December 1, 2017
EPISD Education Foundation awards $92,000 in scholarships to the Class of 2017

The EPISD Education Foundation made a stop at every senior awards assembly this spring to award $92,000 in scholarship money to the Class of 2017.

The $92,000 includes 25 scholarships sponsored by Renaissance Learning. Three scholarships – the Coach Robustelli Memorial Scholarship, the Genevieve Gonzalez Scholarship and the Ann Yerby Memorial Scholarship – are being awarded on behalf of the Paso del Norte Foundation. All scholarships are for $1,000.

Irvin and Jefferson high school also awarded the Coach Archie Duran Memorial Scholarship at their respective awards assembly to honor the coach who played a vital role at both schools. The Duran Memorial Scholarship is one of three awarded by the Irvin Alumni Association for Irvin students.

“We are proud to give back to our students, allowing them to continue their education and build on the foundation they have already established in EPISD,” said Russell Wiggs, EPISD Education Foundation. “We are grateful for our partnership with Renaissance Learning and their gift of $25,000 which allows us to give 15 more scholarships than last year.”

Bowie High senior Leslie Llamas proudly accepted her scholarship from Wiggs at her senior awards assembly.

“I really appreciate it,” said Llamas, who will be a mechanical engineering student at UTEP this fall. “My parents didn’t have enough money to pay for my tuition or books so this is very helpful for me to get my degree.”

Bowie counselor Melissa Arriola said the EPISD Education Foundation scholarship has a special significance to students.

“Our kids try so hard and they really look forward in particular to those scholarships because they’re getting something from the District that they’ve been a part of forever,” she said.

At Franklin’s assembly, Emily O’Rourke stood tall in her purple top 10 percent gown. She received the Renaissance Learning scholarship for earning the highest score from the scholarship reviewers at her campus.

“It’s so exciting about it. I’m honored to have this opportunity,” O’Rourke said. “After all my hard work in high school, to get this solidifies all that hard work.”

The Foundation scholarship is one of many O’Rourke has earned to help pay for her tuition at the Massachusetts’ Institute of Technology this fall.  

“All the scholarships make a difference even though some are bigger, some are smaller,” she said. “There are so many costs in college, so it all helps a ton.”

The Foundation scholarship is one of two scholarships O’Rourke’s classmate Patrick Daw received to pay for his education at Texas A&M to purse a business degree.

“I cannot be more honored because I’ve been with EPISD since kindergarten at Polk, Tippin then Hornedo and now Franklin,” he said. “I’ve had a great education.”

Foundation board members joined with the recipients at their respective awards assembly to congratulate the students. Board of Trustee Bob Geske, who also serves on the Foundation board, congratulated the eight Bowie recipients at their awards assembly on Tuesday.

“Our Foundation helps our students go to college,” Geske said. “One of our goals as a Trustee is for our students to go to college and get a post secondary education. This helps immeasurably.”

 Below are the scholarship recipients:

Campus Name Scholarship
Andress Alexis Castanon Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Andress Daniela Mendoza EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Andress Elisa Terrazas EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Austin  Eduardo Moreno Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Bowie Paola Baca Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Bowie Andrea Colunga Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Bowie Dayanara Colunga Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Bowie Atalia Antuñez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Bowie Veronica Rodriguez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Bowie Daisy Gomez EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Bowie Ivonne Garcia EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Bowie Leslie Llamas EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Burges Julie Jacquez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Burges Mark Williams EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Burges Ryann Parham Coach Lou Robustelli Memorial Scholarship
Burges Brianna Muñoz Ann Yerby Memorial Scholarship
CCTA Anai Acevedo Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Chapin Alexis Nevarez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Chapin Victor Contreras EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Chapin Nathan Ramirez EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Coronado Krishn Tahiliani Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Coronado Lucas Reyes EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Coronado Victoria Muñoz EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Coronado Olivia Olivas EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Coronado Connor Jordan EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Coronado Ishank Arora EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Coronado Jaymie Ruddock EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Coronado Vivian Rosas Cruz EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Coronado Angela Trejo EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Coronado Samantha Diwa EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Coronado Logan Zelenak EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Coronado Sofia Del Toro-Chavez EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Coronado Casey Dukes EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
El Paso Victoria Garcia Renaissance Learning Scholarship
El Paso Victoria Castillo Renaissance Learning Scholarship
El Paso Rada Koile Renaissance Learning Scholarship
El Paso Emma Lasley Renaissance Learning Scholarship
El Paso Miguel Lara Renaissance Learning Scholarship
El Paso Joaquin Moreno EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
El Paso Megany Guerrero-Guerrero EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
El Paso Andrea Ocanas EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Franklin Emily O'Rourke Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Franklin Alejandra Sandoval-Montañez EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Franklin Malia McNair EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Franklin Patrick Daw EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Franklin Lindsey  Tupper EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Franklin Veronica Martinez EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Franklin Sara Isasi EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Franklin Jack Luvian EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Franklin Paola Quiroz EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Irvin Jennifer Hernandez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Irvin Brandi Medina Irvin Alumni Scholarship
Irvin Idahlys Soto Irvin Alumni Scholarship
Irvin Diana Morales EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Irvin Abigail Tarango EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Irvin Grace Muus EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Irvin Luis Amaya Soto EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Irvin Jasmine Pace Yarbrough EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Irvin Cindy Rivas EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Irvin Jessica Barnes EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Irvin Yadira Soto EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Irvin J'Hanee Farrar Coach Archie Duran Memorial Scholarship
Jefferson Samantha Brown Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Jefferson Jennifer Nuñez Soto Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Jefferson Diego Ramirez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Jefferson Samantha Vargas Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Jefferson Vanessa De La Cruz Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Jefferson Kyra Delgado Coach Archie Duran Memorial Scholarship
Jefferson Levi Gallegos EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Diana Moreno Renaissance Learning Scholarship
Silva Nayeli Acosta Genevieve Gonzalez Scholarship
Silva Oguer Garcia EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Jessica Martinez EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Alondra Arias EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Sarah Diaz EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Miranda Miranda EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Margarita Romero EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Jocelynn De La Rosa EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Luisa Dominguez Aldama EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Rika Takashima EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Alyssa Carroll EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Elizabeth Gandarilla EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Kiara Aguirre EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Yatzareth Aguilar EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Janine Montenegro EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Mia Aguilar EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Valeria Nava EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Kimberly Arenas EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Kody Jones EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
Silva Esmeralda Garfio EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship
TMECHS Francesca Hernandez Renaissance Learning Scholarship
TMECHS  Amanda Alfsen EPISD Education Foundation Scholarship