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The "Scotch For Scholarships" program was initiated by Dr. David McCoy, a professor and Director of the Photography Department at Eastfield College of the Dallas County Community College District. The purpose of the program is to raise funds for interested and worthy students who are interested in photography, but cannot afford the expensive materials and equipment necessary to enroll in the course. The scholarship pays tuition for a full semester of courses (to include at least one photography course), necessary lab fees, photography textbook, photographic film and paper for the semester and the use of one of Dr. McCoy's professional 35mm cameras.

Scholarship criteria requires that the applicant must:
  • Be a Dallas County resident who is drug-free and meets Eastfield College admissions requirements

  • Submit a written statement explaining:
    • Why he/she is interested in photography
      Why he/she wants to learn photography
      Why he/she should be a recipient of the scholarship
  • Have a 2.5 high school grade point average

  • Submit a minimum of one letter each from a teacher, counselor and other acquaintance who can attest to the character, maturity, scholarship and other deserving attributes of the applicant

  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Eastfield College Financial Aid Office
Photography is a most unusual course, requiring a great deal of self-discipline, determination, patience, study, work and tenacity to be successful. These are some of the same ingredients required for success in life in general. "The therapeutic value and work ethic that I have witnessed, on several occasions over the years, that was naturally imbued, in otherwise irresponsible and immature students, is amazing," states Dr. McCoy. "It is often the student from a poor socio-economic background that can benefit most from a photography course that has a strong disciplinarian foundation. Too often, however, these students can't afford to enroll in these courses. This scholarship is designed to address this problem," Dr. McCoy concludes.

Dr. McCoy, through The International Order of Scotch Single Malt Whisky Connoisseurs, has conducted several tastings during the past two years and has now endowed one scholarship. His goal is to endow two more scholarships. Depending on interest rates, it requires about five to seven thousand dollars to endow a scholarship. Anyone interested in contributing to this worthy fund may do so by making checks payable to the "McCoy Photography Scholarship Fund" and mailing it to:

Dallas County Community College District Scholarship Endowment
701 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Please make a copy of your check and send it to Dr. McCoy so that he can follow up to see that it is properly credited. Thank you.

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