About Us

Frances Brownlie 'Para to Professional' Scholarship

In an effort to 'grow our own teachers', Mansfield ISD has partnered with the MISD Education Foundation to create a scholarship program for currently employed MISD paraprofessionals who want to become teachers.  Generous donations were made by community supporters who understand the importance of education and in 2019, the Frances Brownlie Para to Professional Scholarship was born.

Mansfield ISD is seeking applicants for the following certification areas: special education, math, science, Spanish, and bi-lingual education. This scholarship program will help paraprofessionals not only earn their teaching certificate but will also put them on track to earn their Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. And even more good news, participants who complete the certification program will be only 3-4 classes away from earning their masters!


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply? MISD employees who:

  • Currently work in Mansfield ISD as a paraprofessional
  • Hold a Bachelor's degree and meet all college acceptance policies
  • Desire to be certified in the area of Special Education or English Language Learners
  • Have a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of college course work

How do I apply?

To apply contact:
Fernando Benavides

Will the Frances Brownlie Scholarship pay for a test preparation course?

Yes. We realize it may have been a while since you have been in school and earned your bachelor’s degree and we want to help you be successful. The Education Foundation will reimburse each applicant for approved test prep courses and program entrance exams. 

What if I do not pass the exam, will I still reimburse me for my exam and test prep course?

Yes, the MISD Education Foundation will still reimburse you for the cost of the prep class and exam, with the required documentation submitted. 

Who pays the Tarleton tuition?

The Mansfield ISD Education Foundation will pay all tuition fees directly to Tarleton.

Will the program pay for my books, test prep, and testing?

Yes. You will pay for your books needed for your classes, submit the required documentation/receipts required and the MISD Education Foundation will reimburse you, usually within 3-5 business days.


Who do I contact for more information?              

Main Contact:

Fernando Benavides

For Para Reimbursements                         

Liz Wright                             

Tarleton TMATE Program  

Dr. Laura Estes        


About the namesake, Frances Brownlie

Mary Keller Brownlie
Beloved Mother and Grandmother
Dec. 9, 1923 - Feb. 13, 2013

Frances was a loving mother and grandmother, a kind and true friend and an expert at baking chocolate chip cookies. She was known for her incredible work ethic, her ready laugh, quick wit, and kind spirit.

Frances was born in Minnesota, moved to California after graduating high school and proudly worked as a “Rosie the Riveter”. Frances took great pride in her work repairing B-17s damaged in combat. Frances was married 41 years and had two children. Her children and grandchildren adored her and are happy her legacy is continuing through this scholarship.

Her friends and family are sure that it would make Frances proud to be a part of bettering the lives of other individuals by giving them the opportunity to obtain their teaching certificate through the Mansfield ISD scholarship that bears her name.

  • test