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Meet OUR scholars

SCHOLARS OF 2020

Andrea Torres

World Languages Institute (FWISD)

“I am a determined scholar because I want to pursue further education in order to accomplish the goals I have in life.”

Andrea’s career goal is to become a software engineer at Lockheed Martin in order to work for a company that allows the possibility of travel while working in a career for which she is passionate. In school she serves as vice-president of the student council and is a founding member of the Hispanic Honor Society. In her free time, Andrea likes to connect with her Mexican roots and express herself with Ballet Folklorico and volunteer in her community. An accomplishment she is proud of is receiving the Global Navigator Scholarship that allowed her to study abroad in France for the summer allowing her to perfect her French.

Angel Hinojoza

Polytechnic High School (FWISD)

"I am a determined scholar because I want to study to be able to move my family forward and make them proud. I want to study to help make a positive difference in people's lives. I am a Determined Scholar because through educating myself and overcoming adversity I want to make worthwhile contributions to the world."

Angel plans to study Communication Design with a focus on Graphic Design. He’d like to work in a company where he promotes positive messages to people in need through some of the most widely known forms of visual communication, whether it be through the film, gaming, or advertising industries. Currently, his primary focus is school, but part-time jobs as a mechanic and now a professional mariachi bass player also take much of his time. Angel enjoys playing music, playing video games, and building and repairing things. One of his major accomplishments is be being accepted into the Dream Big Scholars program, as it is the first scholarship he’s been awarded, and it has made his parents very proud. “I know that with Dream Big I am on the right path to achieve my future aspirations.”

Bae Reh

O.D. Wyatt High School (FWISD)

“I am a determined scholar because I want to prove that you can achieve anything despite the challenges and struggles you’ve faced.”

In post-secondary education, Bae plans to devote his love of math to engineering. He aspires to directly contribute to the creation of technology or ideas that could alter people’s lives for the better. Outside of school, he works part-time for his necessities and contributes to his family from time to time. He’s currently a part of his school’s soccer team and student council. In his free time, he finds ways to give back by volunteering in his community. Bae is proud of balancing a part-time job and his academics; while taking challenging courses, he manages to maintain a high GPA and be one of the top students in his class. Despite having challenges at home, Bae continues to set education as his priority and be a first-generation college student.

Brittany McHenry

Arlington Heights High School (FWISD)

“I am a determined scholar because I channel lifelong challenges into lifelong goals, and I always take any opportunity to grow as a steppingstone to success.”

Brittany plans to pursue either engineering or chemistry with a possible minor in neuroscience. She would love to conduct undergraduate research in the field of medicine focusing on the efficacy of new pain medications and therapies and the role that the nervous system plays in pain reception and how it can be manipulated. Outside of academics, Brittany works a few days a week to save up for college and support her family and is a member of numerous clubs and sports at school. Her favorites are soccer, cross country, UIL academics and programming club. Brittany is proud of taking a rigorous course load while also juggling extracurriculars and helping out at home with her family’s health issues. Several immediate family members have had or are facing cancer, but Brittany continues to be determined to succeed in school while also contributing to her community.

Ceci Delgado

Southwest High School (FWISD)

“I’m a determined scholar because I want to succeed and be a better me than I was yesterday.”

Ceci aspires to be a registered nurse, specifically a trauma nurse, in order to continue her love of helping people. Ceci balances academics and a part-time job with her school activities including volleyball, soccer, and student body historian. Ceci spends any free time she has with her family, painting, or enjoying the outdoors. She’s most proud of being accepted into the highly selective summer program (HS)^2.

Lesley Omenge

Sam Houston High School (FWISD)

“I am a determined scholar because I want to use my experiences to serve others and give them an opportunity to have a voice of their own.”

One of Lesley’s future aspirations is to travel and learn people's stories. She wants to create an organization that serves impoverished children globally, to not only help them with their immediate needs but also focus on nurturing their education and intellectual pursuits. Lesley enjoys dancing and learning dances from different cultures. An accomplishment she’s proud of is being able to combine two identities, being Kenyan and American, and managing both spaces and finding where she belongs.

Lluvia Gaucin

North Side High School (FWISD)

“I am a determined scholar because I believe that the only obstacle to success is yourself. Embracing the challenges in my life has helped me grow as both a person and a student.”

