Fulfilling Tammy's Deams
Scholarship recipients tell how support made an impact
When graduation day came, Tammy McNeeley (SOAHS '97) walked across the stage with
her original class, and then was admitted to a Fort Worth hospital; she lost her battle
with melanoma three days later.
Her 11 classmates, however, refused to let Tammy's legacy die. After learning of her
death, they pooled their finances and established a scholarship with the help of
the local chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Within
a year, the scholarship was endowed, thanks in part to Tammy's parents and her sister,
Wendy McNeeley, PhD.
Today, 15 students have received the Tammy McNeeley Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
|Candace Rothwell Moore
|Laura Williams Zupancic
|Laura Schroder Melnick
|Elizabeth Hubbard Mesker
|Jane Ann Harrison Scalf
|Callie Stech Walker
Honoring Tammy's legacy
In September 2013, several of the scholarship recipients attended a dinner honoring
the McNeeleys and the 15 years Tammy's scholarship has supported those, like Tammy,
who dreamed of helping others through speech-language pathology. They and several
others updated the McNeeleys on their families and careers and thanked the family
for the opportunity to help fulfill Tammy's dream.
Here are their stories:
I was honored to receive the Tammy McNeeley scholarship in 2008. I enjoy working with
children of all ages. I worked for Early Childhood Intervention for three years. This
is my second year working at the schools in the Lubbock Independent School District.
I married the love of my life, Matt in 2006. We have a daughter, Maddie, who is two
going on twenty. She is a big talker and loves to be on the phone! I hope to be an
inspiration to the life of others just as your daughter and family have been to me
and many others through this scholarship.
JANE ANN (Harrison) SCALF
My name is Jane Ann Scalf and I was privileged to receive dthe Tammy McNeeley Scholarship
in 2008. I started my career working with adults and I ma currentely starting my 5th
year I the schools. Since graduating, I got married and I have a 22 month old son,
Luke and a daughter on the way. I feel blessed every day to have chosen such a rewarding
career. Thank you McNeeley family for being a part in that decision.
ELIZABETH (Hubbard) MESKER
Hello, My name is Elizabeth Mesker. I was thankful to receive the McNeeley Scholarship
in 2007. Currently, I live in alpine, Texas. My husband, Bobby, and I moved here following
my graduation. I currently work as an SLP for the school district, local hospital,
home health agency, and ECI. So I stay busy! I have also expanded my family over the
years. I have two sons, Brody (4) and Brock (1). Hope the McNeeley's are doing well!
I currently work at a long term care facility in my hometown, Slaton, Texas. I love
working for and with people I have known my entire life. My mom also works at the
facility. It's such a pleasure to get to see my mom every day. Not many people have
that opportunity. I have been happily married for 8 years and I have 3 beautiful,
crazy daughters: Kali-5, Tori-4, and Marli-1. The girls talk about growing up and
teaching patients how to speak and swallow. I'm one proud momma! I am so grateful
and honored to receive this amazing scholarship.
I was honored to be awarded the Tammy McNeeley Memorial Endowed Scholarship in 2005!
It was an absolute blessing to my family! Since graduating I have had the opportunity
to work in a wide range of settings! I am currently taking the opportunity to stay
home with my 3 year old daugther, Brynli, and 1 year old son, Hayes. Thank you McNeeley
family for being so generous over the years!
My name is Sarai Granados, and I was blessed to be awarded the scholarship in 2004
right before I graduated. Since graduating, my career and my life have taken me to
some exciting places including Chicago, Il., and Colorado Springs, Co. Even so, I
always knew my journey would lead me back to Texas. I am very thankful and proud to
now work at the TTUHSC Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Clinic as a clinical
instructor to graduate students.
LAURA (SCHRODER) MELNICK
I have always felt so honored to be included in this list of amazing students. After
graduation, I worked in a small hospital outside Fort Worth before marrying Ken, a
fellow speech-language pathologist, and moving to Worcester, Mass. I worked in a teaching
hospital before staying home with our children, Caroline, 5, and Jacob, 3. Now I teach
undergraduate communication disorder courses at Worcester State University. I often
think of your family and reflect on the blessing I have to share my passion for speech-language
pathology with other students in this field.
Laura Williams Zupancic
I'm grateful that the McNeeley family added to my spirit of generosity that I try
to put forth every day. I worked in rehab upon graduation, and I'm starting my 10th
year in the public schools. In that time, I also worked a couple of years in the department
at TTUHSC. I married Steven and we are blessed to have 2 spirited, determined, happy
and loving girls, Julia and Andrea.
CANDACE (Rothwell) MOORE
I was honored to receive the Tammy McNeeley scholarship in 2000. My passion is helping
children of all ages become functional communicators. I have been working in the school
system since August of 2001. I married Russ in December of 2001 and my life has been
one exciting adventure ever since. We have one son, Duncan, who is 9. He wants to
be a professional tennis player and own an engineering company when he grows up. Although
we love traveling around the world, we always love coming home to Lubbock. I hope
to make a difference in the lives of others just as you have made a difference in
my life by graciously awarding me this scholarship.
After receiving the Tammy McNeeley Scholarship in 1999 and then completing my degree
in 2000, I worked as an audiologist for a local ENT for 4 years. Since the birth of
my first children in 2004, I have been a stay at home mom while keeping my credentials
up to date and being a substitute audiologist when the opportunity arises! We spend
our time camping, taking care of our animals and tending a small garden. Life is never
dull with a 1st and 3rd grader!