Ginny Michelle Ryan Memorial Scholarship

Ginny Michelle Ryan, the only child of Hal and Nancy Ryan, was born on December 13, 1976 in Quanah, Texas. Ginny attended school at Paducah until the fifth grade. After the Ryans moved to Abilene, Ginny attended Jackson Elementary School and Wylie Middle and High Schools. Ginny was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was two years old. Though the disease is terminal, she never doubted that she would beat CF. Her attitude was: “They’ll find a cure.” According to her parents, one of Ginny’s greatest dreams was to someday attend college. Ginny Ryan’s positive attitude let her live life to the fullest, even in the face of such an unconquerable obstacle as CF. Her kindness and compassion will be sorely missed, yet her dream will come true and her memory will live on through the Ginny Michelle Ryan Memorial Scholarship.


  • Must be a graduating senior from Wylie High or Paducah High and must have attended for at least 2 years

Note: 1 student from Wylie High and 1 student from Paducah High will be chosen each year.

Ginny Michelle Ryan Memorial Scholarship
$1,500.00 per recipient, single award
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please provide a goal statement (250 words) explaining why you have applied for this particular scholarship. Please state what this scholarship will mean to you, and how will it make a difference in you attending college? What are your plans after finishing college and what do you hope to accomplish with your education.
  2. Provide the name and email address of an adult who knows your character and is willing to submit an online reference on your behalf (No relatives).