The Meagan Davis Memorial Scholarship has awarded $12,000 in scholarships to 10 Royse City High School graduates over the last eight years.

The scholarship was begun in 2001.

Jerry and Mary Davis, and their friends, wanted to honor their daughter Meagan, who had died from an enlarged heart that year, at age 9 1/2. Since then, they educate people about heart disease, and provide the scholarship.

“It’s hard; I think any time you lose a child, it is terrible, no matter how young or old. I could have balled up and got in the corner and not made a difference,” Mary said. But she and her husband wanted to continue to make something positive out of her daughter’s life. “She was incredible. She was everybody’s best friend.”

Six of Meagan’s best friends and their families are instrumental in putting on the annual daddy daughter dance. They include mother and daughter Kari Hollifield and Brittany Rogers; Sandy Van Dyke and Kelly Van Dyke; Kathy Wright and Ashton Wright; Angie Houseman and Stefanie Houseman; and Brandy Kuhel and Courtney Kuhel.

Jerry Davis and Eric Kuhel have been best friends since they were age three, Mary said. “We are very blessed to have the family that we have,” Mary said, including the friends as family. Without friends like that we couldn’t make it,” she said.

Jordan and Mallory Davis, the younger siblings of Meagan, join their parents and friends in putting the dance on, and in the dancing.

In addition to the happy memories the dads and their daughters are making, they are funding the scholarship, which has been at $2,000 for five years.

Past recipients are: Cody Caldwell, Christine Chalmers, Jana Summers, Star Wooley, Josh Hamilton, Amberly Stone, Krista Garner and Quinton Thomas, and Audrey Barlow.

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