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ESC Region 19 is Proud to Announce Recipients of the Head Start, Wells Fargo Scholarships

Wells Fargo Scholarship

 

(El Paso, TX) May 23, 2019 – Education Service Center Region 19, Head Start, & Wells Fargo partnered to award former Head Start students over $35,000 in direct monetary scholarships.

 

The scholarship program was created to provide financial support and community recognition of outstanding students who are graduates of the Head Start program and have persevered in public education, arriving at their senior year on track to graduate with their academic cohort.

 

A Scholarship Awards Ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the ESC Region 19 Multi-Purpose Center, 11670 Chito Samaniego Dr.

 

This year, over 500 former Head Start students were eligible to apply for the scholarship.

 

To qualify students are required to attend a series of college readiness courses designed to better prepare them for transitioning to college. The courses are provided by ESC Region 19 and UTEP staff.

 

This year, 58 total participants completed the scholarship program college-ready, having completed the Apply Texas for UTEP, EPCC and other colleges and universities. 100% of participants also completed their 2019-2020 FAFSA and are eligible to receive financial aid. 100% of participants are enrolled in a post-secondary institution (60% are attending UTEP, 12% are attending EPCC, and 26% are attending another college/university).

 

Ilana Johnston, graduating senior from Burges Early College High School was awarded a $3,500 scholarship. She plans to attend the pharmacy program at UTEP and one day open her own pharmacy to give back to the El Paso community.

 

“We’re just so proud of her and grateful for the opportunity,” Johnston’s mother said. “Head start has done so much for our family. I was a volunteer for Head start when she attended, and her teachers encouraged me to go to school to become a Head Start teacher. I became a head start teacher and now I teach at one of the districts, so to see the whole thing come full circle and see how much it has done for my family and now my daughter, I’m just really excited for her future.”

 

The scholarship program establishes a partnership between private sector entities and public education to serve as the bridge from the classroom to the real world, preparing students with skills that employees look for in the workplace.

 

“This scholarship program guarantees that all of the participating students will continue on the path towards being college and career ready,” Christopher Nwihim, ESC Region 19 Professional Development Consultant said. “It’s very fulfilling to create partnerships with community organizations like Wells Fargo and UTEP to benefit our students. It takes a village to raise a child and we all realize the need to invest in our students to improve the future of our community.”

 

Students also participated in the UTEP Leadership Camp, which fosters collaboration among peers and professionals to prepare graduates to become university student leaders. Participants receive the opportunity to earn 9 UTEP credit hours through UTEP Prep.

 

Isaac Hernandez, graduating senior from Trans Mountain Early College High School says he plans to use his $1,000 scholarship to help pay for his NMSU fall tuition and books.

 

“The leadership camp was very interesting and helpful for my future,” he said. “We learned a lot of communication and leadership skills, like how to work as a team. I’m a very shy person so I got to know other people and work with them and collaborate with them. It was a very fun experience.”

 

In conjunction with Head Start and Wells Fargo, ESC Region 19 is pleased to announce the following scholarship winners:

 

Acosta

Kalyssa

 

Clint ISD

Horizon Highschool

Ballez

Julianne

A

SISD

El Dorado

Carrillo

Savanna

Marie

Ysleta

J.M. Hanks High school

Chasco

Jessica

 

YISD

Bel Air High School

Cordova

Jesus

Andrew

Ysleta Independent School District

J. M. Hanks High School

Garcia

Alexis

Anahi

Tornillo isd

Tornillo High School

Hernandez

Isaac

 

El Paso Independent School District

Trans Mountain Early College High School

Holguin

Kenya

 

Clint ISD

Horizon High School

Jimenez

Luis

Esteban

Ysleta Independent School District

J.M. Hanks High School

Johnston

Ilana

 

El Paso Independent School District

Burges High School

Maltos

Esmeralda

 

EPISD

Maxine Silva Magnet High School

Padilla

Victor

Manuel

Socorro SISD

Americas High School

Pavia

Elizabeth

 

Socooro ISD

Socorro HS

Ramirez

Stephanie

 

Tornillo ISD

Tornillo High School

Rodriguez

Danielle

 

HARMONY SCIENCE ACAD (EL PASO)

HARMONY SCIENCE ACAD (EL PASO)

Romero

Anthony

 

Canutillo Independent School District

Canutillo High School

Salazar

Vanessa

 

EPISD

Silva Health Magnet

Sanchez

Steven

Ritchard

YISD

Eastwood High School

Sarinana

Arleth

 

Tornillo

Tornillo

Trevino

Dionne

 

El Paso Independent School District

Silva Health Magnet High School

Vasquez

Andrea

 

Socorro Independent School District (SISD)

El Dorado High School

 

For more information on the ESC Region 19 & Wells Fargo Scholarship contact:

Oscar Carrera

ocarrera@esc19.net

(915) 780-6522

 

Christopher Nwihim

cenwihim@esc19.net

(915) 780-6520

 

Visit: https://www.esc19.net/scholarship

 

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