• EPISD Education Foundation awards $92,000 in scholarships to the Class of 2017


    The EPISD Education Foundation made a stop at every senior awards assembly this spring to award $92,000 in scholarship money to the Class of 2017.

    The $92,000 includes 25 scholarships sponsored by Renaissance Learning. Three scholarships – the Coach Robustelli Memorial Scholarship, the Genevieve Gonzalez Scholarship and the Ann Yerby Memorial Scholarship – are being awarded on behalf of the Paso del Norte Foundation. All scholarships are for $1,000.

    Irvin and Jefferson high school also awarded the Coach Archie Duran Memorial Scholarship at their respective awards assembly to honor the coach who played a vital role at both schools. The Duran Memorial Scholarship is one of three awarded by the Irvin Alumni Association for Irvin students.

    “We are proud to give back to our students, allowing them to continue their education and build on the foundation they have already established in EPISD,” said Russell Wiggs, EPISD Education Foundation. “We are grateful for our partnership with Renaissance Learning and their gift of $25,000 which allows us to give 15 more scholarships than last year.”

    Bowie High senior Leslie Llamas proudly accepted her scholarship from Wiggs at her senior awards assembly.

    “I really appreciate it,” said Llamas, who will be a mechanical engineering student at UTEP this fall. “My parents didn’t have enough money to pay for my tuition or books so this is very helpful for me to get my degree.”

    Bowie counselor Melissa Arriola said the EPISD Education Foundation scholarship has a special significance to students.

    “Our kids try so hard and they really look forward in particular to those scholarships because they’re getting something from the District that they’ve been a part of forever,” she said.

    At Franklin’s assembly, Emily O’Rourke stood tall in her purple top 10 percent gown. She received the Renaissance Learning scholarship for earning the highest score from the scholarship reviewers at her campus.

    “It’s so exciting about it. I’m honored to have this opportunity,” O’Rourke said. “After all my hard work in high school, to get this solidifies all that hard work.”

    The Foundation scholarship is one of many O’Rourke has earned to help pay for her tuition at the Massachusetts’ Institute of Technology this fall.  

    “All the scholarships make a difference even though some are bigger, some are smaller,” she said. “There are so many costs in college, so it all helps a ton.”

    The Foundation scholarship is one of two scholarships O’Rourke’s classmate Patrick Daw received to pay for his education at Texas A&M to purse a business degree.

    “I cannot be more honored because I’ve been with EPISD since kindergarten at Polk, Tippin then Hornedo and now Franklin,” he said. “I’ve had a great education.”

    Foundation board members joined with the recipients at their respective awards assembly to congratulate the students. Board of Trustee Bob Geske, who also serves on the Foundation board, congratulated the eight Bowie recipients at their awards assembly on Tuesday.

    “Our Foundation helps our students go to college,” Geske said. “One of our goals as a Trustee is for our students to go to college and get a post secondary education. This helps immeasurably.”

     Below are the scholarship recipients:

    Campus Name Scholarship
    Andress Alexis Castanon Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Andress Daniela Mendoza EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Andress Elisa Terrazas EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Austin  Eduardo Moreno Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Bowie Paola Baca Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Bowie Andrea Colunga Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Bowie Dayanara Colunga Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Bowie Atalia Antuñez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Bowie Veronica Rodriguez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Bowie Daisy Gomez EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Bowie Ivonne Garcia EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Bowie Leslie Llamas EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Burges Julie Jacquez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Burges Mark Williams EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Burges Ryann Parham Coach Lou Robustelli Memorial Scholarship
    Burges Brianna Muñoz Ann Yerby Memorial Scholarship
    CCTA Anai Acevedo Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Chapin Alexis Nevarez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Chapin Victor Contreras EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Chapin Nathan Ramirez EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Coronado Krishn Tahiliani Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Coronado Lucas Reyes EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Coronado Victoria Muñoz EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Coronado Olivia Olivas EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Coronado Connor Jordan EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Coronado Ishank Arora EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Coronado Jaymie Ruddock EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Coronado Vivian Rosas Cruz EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Coronado Angela Trejo EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Coronado Samantha Diwa EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Coronado Logan Zelenak EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Coronado Sofia Del Toro-Chavez EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Coronado Casey Dukes EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    El Paso Victoria Garcia Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    El Paso Victoria Castillo Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    El Paso Rada Koile Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    El Paso Emma Lasley Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    El Paso Miguel Lara Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    El Paso Joaquin Moreno EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    El Paso Megany Guerrero-Guerrero EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    El Paso Andrea Ocanas EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Franklin Emily O'Rourke Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Franklin Alejandra Sandoval-Montañez EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Franklin Malia McNair EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Franklin Patrick Daw EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Franklin Lindsey  Tupper EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Franklin Veronica Martinez EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Franklin Sara Isasi EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Franklin Jack Luvian EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Franklin Paola Quiroz EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Irvin Jennifer Hernandez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Irvin Brandi Medina Irvin Alumni Scholarship
    Irvin Idahlys Soto Irvin Alumni Scholarship
    Irvin Diana Morales EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Irvin Abigail Tarango EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Irvin Grace Muus EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Irvin Luis Amaya Soto EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Irvin Jasmine Pace Yarbrough EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Irvin Cindy Rivas EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Irvin Jessica Barnes EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Irvin Yadira Soto EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Irvin J'Hanee Farrar Coach Archie Duran Memorial Scholarship
    Jefferson Samantha Brown Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Jefferson Jennifer Nuñez Soto Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Jefferson Diego Ramirez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Jefferson Samantha Vargas Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Jefferson Vanessa De La Cruz Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Jefferson Kyra Delgado Coach Archie Duran Memorial Scholarship
    Jefferson Levi Gallegos EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Diana Moreno Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    Silva Nayeli Acosta Genevieve Gonzalez Scholarship
    Silva Oguer Garcia EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Jessica Martinez EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Alondra Arias EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Sarah Diaz EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Miranda Miranda EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Margarita Romero EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Jocelynn De La Rosa EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Luisa Dominguez Aldama EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Rika Takashima EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Alyssa Carroll EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Elizabeth Gandarilla EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Kiara Aguirre EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Yatzareth Aguilar EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Janine Montenegro EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Mia Aguilar EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Valeria Nava EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Kimberly Arenas EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Kody Jones EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    Silva Esmeralda Garfio EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
    TMECHS Francesca Hernandez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
    TMECHS  Amanda Alfsen EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship