The Monica Kenney Scholarship

The Monica Kenney Scholarship

Tell me about a time you overcame adversity. How did you, or did you overcome it? Did you achieve any goals despite possible challenges?

Monica graduated with Honors from Skyline High School in Dallas, TX. Monica was a very academically gifted student. In middle school, Monica was in the gifted and talented program. In high school, Monica was a straight A student at Skyline High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated in the top 10 of her class. After high school graduation, Monica attended Cedar Valley Community College and aspired to go into the insurance industry and obtain her insurance license.


Monica enjoyed working with numbers, reading, playing games on her phone (she mastered many of the games), she grew to love cooking (thanks to Instapot) and spending quality time with her children in whatever brought them joy and helped them to excel in their lives. Her children were her world. Monica also took great joy in spending time with her other family members especially her mom, sister, nieces and nephews and extended family. She was a strong and dedicated woman who took great pride in leading her family and helping them in any way she could.


Monica was a tireless servant leader in the community. She served on multiple boards and committees and dedicated her time and resources to make the community stronger. She enjoyed donating to causes and she served with the Best Southwest Partnership, Leadership Southwest, local Rotary Clubs, the local Chambers of Commerce including the Desoto Chamber of Commerce, Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce and Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, For The Kids of Cedar Hill PAC and the Cedar Hill ISD Education Foundation (CHEF).


Monica’s passion for education led her to serve in multiple roles with the CHEF starting in 2016 which included President, VP of Development and Immediate Past President. She was instrumental in helping CHEF raise thousands of dollars in donations for education. She began her career in banking at Chase Bank where she started as a talented Personal Banker and was eventually promoted to Relationship Manager. In 2014, she began her career with Frost Bank. Most recently, she was the Senior VP of Commercial Lending. She was a valued and loved employee by her colleagues and her clients. Monica was known throughout the DFW community as one of the top African American female Commercial Bankers and was often sought after for speaking engagements or to serve on panels due to her professionalism and knowledge of the industry.