The PACE 2021 Scholarship Application process is now open. Please click this link to be taken to the application. The application deadline is 11:59 PM, Sunday January 31, 2021. If you are selected to receive a scholarship you will receive an email and a letter confirming your selection. The names of those winners will be posted on this site prior to the annual scholarship luncheon. Watch this site for more information in coming weeks.
The members of PACE are united to enhance community excellence, spiritual growth, educational opportunity, and leadership.
Our purpose is to serve the community, build friendships and mutual support; pursue educational, family, social and cultural endeavors.
We hope this website will help to answer any questions you have about our organization, and will encourage you to visit with us both virtually and in person.
Please browse through our site to learn more about us and if you have any questions afterward, please feel free to contact us directly and we will be glad to answer them for you.
What We Do
Each year, PACE awards as many $1,000 scholarships as your generous donations to the fund will allow.
How We Do It
In the spring of each year, scholarships of various denominations are given to young women enrolling in colleges, universities, or any institution of higher learning. We hope you will join us in this effort by making a contribution to the PACE Scholarship Fund.
How You Can Help
At PACE, we are always happy to have guests who are interested in becoming a member of our organization, or helping out, join us. We meet the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Josey Ranch Library, 1700 Keller Springs Rd, Carrollton, Texas, unless otherwise posted. We look forward to seeing you at our PACE functions.
Our website is our way of staying connected with friends and family. We hope you enjoy it! Thanks for visiting our site and we look forward to hearing from you soon.
Professional Achievers for Community Excellence
PACE is a 501(c)(3) organization.
P.O. Box 112721 * Carrollton, TX 75011-2721
PACE 2020 Scholarship Recipients
Unfortunately, the PACE 2020 Scholarship Luncheon which was to be will be held at 11:30 AM on April 18, 2020 was cancelled due to social-distancing required in response to coronavirus COVID-19. Recipients were notified via phone, text, email, postal mail of their awards.
This year's recipients are Tiffany Kalu, Alaafia-Ife Vaz, Amarachi Nwaka, Mercy Ayeni, Imari Jordan, Micaela Black, Sonia Ihezie, and Jai Mathis.
For Videos and Personal Statements of the amazing 2020 Scholarship recipients, please click on button below.
PACE 2018 - 2019 Members
PACE Members, from left to right
First Row - Odessa McDonald and Founder Roxanne Forster.
Second Row - Cecilia Smith, Debra Callaway, Martha McConnell, Princella Wilson, Rachel Lewis, Margaret Kyle, Ethel Bowman, Dorothy Williams, Arlene Beasley, and Jo Gardner.
Not Pictured - Tracey Richardson.
Feed the Homeless Project
On Saturday, September 14, 2019 PACE members participated in The Salvation Army Feed-the-Homeless Project at the Carr P. Collins Social Service Center, located at 5302 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX. PACE members served over 350 homeless men, women, and children. Excellent job PACE ladies!
PACE Service Projects and Events
PACE 2020 - 2021
Annual Planning Meeting
During to COVID-19 the PACE Annual Planning Meeting was held via conference call. Members planned events for the upcoming season.. Upcoming meetings and events will be posted on the 2020 - 2021 Calendar of Events link at the top of the page by September 20, 2020.
Meetings will be held via Zoom conferencing until COVID-19 is no longer a concern. Unless advised otherwise, future in-person general meetings will be held the second Sunday of each month (except January and May) at Northside Baptist Church, 2000 N Denton Dr, Carrollton, TX.
PACE 2019 Annual Christmas Gala
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the PACE annual Christmas Gala was not held in 2019. Although PACE is planning on having the gala in 2020, if COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, the Gala will once again, not be held. Watch this space for update to this information
On October 13, 2019, after the regular monthly general meeting, PACE hosted its annual Membership Rush at the Josey Ranch Public Library in Carrollton, Texas. In attendance were PACE members, the Pacettes and their parents and guardians, and persons interested in being PACE members. Guests were given information about how and why PACE was formed, its goals and accomplishments. Light refreshments were served.
PACE once again participated in the Carrollton MLK parade in January 2017.
History of the PACE African American Read-In
Professional Achievers for Community Excellence is proud to have hosted an African American Read-In during Black History month in Partnership with the Carrollton library since 2005. To quote from the National African American Read-In website: “At its November 1989 meeting, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English accepted the Issues Committee's recommendation that the Black Caucus sponsor a nationwide Read-In on the first Sunday of February. At the request of educators, Monday was designated for educational institutions. Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, an active member of NCTE and the Black Caucus, brought the idea to the Committee. It was envisioned that following a decade of rigorous campaigning for participants, the African American Read-Ins would become a traditional part of Black History Month celebrations. The commitment for nationwide promotion extends from 1990 to the present. In 1990, the National Council of Teachers of English joined in the sponsorship of the African American Read-In Chain.
"The African American Read-In (AARI) . . . is built on an ambitious yet confident premise: that a school and community reading event can be an effective way to promote diversity in children’s literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African American authors" (NCTE Council Chronicle, November 2014).”
PACE became interested in doing a Read-In in 2005 when Doris Moon and Roxanne Forster served as president and vice president of the club and were trying to plan a Black History month program. Roxanne had the opportunity to attend a Read-In program organized by DCCCD free to the community. Dallas County Community College District spearheaded the task of putting on the first Kick off Read-In event at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas. For many years they invited local celebrities, dancers, singers, actors and other volunteers to take part in this huge undertaking.
In addition they encouraged local community groups, churches, libraries or just groups of friends to sponsor their own Read-In by providing tote bags, tee- shirts, books, pens, and pencils to them for free from donations they had received from sponsors so that groups could give them out to the people who attended their program or event.
The rest is history. Later with assistance from the Carrollton Public Library and recently the Friends of the Library, PACE has been able to continue to honor Black History month, encourage reading, and serve the community by hosting the African American Read-In.
PACE 2019 African American Read-In
PACE, in conjunction with the Josey Ranch Lake Branch of the Carrollton Public Library will present their annual African American Read-In at 4PM on February 10, 2019.
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P.O. Box 112721 * Carrollton, TX 75011-2721