2022 Presidents' Scholarship: Gillian Beese
Gillian Beese is the daughter of Kandy Beese, a pediatric nurse practitioner and APP supervisor at Cook Children’s.
Gillian graduated from Collegiate Academy, an early college high school in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD last spring, and will be attending Tarleton State University where she will be studying Psychology in the fall. Gillian is also pursuing minors in Criminal Justice and Child and Family Studies.
She aspires to help children and their families who are navigating the justice system and struggling with mental health to create brighter futures.
Some of her academic involvements include being a member of the National Honor Society, Leadership Council, Student Council, Phi Thea Kappa, the Communications Team, Volleyball Club, Theatre and serving as a student ambassador. Gillian was voted Best Laugh by the Class of 2022, which speaks to her uniquely positive personality and kind nature. In addition, Gillian spends her time outside of school serving others in her community by volunteering at Vacation Bible School, Grapevine Animal Shelter, assisting in donation events and actively participating in mission trips around the country.
Reverend Karin Malinak of Living Word Lutheran Church says, “I find a spirit of adventure with a willingness to learn, serve and pitch in wherever there is a need. She is able to adapt as needed and brings a level of energetic fun and creativity to her relationships and roles of leadership.”