(AUSTIN) The Texas Lyceum, the premier statewide non-profit, non-partisan leadership group focused on public policy issues facing Texas, today announced the group will award $35,000 in scholarships to seven exceptional Texas students.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 35th anniversary than by giving $35,000 worth of scholarships to deserving Texas students,” said 2015 Lyceum President Jane Cummins. “The Lyceum helps cultivate leaders in the State of Texas and there is no better time to invest in future leaders than as they begin their academic career as a Texas college student.”
Lesley Briones, Vice President of Leadership for the Texas Lyceum, oversaw the selection process this year. She added, “These seven young leaders represent the bright future of our great state. They all have outstanding academic and civic achievements and a deep commitment to their communities and schools. These scholarships are meant to empower the next generation of Texas leaders by helping them achieve their dreams through higher education.”
A record number of more than 900 high school students applied for the 2015 Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarships. Each of the following honorees will receive a $5,000 scholarship to go toward a Texas college or university:
* Shelbyville High School senior Altobeli Caporali of Center. Mr. Caporali, who plans to attend Texas A&M University to study chemical and biomedical engineering, was the first Hispanic to advance to the University Interscholastic League (UIL) in the history of Shelbyville High School. He had the highest ACT score among his peers, received STARR testing Advanced Academic Performance in all of his areas of his coursework and is active in his church as an usher and church band member.
* James Taylor High School senior Ishani Desai of Katy plans to attend Rice University to study biochemistry and neuroscience. Ms. Desai, a National Merit Scholar, has earned numerous debate awards including serving as a finalist in the National Forensic League Tournament for Policy Debate. Ms. Desai was an intern for the Indian Red Cross Society and founded a Red Cross Club at her high school.
* Brackenridge High School senior Richard Martinez of San Antonio plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington to study film and media. Mr. Martinez is the class Salutatorian, the captain of the tennis team and has been awarded the Harvard Alumni Association Book Award. He has also been involved in numerous volunteer programs including the San Antonio Food Bank, H-E-B /Valero Co Kids Challenge event, and the Special Olympics Youth Program.
* Pasadena Memorial High School senior Jacob Lee Minter of Pasadena will attend Baylor University where he plans to study biology. Mr. Minter participated in varsity football, track and powerlifting and is the recipient of the Pasadena ISD Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship. Mr. Minter is also active in his church where he volunteers for Houston area organizations that assist the homeless.
* Valle Verde Early College High School graduate Adriel Morgan of El Paso will attend The University of Texas at Austin to study business management and internal relations. Ms. Morgan was elected State Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America, the fourth office she held with this national organization. She has also been active in anti-human trafficking efforts at home and abroad and plans to devote her career to international advocacy work in this arena.
* Carnegie Vanguard High School (CVHS) senior Mai Pham of Houston plans to study economics at Rice University. Ms. Pham was elected the first female student body president at CVHS; founded a group to support underserved youth in Vietnam (her parents’ birthplace), Botswana and Malawi; volunteered at M.D. Anderson and Memorial Hermann hospitals and served as a summer youth counselor at Rice University.
* Juan Diego Academy Catholic Regional High School senior Janay Lari Rocha of Rio Grande City plans to study biology at Baylor University. Ms. Rocha, who travels 100 miles a day to attend her high school, served as a People to People Student Ambassador, was elected a 4–H Starr County voting delegate, and served as student council president. Ms. Rocha participated in a medical summit summer program at Johns Hopkins University and dreams of becoming a cardiac surgeon.
The Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarship recipients are evaluated on the basis of leadership, academic record, honors, personal essays, letters of recommendation and financial need. Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarship applicants must be Texas residents and have a minimum average 3.5 GPA.
These scholarships support students who are entering a Texas college or university. For more information about the Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarship please go to www.texaslyceum.org and see "scholarships."
About The Texas Lyceum
The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. The Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum