D’Trajon Moore, at right, shows off his scholarship award to Spring ISD Board Member Dr. Deborah Jensen, at left, as Planet Ford General Manager and Operating Partner Shawn Burns looks on.
HOUSTON – April 13, 2018 – Friday the 13th became a lucky day for Carl Wunsche Sr. High School student D’Trajon Moore when he learned that he was receiving a $5,000 scholarship from Randall Reed’s Planet Ford of Spring.
The Wunsche senior was in a classroom preparing to present his Capstone project, in which seniors showcase a detailed research project in front of other students, staff and visiting community members, when he was told he needed to come out into the hallway for a moment.
“I saw all the balloons, and I was like, ‘Oh, are you serious?’ This is a dream,” said Moore.
Planet Ford’s general manager and operating partner Shawn Burns was waiting for Moore with some of his staff. He presented Moore with his scholarship and told him that his teachers consistently used words like eager, reliable, trustworthy, leader, dedicated and outstanding as they described his achievements. Burns said that it’s always a pleasure to see hard-working students as they move forward on their path.
“The children in this community are what is going to make the future more positive for us, and we feel like it’s part of our duty to give back to our community,” Burns said.
Wunsche Principal Dr. Andria Schur said that she has no doubt that Moore will make the most of this opportunity. “He is a leader on our campus. He is committed, and I have shared that with all the people at Planet Ford.”
Spring ISD School Board Member Dr. Deborah Jensen was already on campus to observe some of the Capstone presentations, and stopped to watch Moore receive his scholarship. She said that she is happy to see the district’s partnerships growing and benefitting the students at Spring.
“We have amazing students who deserve and need our support, and this is just an absolutely wonderful thing to see, as a community member like Planet Ford steps forward and helps with our students,” she said.
A student in Wunsche’s medical tower, Moore’s capstone presentation is about the field of dentistry and finding a way for veterans to receive dental care at a lower cost. He is expecting to attend Blinn College, where he is interested in studying psychology and business.
“I would like to do something for people with mental illnesses. There is a lack of resources for people who don’t make a lot of money. I would like to make a change,” said Moore.
He said the scholarship money will truly make a difference in his family’s life. “This is a burden off of my mom,” he said. “She works hard to pay for my college and to support our family, so this is going to make life a little bit easier for us.”
Moore was so proud of receiving this scholarship that he wanted to keep the four-foot long presentation check with him as he returned to his classroom, but decided to let a counselor hold it for him until the end of the school day.
“I’m so happy,” he said.