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Learning to Heal

Learning to Heal

Simon Greenstone creates a scholarship fund for those impacted by cancer

The law firm Simon Greenstone Panatier was established to provide a voice for those in need, says founding shareholder David Greenstone. “We have spent our careers fighting on behalf of cancer victims and their families and we know how devastating a cancer diagnosis can be,” he says.

To expand the number of people they help, the partners established the Simon Greenstone Panatier Scholarship Fund with Communities Foundation of Texas, which awards multiple scholarships to Dallas County students whose families have been impacted by cancer.

Working with CFT at every stage of the process, the firm is awarding $50,000 in scholarships a year. “We’re so pleased to have CFT as our partners as we make a real difference in the lives of so many deserving kids,” Greenstone says.

Jesus, whose mother is fighting cancer, is one of this year’s recipients. Enrolling at UTA with 64 credit hours toward an engineering degree, he’ll have a great start toward a brighter future.”
Giving Legacy

Giving Legacy

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Giving Opportunity

Giving Opportunity

Chuck and Joan Hensley Family Fund and Joan H. Hensley Scholarship Fund


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Giving Education

Giving Education

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Giving Partnership

Giving Partnership

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A Passion for the Arts

A Passion for the Arts

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