Oak Cliff Secondary

Life School Valedictorians Receive Dr. Tom Wilson Scholarship

Life School, with over 4,500 students on six campuses in Dallas and Ellis Counties, is pleased to announce that graduating seniors Sydney Stanmore and Diana Bonilla are recipients of the Dr. Tom Wilson Scholarship, which awards each of them $1,000 for their college tuition.

This scholarship is presented annually by Life School in honor of its founder, Dr. Thomas E. Wilson. It is given to the graduating senior or seniors who have attained the highest academic average.

“We could not be more proud of Sydney and Diana and all of the hard work they put forth while attending Life School,” said Life School Superintendent Brent Wilson. “We know they will be successful in their college studies and we can’t wait to see the great things they will accomplish in their future.”

Sydney Stanmore, Oak Cliff Secondary Valedictorian, received a 4.095 GPA and took honors classes including AP World History, AP US History and AP English. Sydney received awards including Scholar Athlete of the Year, Lioness Award and Academic All-District, and was also the National Honor Society Secretary. Sydney says she was inspired by her late father who told her to always push forward in life and persevere in anything she wants to accomplish. Sydney plans on attending the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the fall to pursue a degree in industrial engineering.

Diana Bonilla, Red Oak Secondary Valedictorian, received a 4.046 GPA and took 24 college hours at Navarro College in Waxahachie while attending Life School. Diana was a varsity cheerleader and played varsity volleyball and track. She is a recipient of the Scholar Athlete of the Year and the UIL Scholar Award. Diana was a volunteer at Mission Arlington and tutor. Life School has helped her learn to manage her time, a lesson she says she’ll apply in college. In the fall, she will attend Baylor University to pursue a degree in Biology. She plans to attend medical school after college.

Through Dr. Wilson’s vision and pioneering spirit in serving the community, Life School was established in 1998 as a tuition-free school. Since its inception, the mission of Life School has been to train leaders with life skills for the twenty-first century by establishing strong academics, character training and a parenting program.

Dr. Wilson believed in the pursuit of excellence in all areas, especially academics. His commitment to create a tuition-free school has become a reality and Life School strives to continue the legacy of excellence that he established. Dr. Wilson’s remarkable vision, coupled with the dedication and professionalism of Life School faculty and staff, are impacting a new generation of successful leaders.