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Honoring Phil Jackson's Legacy: CISDEF's Dual Credit Tuition Assistance Program

Education is a powerful tool that can transform lives and open doors to countless opportunities. In Cuero, Texas, the Cuero ISD Education Foundation is doing just that by honoring the memory of a remarkable individual, Philip Randall Jackson, fondly known as Phil. Through the Phil Jackson Memorial Scholarship, the Foundation is making higher education more accessible for Cuero High School students, fostering a legacy of learning and service that Phil himself embodied.

Phil Jackson Memorial Scholarship

Phil Jackson: A Man of Dedication

Phil Jackson was not only an alumnus of Cuero High School, but he was also a dedicated pharmacist, rancher, and outdoorsman who left an indelible mark on the community. He graduated from Cuero High School in 1966 and went on to earn his degree from the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 1972. Despite residing in Houston with his wife, Mima, Phil remained unwaveringly committed to Cuero. He served on the Cuero ISD Education Foundation board of directors from August 2003 until his passing in July 2015.

In honor of Phil's memory and his commitment to education, the Cuero ISD Education Foundation established the Phil Jackson Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is a testament to Phil's enduring legacy and his belief in the power of education to transform lives.

The Phil Jackson Memorial Scholarship: Opening Doors to Higher Education

The Phil Jackson Memorial Scholarship, funded by the Cuero ISD Education Foundation, provides a lifeline for Cuero High School students seeking to pursue dual-credit and dual-enrollment courses at Victoria College. This scholarship allocates $50 per student, per semester, making it possible for aspiring young minds to take their first steps toward a college education.

Dual Credit Enrollment: A Pathway to Success

The dual-credit program at Victoria College offers high school students a unique opportunity to enroll in college courses and earn both college and high school credits simultaneously. This innovative approach to education provides a wealth of benefits, including:

  1. Access: Students gain access to academic and career planning, library resources, computer labs, and comprehensive academic support services.

  2. Convenience: Courses can be taken on the high school campus, at the college, or even online, providing flexibility to meet the diverse needs of students.

  3. Close to Home: Students can experience college life while still living in familiar surroundings, helping them ease into the college experience.

  4. Cost-Effective: Dual Credit Enrollment at Victoria College is a cost-effective way to start a college education, significantly more affordable than attending a four-year institution.

  5. Student Success: Successful completion of college-level courses boosts confidence and prepares students for a smooth transition to a college campus later on.

  6. Transferability: Dual Credit Enrollment classes are fully transferable to public colleges and universities in Texas and are generally accepted by institutions across the United States.

The Cuero ISD Education Foundation's Commitment to Education

The Cuero ISD Education Foundation has dedicated itself to supporting education in the community, ensuring that deserving students have the resources needed to pursue higher education and achieve their dreams. Thanks to the proceeds from the annual Concert for Classrooms fundraising event, the foundation continues to provide essential tuition assistance for Cuero High School students.

In the spring semester, the Cuero ISD Education Foundation was able to provide tuition assistance to 31 Cuero ISD high school students, empowering them to pursue their academic aspirations by participating in the dual-credit program at Victoria College.


The Cuero ISD Education Foundation's Phil Jackson Memorial Scholarship serves as a beacon of hope and opportunity for Cuero High School students. By honoring Phil Jackson's legacy and unwavering dedication to education, this scholarship program is making higher education more accessible and affordable.

Through the dual-credit program at Victoria College, students are not only gaining valuable academic knowledge but also setting themselves on a path towards a brighter future. As we celebrate this initiative, we honor Phil Jackson's memory and his belief in the transformative power of education, ensuring that his legacy continues to positively impact the lives of generations to come in Cuero, Texas.

The Cuero ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization that shares a mission of enhancing opportunities for Cuero public schools by working to increase private and corporate support for educational activities, supporting activities not funded by tax dollars, fostering creative approaches to education through private grants and involvement, and awarding Foundation funds through a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business, community and educational leaders.

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