A gaggle of hard-working, high-achieving Killeen ISD highschool seniors obtained some welcomed shock information just lately on the eve of spring break.
The KISD Education Foundation and Alumni Association shocked 70 college students at 5 highschool campuses with a mixed complete of $95,200 in school scholarships, essentially the most ever for the muse’s scholarship program.
Education Foundation Director Joyce Hodson praised college students for taking the time to fill out functions and take part in interviews. The complete scholarship quantities have risen considerably through the years.
“In 2005, we only had the money to give $250,” Hodson recalled. “At our 10-year anniversary, we gave a total of $21,000 to seven students. This year was the most ever, awarding 70 students over $95,000.”
The scholarships come from endowments funded by means of native donors.
At every faculty Thursday, KISD Foundation and Alumni Association representatives joined faculty district and campus leaders to have a good time with college students.
At every faculty, counselors gathered the scholars in the library, entrance workplace or at outdoors the entrance door to disclose the shock.
For seniors ending a grading interval earlier than the one-week spring break and the ultimate push of highschool, the congratulatory certificates represented pleasure, reduction and pleasure for his or her subsequent step.
“I’m really happy,” mentioned Early College High School senior Liyah Woods after opening her envelope to seek out out she gained a $1,000 Lions Pride Scholarship.
“I’ve been applying for scholarships for four years, so I’m really happy and relieved. My efforts were worthwhile.” She plans to attend Texas A&M University-Central Texas to review nursing and psychiatry.
“I feel fortunate and grateful,” mentioned Woods. “I’m thankful for Early College.”
“I almost cried,” mentioned Harker Heights High School senior Celeste Fuentes. She obtained a $1,000 Whitis Foundation scholarship.
“I’m depending on scholarships to help pay for college and this means a lot.” She is planning to attend Texas Tech University and desires to review enterprise and regulation.
“It’s really phenomenal,” mentioned Killeen High School senior Noah Ortega Lara, who claimed he’s “not the best in academics.”
Still, Lara performs trumpet in the band and is a wrestler and baseball participant, in addition to president of Upward Bound. He is headed to Texas State University to review mechanical engineering.
“It’s exciting and scary to be coming to the end of high school,” mentioned Lara. “I’m really thankful for this school.” He obtained a $2,500 scholarship from Hunter Rentals and Sales.
“This means a lot to me,” mentioned Shoemaker High School senior Anabella Strong. She gained a $1,000 Alumni Association Scholarship. “It feels like my hard work is being recognized.”
She is probably going on her strategy to Seton Hall University to review nursing. “I’m trying to make the most of the rest of the school year,” mentioned Strong, who’s Battalion Commander for the Shoemaker Junior ROTC.
“I’ve tried to go above and beyond to make a difference. I’m pretty proud of myself.”
“It makes my way to college a little easier,” mentioned Ellison High School senior Marisol Lopez, who gained a $1,000 Alumni Association Scholarship. “I can worry less.” She is on her strategy to the University of North Texas to review style design.
The formal award ceremony is scheduled Thursday, March 24 at 6 p.m. on the Central Texas College Anderson Campus Center.
The similar occasion will honor this yr’s KISD Distinguished Alumni. There is a reception at 5:15 p.m.
The roving scholarship reveal celebration stops included the next:
Harker Heights High School, 19 college students obtained a complete of $29,890.
Ellison High School, 15 college students obtained a complete of $17,780.
Killeen High School, 13 college students obtained a complete of $17,890.
Early College High School, 13 college students obtained a complete of $16,500.
Shoemaker High School,10 college students obtained a complete of $13,140.