WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Dominique Calhoun has come a long way from supporting himself through college at Midwestern State University to owning his own law firm in Houston. His journey to success had its roots at the MLK center in Wichita Falls.
“It was pretty integral into my progression through undergrad and in addition to that, it gave me a way to give back to students who I was like when I was growing up,” said Calhoun. “Education is the equalizer.”
During his time at MSU-Texas, Calhoun received the Dorothy Roberts-Burns scholarship from the center during the MLK Prayer Breakfast. The scholarship allowed Calhoun to focus less on his full-time job that helped pay his tuition and more on his studies that ultimately led to a diploma and much more.
“It’s like our little child growing up to see graduation, we’re just as proud as the parents are,” said MLK Center Coordinator Michael Davis.
This year, however, the prayer breakfast was canceled due to the pandemic. With those funds lost, the MLK Center is now in need of donations to continue to provide scholarships.
“We want to continue our scholarships, we’ve got to,” said scholarship founder Dr. Dorothy Roberts-Burns.
For Calhoun, the importance of giving back to his roots is an investment. It’s an investment in the future and an investment in others who are struggling just like he once was who have an opportunity for success.
“Without the MLK scholarship and without me staying in Wichita Falls and learning different things from mentors and friends that are still there, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” said Calhoun.
You can donate to the scholarship fund by sending a check to the MLK Center at 1100 Smith St., Wichita Falls, TX 76301