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EPISD seniors earn 7 of 15 available UTEP full-ride scholarships

Terry Scholar at Silva

Seven EPISD seniors have been selected to receive the prestigious Terry Foundation Scholarship – a full ride scholarship to attend the University of Texas at El Paso this fall. 

The Terry scholarship is awarded to only 15 students and covers the cost of attendance, including tuition, books, transportation and room and board. More than 700 students – some as far away as Nepal – applied for the scholarship.

“It has been an honor to work with these students. They are remarkable individuals,” said Corey Bailey, UTEP Director of the Student Engagement and Leadership Center. “The Terry Foundation looks at four different areas: leadership, service, academics and financial need. Those that are selected are some of the best students coming to UTEP.”

Silva Health Magnet student Diana Moreno beamed with joy Tuesday morning when she was presented with her Terry scholarship check.

“It’s incredible. This is the moment I know where all my hard work paid off,” Moreno said. “I’m really excited to be a Terry Scholar.”

Moreno hopes to study biochemistry and pursue a career in the medical field.

“This scholarship gets rid of the financial burden that comes along with college, so I can just focus on my school work and give me a lot of opportunities to reach my goals,” Moreno said.

Representatives from the university will continue making rounds this week to present more academic and Terry scholarships to deserving students like Andress High School student Alexis Castañon. The senior was ecstatic when she found out she was receiving the Terry Foundation Scholarship.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be a recipient of such a prestigious scholarship, and I plan to represent Andress High School in the best of ways as I begin college as a Terry Scholar,” Castañon said. “Being selected for the Terry Foundation Scholarship is the epitome of the hard work I have put into my academics, athletics, and in my community involvement over these past four years, and it is very gratifying.”

Her dedication to the community is what cemented her decision to pursue a career in nursing. 

“In my experience from volunteering in a senior care center and having loved-ones in the hospital, I have learned that patients deserve the highest quality of care,” Castañon said. “My ultimate goal in life is to be an advocate and an aid to patients, and I believe studying nursing and earning a career as a registered nurse will allow me to achieve this goal." 

Below is the complete list of EPISD students receiving the Terry scholarship:

  • Alexis Castañon, Andress High
  • Sarah Daioub, Coronado High
  • Ana Rico, El Paso High
  • Alejandra Sandoval-Montañez, Franklin High
  • Kyra Delgado, Jefferson High
  • Diana Moreno, Silva Health Magnet
  • Francesa Hernandez, Transmountain Early College



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