On May 25, Tommy Terrific’s Carwash presented local high school student, David Juan, with a $5,000 scholarship for college tuition. Tommy Terrific’s is an express exterior car wash located at 5021 Ross Avenue in East Dallas. Established this year, the “Live Terrific” scholarship is available to high school seniors who are currently enrolled at Woodrow Wilson High School.
Tommy Terrific’s owners, Tom and Kim Miller, are passionate about education and community involvement. The Miller’s also own TradeMark Carwash in Allen and soon-to-open Plano location. The pair founded the “Live Terrific” scholarship to reward, and help ease the financial burden of a student who contributes to community betterment.
“As part of a growing company, we are positioned to give directly back to our community by helping a local student further their collegiate goals,” said Kim Miller. “Since we opened in 2013 we’ve employed several Woodrow Wilson students and felt they were a natural fit to partner with.”
Students who applied for the scholarship were asked to answer the essay question, “How are you terrific in your community?” as well as submit a financial aid questionnaire. While academic achievement and extracurricular activities were noted, students were encouraged to focus on specific examples of community betterment, and how their involvement influenced their higher academic goals.
Juan, who has been accepted to the University of Texas at Arlington, was selected from more than a dozen finalists to receive the scholarship. Following his experience with the 2015 Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program, for which he worked with a civil engineering/architecture firm, Juan is pursuing a degree in architecture.
“Architecture is a great major because I can work to make my community a better place,” Juan shared. “I want to build affordable homes for those who are not as fortunate.”
He has also helped better the local community through volunteer engagements with the North Texas Food Bank and serving the homeless.
Kim Miller recently met Juan at Woodrow Wilson’s awards ceremony luncheon and presented the “Live Terrific” scholarship to him. “It was such a joy to meet our first scholarship recipient and extend our well wishes to David as he begins his college career,” said Miller.