Lluvia is the oldest of five children and is involved in numerous school clubs and organizations. She is vice president of her class, student council president, and secretary for North Side's mariachi program. She takes the most pride in being a violinist for the school's award-winning mariachi ensemble—Mariachi Espuelas de Plata— and in her stance as an All-State UIL writer. Aside from balancing her rigorous coursework with extracurriculars and home responsibilities, Lluvia also finds it to be her mission to pave the way for her younger siblings with her commitment to being the first in the family to graduate from college. Lluvia aspires to become a prominent writer and journalist for a newspaper such as The New York Times.

Marvin Galdamez

North Side High School (FWISD)

“I am a determined scholar because I believe that you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to regardless of the obstacles that get in your way.”

Marvin values the health and the safety of others. He believes that caring for the health of others is important and aspires to attend medical school in the future and become a physician. At an earlier age, he assisted in taking care of his mother who battled a heart condition which now serves as his source of drive and motivation to become a doctor.  As a first-generation college student, he plans to make his family proud by becoming the first high school graduate and doctor in his family. Marvin participates in numerous clubs and organizations serving in leadership positions for several including class president, treasurer of the Mariachi Program, historian for the Student Council, a member of National Honor Society, and a violinist for the award-winning varsity mariachi group - Espuelas de Plata. Marvin gives back to the community by volunteering at book giveaways that gave hundreds of books for free for all ages, mentoring elementary level students, and participating in the Texas Wesleyan Upward Bound Program.

SCHOLARS OF 2019

Ashley Hart

Arlington Heights High School (FWISD)

“I am a determined scholar because I have faith in myself and know I can achieve many great things and help many people along the way.”

Ashley cares deeply about learning and knowledge and wants to become a teacher to give back to her community and to future generations. In addition to her strong academic performance, she is the manager of a clothing store and finds time to serve her community. Ashley is involved in the Literacy Rally, the Arlington Heights Special Olympics and the After School Cleanup Crew.

Isabella Diaz

Southwest High School (FWISD)

“I am a determined scholar because I want to make change in the world by giving my story.”

Never one to turn down a challenge, Izzy is the first in her class and the only one of her high school to be chosen for a prestigious summer enrichment program in STEM and college preparation. At home, she helps care for her family, but still volunteers her time teaching young children. Izzy aspires to become an engineer and work in the oil and gas industry to both provide for her family and preserve the environment.

Jenny Fierro

Arlington Heights High School (FWISD)

“I am a determined scholar because I have a strong desire for knowledge.”

Jenny is one of a few high scholars who has spent time exploring her interests in both the arts and science. She plans to channel these interests into a career in Aeronautical Engineering, with the goal of working for NASA. When not pursuing her academic interests, Jenny is heavily involved in community service and her school’s tennis team. Jenny has overcome many obstacles in her pursuit of a higher education, including hearing loss.

Martha Wilson

South Hills High School (FWISD)

“I am a determined scholar because I work hard and always give my best effort. I find solutions whenever a problem arises and am not afraid to ask for guidance.”

Martha has wanted to be a teacher from a very young age and has spent much of her time in the classroom helping others and preparing for this career. She worked for a year on a project to help children with learning disabilities read, and when she noticed their classrooms didn’t have as many books as others, she started book drives and collected over 100 books (and counting). As a member of Texas Association of Future Educators, Martha qualified for a national competition with her book drive project. Martha also is involved in track and band, where she became drum captain as a sophomore.

Melany Rodriguez

World Languages Institute (FWISD)

“I am a determined scholar because my dream is to go to college and make my family proud. I want to help others reach their goals.”

With awards in speech and art, Melany has much to be proud of from her list of accomplishments. She is class president and leader of the student newsletter. Melany has also traveled to Japan twice as a Fort Worth Sister City Youth Ambassador and a recipient of the Yamagata Emerging Leader Scholarship. Melany hopes to work for NASA and is interested in pursuing a degree in STEM to be the first of her family to attend college.

Roberto Aguilar

Arlington Heights High School (FWISD)

“I am a determined scholar because I know success and prosperity is an internal process that requires the support of your friends and family, regardless of your origin.”

Roberto’s determination helps him balance rigorous academics and a job, all while demonstrating a strong commitment to his parents and siblings. Expected to be the first of his family to go to college, Roberto continually overcomes barriers to success in and outside of school. He works hard to lift up and encourage his friends in the classroom and on the soccer field. Roberto plans to pursue his love of math through a career as an engineer or accountant. In his free time, Roberto enjoys spending time outside hiking, climbing and kayaking.

SCHOLARS OF 2018

Janette Estupinan

Young Women's Leadership Academy (FWISD)

“I am a Determined Scholar because I do not allow my limitations to restrict my future goals."

