NTC offers Dan S. Petty Memorial Scholarship for Leadership North Texas

April 11, 2011

Scholarship will be awarded to non-profit executives in North Texas

The North Texas Commission created a scholarship for Leadership North Texas in memory of the organization's past leader. The Dan S. Petty Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to up to three non-profit executives in the North Texas area beginning with the 2011-2012 Leadership North Texas class. Leadership North Texas is presented by Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

Leadership North Texas is a graduate-level, regional leadership program designed to recruit, develop and support leaders who have a commitment to civic engagement and to the North Texas region. Petty was president and CEO of the organization for 17 years before retiring in early 2010. He passed away in January 2011 after a brief illness.

"We can think of no better way to honor a man who embodied servant leadership than by supporting our non-profit leaders across the region," said Mabrie Jackson, president and CEO of the North Texas Commission.

Recipients of the Dan S. Petty Memorial Scholarship must meet the basic requirements of the Leadership North Texas application, be nominated by a LNT alumnus and have the support of the organization's Board of Directors. Up to three Dan S. Petty Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each will be given each program year.

The application deadline for Leadership North Texas Class 3 is noon, June 10, 2011. Applications are available online atwww.leadershipnorthtexas.org or through the North Texas Commission office at 972-621-0400 ext. 110. Tuition for the program is $3,000.

The new program, now in its second year, has educated nearly 60 individuals, including two mayors, four city council members, representatives from the region's higher education institutions, three assistant city managers, business executives and non-profit leaders. Over a nine-month period, the class addresses and discusses topics such as the history of North Texas, regionalism, our economy, workforce and education, sustainable development, state government and a plan for civic engagement. They learn best practices in regional stewardship from experts and other regions, and explore how to collaborate to best address current regional issues.

In addition to Chesapeake, Leadership North Texas has been generously supported by Texas Health Resources, AT&T, Town of Addison and IESI.