Friday, May 27, 2016

Spring Branch Education Foundation Awards 127 Scholarships

Pictured are Lissa Schwartz (left) and Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri (right) with Spring Branch Education Foundation Scholarship recipients.
Spring Branch ISD graduates receive $135,000

A record number of Spring Branch Independent School District seniors - 127 - received a total of $135,000 in scholarships at the Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) 2016 Bright Stars of SBISD, Celebrating Academic Excellence awards program on May 19 at The Westin Houston, Memorial City.

The event, hosted by SBEF, honored scholarship recipients as well as Teachers and Principals of the Year for 2015-16. “These seniors and educators are stand-outs who represent so many bright stars in Spring Branch ISD,” SBEF Executive Director Cece Thompson said. “It’s a privilege to recognize them.”

“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.”

Pictured are CITGO STEM Scholarship recipients.

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 2015 to contribute to SBEF’s 2015-16 Employee Campaign scholarship fund, they eagerly responded.

Pictured are Employee Campaign Scholarship recipients.

“The response was so great that we awarded a $1,000 scholarship to every applicant - 47 graduates. We are thrilled!” Thompson said.

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Employee Campaign Scholarship, $1,000
Academy of Choice – Luis Funes, Katelynn Hollister
Memorial High School – Carol Ann Iler, Victoria Lioliou, Omar Olivares-Cordero, Regan Reese, Rachel Robertson, Courtney Slattery, Kelsey Slattery, Teresa Vergult
Northbrook High School – Daisy Castillo, Oscar Herrera, Ashley Oliva
Spring Woods High School – Jacquelyn Andrade, Clarissa Cano, Jessenia Covarrubias, Brittany Garcia, Kevin Lucas, Andrew Martinez, Kendall Neal
Stratford High School – Kelcy Allen, Thomas Birdsong, Ryan Brown, Marianna Davis, William Fowler, Andre Frederick, Megan Gardner, Emily Gex, Sawyer Greenhill, Melanie Hastings, Helen Hemphill, Addison Johnson, Isobel Makin, Taylor Meyer, Nicholas Phucas, Natalya Pomeroy, Mary-Kate Scurlock, Hugh Sharp, Jared Willis
Westchester Academy for International Studies – Zeynep Dikmen, Clinton Dougher, Marie Drosche, Jon Lim, Joshua McCune, Jesid Post, Emily Ripkowski, Diana Villareal

Other scholarships were presented to SBISD graduates by individuals or organizations, funded through SBEF.

Advocates of Education Scholarship, $1,000
Wade Borrer, Melissa Cisneros, Milton Rico Hernandez, Janeth Lopez, Marvin Melgar, Tuan Le Q, Ramon Vargas, Maryuri Ventura, Northbrook High School

Warren Barfield Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Henry Baring, Andrew Kelly, James Lewis, Benjamin Moak, Sydney Slack, Stratford High School

Andres Bautista Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Sarah Garcia, Jose Gonzalez Valles, Nhi Ho, Ruth Lopez, Enrique Urdiales Sosa, Spring Woods High School

Benjamin Cuellar Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Kiana Banafshay, Stratford High School

Chris Gilbert Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Sophia Park, Spring Woods High School

CITGO STEM Scholarship, $1,000
Fredy Corrales, Northbrook High School
Ashton Bates, Danielle Greene, Steven Grooms, Abigail Hirst, Mariam Khaldoon, David Mogilevsky, Alexander Plant, Alyssa Plant, John Strong, Nicolas Terrazas, Stratford High School
Anthony Gonzalez, Kevin Le, Emily Navejar, Daniel Villagomez, Westchester Academy for International Studies

Council of PTAs Scholarship, $1,000
Sarah Stephenson, Memorial High School
Jasmin Rodriguez, Northbrook High School
Shane Promsaka, Spring Woods High School
Lawrence Collins Jr., Emily Joseph, Stratford High School
Sara Farrokhi, Westchester Academy for International Studies

Friends of SBEF Scholarship, $1,000
Charles Sewall Howell, Stratford High School

Frostwood Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Emma Lay, Memorial High School

Goldstein Altman Scholarship, $2,000
Allison Eggert, Madha Faisal, Uma Jacobs, Jonathan Keith, Matthew Stephenson, Memorial High School

Dr. Hal Guthrie Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Judith Chan, Northbrook High School

Hunters Creek Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Madeleine Batiz, Stratford High School

Meadow Wood Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Sean Hurst, Stratford High School

Memorial Middle PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Jackson Holland II, Yuna Kim, Stratford High School

Nabors Industries Scholarship, $1,000
Sung Kim, Stratford High School

Monica Neubauer Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Bahareh Sharafi, Kaiwen Shen, Memorial High School

Rachel Pendray Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Dana Duong, Melisa Lopez Emiliano, Matthew Rodgers, Spring Woods High School

Prosperity Bank Scholarship, $1,000
Karenza Shepherd, Northbrook High School

Rummel Creek Elementary Scholarship, $1,000
Katherine Thomas, Stratford High School

Shadow Oaks Elementary PTA Scholarship, funded by Valley Oaks Elementary PTA, $1,000
Esteban Gomez, Spring Woods High School

Spring Branch Education Foundation Scholarship, $1,000
Mario Sidonio, Northbrook High School
Olivia Brady, Justin Carlin, Darian Julun, Molly Murphy, Collins Rush, Stratford High School
Sam Farrokhi, Westchester Academy for International Studies

Spring Branch Lions Club Scholarship, $1,000
Xinyu Liu, Stratford High School

Spring Forest Middle School PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Claire Koenig, Stratford High School

Stratford High School PTSA Sister School Scholarship, $1,000
Elvira Campos, Amy Castillo, Magdalena Delgado, Northbrook High School

Valley Oaks Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Kennedy Conlee, Spring Woods High School

Judy Weisend Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Kayla Smith, Stratford High School

Wells Fargo & Company Scholarship, $1,000
Sarah Calhoun, Stratford High School
Wilchester Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Julia Gex, Stratford High School

Wilchester Men’s Club Scholarship, $2,500
Jennifer Brann, Reilly Lawrence, Stratford High School

Community members who wish to support scholarship programs are invited to make tax-deductible donations to the Foundation and earmark it for scholarships. Call 713-251-2381 or visit the Spring Branch Education Foundation website for more information.

About Spring Branch Education Foundation:
Spring Branch Education Foundation is committed to supporting SBISD students and educators. It partners with the district and community to fund programs that enhance education and prepare students for the future. Since 1993, the Foundation has donated more than $9 million to the district. In 2015, dewey & associates ranked SBEF 17th in the nation among K-12 education foundations and number one in its division of foundations with $1 million to $1,999,999 in revenues. SBEF is a 501(c)3 organization; all donations are tax deductible.


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