A Fort Worth native, Janette has not allowed significant health barriers to prevent her from being an active leader at her school and in volunteer projects. Janette excels in school as an honor student, member of the National Honor Society and Class President. She also works with younger girls to help them succeed through the Sister Assisting Sixth Grade Sisters mentorship program. Janette plans to study biomedical engineering in order to contribute to the medical field by developing medical equipment and improved treatment methods for patients.

Kelsey Joyce

Arlington High School (AISD)

“I am a Determined Scholar because I want to be somebody's role model someday."

A talented oboist, Kelsey is an active member of her school's band and orchestra and the Arlington Youth Symphony. Kelsey was raised by her grandparents and is determined to be the first person in her family to graduate from college. She is passionate about her music and made All-State Solo and Ensemble the past few years and made All City band for three consecutive years. Kelsey works hard to be a good role model for both her younger brothers. She plans to study music performance and someday be a part of a professional orchestra.

Kristian Gaytan

Young Men's Leadership Academy (FWISD)

“I am a Determined Scholar because failure is not an option. I am expected to learn and entitled to achieve.”

Kristian, a native Fort Worthian, was raised by his mother, who he credits with providing the inspiration to tackle any obstacle. In addition to working and serving as Class President, Kristian organized and led the first annual Latino Heritage Program. He created the Heritage Program to encourage a greater understanding of the diversity of Latin culture and history by students at YMLA. Kristian plans to double major in global business and ethnic studies and hopes to ultimately work on human rights with the United Nations.

Lumiere Bisisi

O.D. Wyatt High School (FWISD)

“I am a Determined Scholar because I allow the obstacles I've overcome to shape who I am."

One of seven children, Lumiere came to Texas from the Democratic Republic of Congo two years ago. In addition to a job, Lumiere finds time to volunteer in his community and church. As a
young man in the Kakuma camp, Lumiere was determined to further his education, often walking several miles to school. His experiences in the refugee camp watching neighbors lose loved ones because of limited medical resources have inspired him to go to college and medical school to be a neurosurgeon.

SCHOLARS OF 2017

Brian Dickson Jr.

Young Men’s Leadership Academy (FWISD)

"I am a Determined Scholar because I don’t allow my challenges in life to limit my level of success."

Brian is a Fort Worth native. He helps support his family financially with part time jobs and still maintains a high GPA. Brian’s drive to succeed is evident through his love of the arts. He was the first in his school to receive a varsity letter in his arts program and he is current president of the YMLA choir club.

Daniela Romero

Arlington Heights High School (FWISD)

"I am a Determined Scholar because of my hard work, ambition, and commitment to strive for a better future."

Daniela is a native to Fort Worth. Daniela has been very diligent to teach her mother English and this has led to her being promoted at her place of work. She is extremely motivated to be the first in her family to go to college and wants to go into veterinary medicine.

Jacob Wells

Southwest High School (FWISD)

"I am a Determined Scholar because I am persistent in my pursuit of a strong education to create a better future."

Jacob is a native to Fort Worth. He works almost full time as the sole provider for his family while attending school full time, keeping up his GPA and being involved in school activities. In addition, to financially helping his family, he also is the caregiver and role model for his three younger brothers.. He is mature beyond his years and wants to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism. He dreams of one day being a sports announcer.

Maria Villagomez

Trimble Technical High School (FWISD)

"I am a Determined Scholar because I do not give up at the sight of failure. I am disciplined and hopeful for my future."

Maria is a student who came to the USA from Mexico in 2nd grade. Her family works seven days a week to make ends meet. Maria is a role model to her two younger sisters and her new baby brother. She is determined to be the first in her family to go to college and wants to become a nurse to help others.

Niang Muang

Trimble Technical High School (FWISD)

"I am a Determined Scholar because I am optimistic for my future."

Niang is a student originally from Burma, Myanmar. She has worked very hard to learn English and just recently received all A’s. Niang volunteers through her school and church plus holds part time work in her spare time.  She strives to be the first in her family to attend college and hopes to lead by example for her two little sisters.

Nikita Kabir

Arlington High School (AISD)

"I am a Determined Scholar because I make use of every opportunity I am given and I do not give up."

Nikita is originally from Bangladesh and comes from a single mother household. Nikita takes on part time work at McDonald’s and her mother sustains two jobs to make ends meets. Nikita has only been in the US for about two years and in this time, has learned English and speaks it extremely well. She is committed to her education and exudes positivity.

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