$42k in Educational Scholarships Awarded to Children of the Irving Police Department


Irving, Texas. July 16, 2019

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, Fran Mathers of Via Reál Restaurant in Las Colinas Plaza awarded collegiate scholarships from the Pat Mathers Scholarship Foundation to six extraordinary children of Irving Police officers. Congratulations to Michaela Braly, Sydney Peel, Tori Zettle, Sarah Pearson, Zoe Bradford, and Jayson Mitchell! We are all so proud of each of these students. And many, many thanks to our gracious donators.

This year we were able to award $42,000 in scholarships, more than any other year previously! Your contribution and support sustains and strengthens our community and its future leaders. The tuition
scholarships are for the 2019‐2020 academic year. Funding is raised at Via Reál’s Pat Mathers Scholarship Foundation Fundraiser which takes place once a year at the local restaurant. This year’s upcoming fundraiser is scheduled for August 4, 2019.

Scholarship Feature continuing this year: The University of Dallas has pledged to match any scholarship dollar for dollar given by Pat Mathers Scholarship Foundation to any student enrolled at University of Dallas.

The selection of scholarship winners comes from an applicant pool of children from Irving Police officers and civilian employees. They are all college bound or current college students who excel in academics, community service, extracurricular activities, and who exhibit “above and beyond” ambitions to reach their goals.

The mission of the Pat Mathers Scholarship Foundation is to help further the education of the fine children of Irving Police Officers and to ease the financial burden on their parents who give so much to this city.

Fran Mathers, owner of Via Reál Restaurant, began the foundation in 2007 in memory of her late husband, James Patrick Mathers, who was a great supporter of the Irving Police Department.

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