A Katy mom is starting a Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor her daughter, Cinco Ranch graduate Avery Forks, who died last month. The scholarship will help young female artists who want to pursue their dreams just as Avery was doing.
Avery Forks and her mother Kara Dyson. Photo courtesy of Kara Dyson
“Losing my girl, Avery, has been the most heartbreaking thing I have ever experienced,” says her mother Kara Dyson. The Dyson family has lived in Katy for 22 years.
A Cinco Ranch High School Graduate
Avery Forks graduated from Cinco Ranch High School in December 2018, a semester early. While at Cinco Ranch she played volleyball and soccer. Avery was also very active in Grace Fellowship Church in Katy.
She was pursuing her dream of being a talented tattoo artist in Colorado. She passed away in a traffic accident in Colorado on October 11, 2021 at the age of 20.
“Avery’s hard work, talent, spirit and beautiful soul, I believe, could be best honored through the Avery Forks Memorial Scholarship Fund,” says Dyson who created a 501c3 organization, Avery Forks Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Make Scholarship Donations Online
There is a Go Fund page set up to accept donations for the Avery Forks Memorial Scholarship Fund. The goal is set at $100,000 so that they can give up to three scholarships.
“I don’t need anything,” says Dyson. “All donations are for the scholarship and to honor Avery in this way by helping other young woman.”
Avery was a talented artist and was happy pursing her dream. The day she died; she performed her first two tattoos after completing her apprenticeship.
"Avery was genuine, kind, loving, exactly the person you would want your kids to be friends with," says family friend Kari Miller.
Artwork by Avery Forks.
“God gifted Avery with amazing talent and her work was beautiful,” says Dyson. “Not all young female artists have access to the financial means to achieve their dreams.”
Scholarship to Help Art Students Financially, Raise Awareness of Traffic Accident Safety
Dyson wants to assist young artists in Avery's memory so they can pursue their dreams. She also wants to raise awareness by giving the scholarship recipients each a fire extinguisher, glass breaker, and seatbelt cutter. Avery was trapped in her car and these items could have saved her.
“She wasn’t prepared for what happened, neither were the several people who worked to save her life,” says Dyson. She hopes that by giving out such safety items could help save lives and raise awareness.
Criteria Being Set for Scholarships
Dyson is working on setting criteria for an essay part of the scholarship application. She hopes to accept applications later this spring so recipients will be able to use their scholarships in school this fall.
“My daughter worked so hard to get what she wanted, and I want something good to come of this horrific accident,” says Dyson.
For application information as it becomes available, please email Kara Dyson.
“I believe she would love this,” says Dyson. “I believe this honors my baby and would assist young women receive a small portion of the aid needed to pursue the opportunity she did.”