outside work, all while overcoming challenges in their life,” said Dave Wittenburg, scholarship chair for the Exchange Club. “We are very confident that each and every one of them is going to accomplish great things in the future, and we look forward to their continued success. The future is bright for Lake Highlands.”

These students received scholarships:

Jeff Kane Memorial Scholarship: Lauren Goin (Texas Tech)

Bob Potts Family Working Student Scholarships: AriAsia Fisher (Midwestern State University), Chima Njoku (Texas Wesleyan), Jessie Palacios (Texas State), Tykierra Roberts (Sam Houston State), Danna Romero Martinez (University of North Texas)

Bob Potts Memorial Scholarships: Michael Ayala (Austin College or University of Texas Arlington), Jazdin King (Midwestern State), Amari Nichole Mason (UNT), Leah Stewart (UT), Samantha Sutton (Texas A&M)

James Brandon Burris Memorial Scholarships: Ava Purl (Texas Tech), Mitch Williams (University of Central Arkansas or Arkansas)

Herb and Frances Walne Memorial Scholarship: Chinwendu Ugokwe (UNT)

Jason Oglesby Memorial Scholarship: Jada Griffin (Howard University)

Smitty’s Scholars – The Wade Smith Foundation: Arely Benitez (Texas A&M Commerce), Aishat Kutere (Texas State)

The Luck Family Foundation Scholarships: Oluwatomiwa Adeleye (Sam Houston State), Jennifer Ekwueme (UNT), Ana Ramos Cresencios (Texas Women’s University or UTD), Bryan Reyes (UT), Micah Stewart (UT), Ni Chin Sung (UTA)

Austin Silva Memorial Scholarships: Olivia Bowlin (Baylor), Sara Beth Brokaw (Texas A&M), Adora Ho (UT), Lily Hollis (Auburn), Kate Smith (Texas A&M)

Exchange Club of Lake Highlands Scholarships: Winston Annable (Texas A&M or Alabama), Katelyn Austin (Oklahoma), Parker Brizzolara (Texas A&M), Cayden Byrd (Ouachita Baptist), Delaney Darwin (Texas A&M), Annabelle Deason (UT), Linley Denslow (Colorado Boulder), Liza Dishman (Arkansas), Georgia Fairbanks (Utah State), Susannah Frye (Oklahoma State), Kate Goodale (Tennessee), Charlie Johnson (SMU), Katie Kelley (Brigham Young), Ryan Marcum (Oklahoma State), Harper Massey (UT), Preston Melson (Alabama), Haley Ponce (Texas A&M), Lou (Annie) Read (UT), Olivia Sanders (Georgia), Charlie Schirato (TCU), Logan Strayhan (UT), Dylan Teague (Texas A&M), Lauren Thompson (Texas A&M), Allison Truscott (Texas State), Julian Villamar-Robbins (Rice), Brynn Winburne (Texas A&M) and Julia Wurtz (UT)

Exchange Club Board of Directors Scholarship: Connor Whitmire

If you’d like to support the Exchange Club, email president Brent Basden at to make a donation or join the club.