Friday, May 30, 2014

Spring Branch Education Foundation awards 81 scholarships

Spring Branch ISD graduates receive $92,000

Eighty-one Spring Branch Independent School District seniors received scholarships at the Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) 2014 Bright Stars of SBISD, Celebrating Academic Excellence awards program on May 16.

The inaugural event, hosted by SBEF and chaired by Casey Rowe, honored scholarship recipients as well as Teachers and Principals of the Year for 2012-13 and 2013-14. “It is a privilege to recognize these seniors and educators. They are stand-outs who represent so many bright stars in Spring Branch ISD,” Rowe said.

“The evening is not just another opportunity to award higher education scholarships,” Warren Matthews, SBEF Scholarship Committee chair, said. “We publicly pay tribute to our seniors for their achievements, to the educators who have prepared our honorees for the next stage of their lives and to our community leaders and volunteers for their support and involvement in educating our youth.
“Spring Branch ISD has a goal to double the number of graduates who earn four-year or two-year degrees or technical certificates. SBEF’s scholarship program supports that goal, one student at a time.”

Throughout the school year, Spring Branch ISD staff members contribute to the SBEF Employee Campaign, funding scholarships for SBISD graduates who are children of district employees.
When employees were asked in August 2013 to contribute to SBEF’s 2013-14 Employee Campaign scholarship fund, they eagerly responded.

“The response was so great that we awarded a $1,000 scholarship to every applicant – a record 43 graduates. We are thrilled!” said Cece Thompson, SBEF executive director.

Employee Campaign Scholarships, $1,000
  • Oksana  Aviles, Westchester Academy for International Studies
  • Clementine Berranger, Stratford High School
  • Louis Birdsong, Stratford High School
  • William Collier, Stratford High School
  • Jonathan Alexander Colon, Stratford High School
  • Samuel  Cordova, Stratford High School
  • Kelly Cuevas, Stratford High School
  • McGregor Dalton, Stratford High School
  • Fiona Fahey, Stratford High School
  • Alexis Frederick, Stratford High School
  • Arielle Garcia, Spring Woods High School
  • Kristine Tarae Gilpin, Memorial High School
  • Christopher Heiser, Spring Woods High School
  • Hector Hernandez, Spring Woods High School
  • Jacqueline John, Stratford High School
  • Adam Kassir, Westchester Academy for International Studies
  • Will Klussmann, Stratford High School
  • Christian McLane Ledgard, Memorial High School
  • Austin Lee, Spring Woods High School
  • Rachel Loving, Westchester Academy for International Studies
  • Jonathan Martinez, Stratford High School
  • Amy Mata, Stratford High School
  • Daniel McGuire, Stratford High School
  • Alexandria Miller, Westchester Academy for International Studies
  • Niall Miner, Westchester Academy for International Studies
  • Kaung Myat Minn, Northbrook High School
  • Brandon Montano, Westchester Academy for International Studies
  • Ernesto Najera, Spring Woods High School
  • Lorenzo Pacheco, Memorial High School
  • Jenny Payton, Stratford High School
  • Jacob Pennington, Stratford High School
  • Sergio Razo, Spring Woods High School
  • Riley Reese, Memorial High School
  • Christian Rice, Spring Woods High School
  • Domenique Rieder-Gasca, Memorial High School
  • Ashley Rodriguez, Westchester Academy for International Studies
  • Kylie Schaper, Stratford High School
  • Maria Paula Serrano, Stratford High School
  • Charles Matthew Shannon, Spring Woods High School
  • Leslie Solis, Northbrook High School
  • Shawn Taylor, Stratford High School
  • Andrew Whitten, Spring Woods High School
  • Ashley Wood, Stratford High School
Other scholarships were presented to SBISD graduates by individuals or organizations, funded through SBEF.

Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum Scholarship, $1,000
Elizabeth Gahn, Stratford High School

Andrea White Scholarship, $1,000
Caroline Kelly, Stratford High School

Barry Abrams Scholarship, $1,000
Alyssa Nguyen, Westchester Academy for International Studies

Diane Jackson Scholarship, $1,000
Sana Ahmed, Stratford High School

Doug Foshee Scholarship, $1,000
Andrea Sklar, Stratford High School 

Frostwood PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Marcus DeAyala, Memorial High School 

Goldstein Altman Scholarships, $2,000
David Cremins, Nak Yun Kim, Jose Paul Molina, Vitoria Moreno-Costa, Kaitlin Santibanez, Memorial High School

Hal Guthrie Scholarship, $1,000
Edwin Moises Palacio, Northbrook High School

Houston Westchase Rotary Club Scholarships, $4,000
Lauren Iozzio, Northbrook High School
Saul Isaac Lopez, Westchester Academy for International Studies

Memorial Middle PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Campbell Ross, Stratford High School

Monica Neubauer Scholarships, $1,000
Kathryn Ellis, Haley Kurisky, Memorial High School

Prosperity Bank Scholarship, $1,000
Justine White, Stratford High School

Rachel Pendray Scholarship, $1,000
Hannah Cochran, Spring Woods High School

Shantamboo Charity Scholarships, $1,000
Mary Kathryn Goss, Stratford High School
Paola Gutierrez, Westchester Academy for International Studies

Spring Branch Education Foundation Scholarship, $1,000
David Pham, Westchester Academy for International Studies

Spring Branch Lions Club Scholarships, $1,000
Maria Alvarez, Alexandra Castro, Marissa Clark, Bao Tran Ma, Karina Mendoza, Christian Rice, Spring Woods High School
Jennifer Barcenas, My Ngoc Nguyen, Northbrook High School

Also at the Bright Stars of SBISD event, the SBISD Council of PTAs awarded eight scholarships:

Judy Weisend Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Ryan Cowell, Memorial High School

Wells Fargo Scholarship, $1,000
Rebecca Swan, Stratford High School

SBISD PTA Council/SBEF Scholarships, $1,000
Philip Chen, Rebecca Dubner, Katy Gallion, Katherine Mavergeorge, Sarah Shelton, Stratford High School                 
Connor June, Westchester Academy for International Studies
Community members who wish to support scholarship programs are invited to make tax-deductible donations to the Foundation and earmark it for that program.

Call 713-251-2381 or visit for more information.

About Spring Branch Education Foundation
The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of education for every student in SBISD. Founded in 1993, SBEF provides donors with a vehicle for making tax-deductible gifts to the district. The Foundation has raised almost $8 million and received the Houston Business Promise Award from the Greater Houston Partnership.


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