Emerald Mahone
McLeod ISD
Northwest Louisiana Technical College

Emerald Mahone, a 2013 graduate of McLeod High School in McLeod ISD, is using her $500 scholarship to attend Northwest Louisiana Technical College. Her TCTA scholarship was renewed for 2014-15.

Mahone is studying cosmetology and dreams of someday opening a salon with her sister. “Chemistry was easy, so the equations for [hair] color will be simple! Who knows? I may invent a new color and start my own line,” she wrote in her application.

McLeod High School counselor Nyla Dowd nominated Mahone for the scholarship. “Emerald is a motivated young lady who is anxious to continue her education and enter the workforce,” she wrote. “She will be the first one in her family to experience the benefits of an advanced degree.”