JWT Scholarship Program

Investing in tomorrow's leaders today.

NDBT is proud to annually award two local high school seniors funds to assist with the cost of college tuition through our James W. Tyra Scholarship Program .

The Story Behind The Scholarship

James W Tyra headshot in black and white
The James W. Tyra Memorial Scholarship was created in honor of James W. Tyra, who served as the first Community Reinvestment Act Officer for North Dallas Bank & Trust Co. Mr. Tyra was passionate in his desire to serve, teach and mentor others, believing that his efforts would result in the personal growth and success of those he helped. Mr. Tyra invested a significant amount of his time and energy in the service of others and was particularly interested in assisting the next generation of Dallas area citizens. This scholarship program was born out of the same spirit Mr. Tyra exhibited throughout his life and is intended to provide annually renewable college scholarships to deserving students residing within the bank’s primary trade areas.

Introducing Our 2023 Scholarship Recipients

LaKyra Hobbs

LaKyra graduated 3rd in her class from Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate High School in Cedar Hill, TX. LaKyra will attend Hampton University and plans to pursue a career in Psychiatry. “With my degree in psychology, I want to guide people’s journey to healing mentally and emotionally”. LaKyra goes on to add that she “is who she is today” because of the example set by her mother: one of perseverance, strength, and self-sacrifice.

Raymundo Narvaes

Raymundo Narvaes graduated top of his class from Irving High School in Irving, Texas. Raymundo will attend A&M Commerce in the fall and plans to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. Raymundo has already obtained his certification in phlebotomy and is eager to explore the world of medicine. Raymundo has faced his own personal health issues and feels as though it has given him a unique appreciation for learning and building a future where he can help bring comfort to others.

Current Scholarship Application Due April 30, 2024

Previous Scholarship Recipients


Jasmine Durrant

Victor Gael Rocha


Ranjita Roka

Eric Gonzalez


Michael Landsbaum

Rahmo Bare


Ashley Hidalgo

Bosco Nkumzurwanda


Michelle Chau

Fnu Farkhunda


Ganga Ram Bhandari

Aimee Shimwa


Katherinne Mainville

Fernando Valzquez


Alejandro Juarez

Shian Omar


Katherine Wagner

Shian Omar

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