Bowl Awards Record $412,500 in Scholarships

“This scholarship is an acknowledge that all my hard work has paid off.”

“I’ve been to the last two Valero Alamo Bowls and each time I noticed the scholarship winners on the field. It’ll be like a dream when it’ll be me on the field this year.”

“The last four years haven’t been easy but hopefully the bowl scholarship will be the first of several awards I receive so I can afford to go to the college of my choice.

 The Valero Alamo Bowl selected 55 graduating seniors from San Antonio area high schools to receive $7,500 scholarships. And while the above quotes came from just three students, the entire group of outstanding achievers had similar stories as they were recognized at the Valero Alamo Bowl scholarship luncheon presented by H-E-B on December 17.

The students combined to receive $412,500 and represent 39 different San Antonio high schools.

This year’s total more than doubled last year and pushed the bowl’s local scholarship giving the last 15 years to $1.64 million. The scholarships were awarded on the basis of academic achievement, teacher recommendations, financial need, a personal narrative as well as involvement in extracurricular activities with priority given to students participating in varsity sports.

“The Valero Alamo Bowl is honored to recognize these outstanding achievers with the highest scholarship total in our history,” said Valero Alamo Bowl President/CEO Derrick Fox. “These multi-faceted students excelled in the classroom, on the athletic fields and in their many endeavors that will benefit our community.”

Funding for the scholarship program comes from the proceeds of various bowl events as well as generous support from Frost, H-E-B, Shining Star Energy and Valero. This year’s Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship recipients are:

  • Craig Adams, Douglas MacArthur High School: Craig hopes to attend Yale University and major in engineering. He is a captain and four-time varsity letter winner in swimming and diving as well as earning academic all-state honors.
  • Serena Agrawal, Keystone High School: Serena plans to attend Rice University and receive a degree in bio-engineering. She is four-year letter winner in basketball and is team captain and an academic all-state selection.
  • Alexis Amaya, Southwest High School: Alexis has a 4.0 grade point average and would like to major in Biology at either Baylor University or Texas A&M University.
  • Sergio Arambula, George W. Brackenridge High School: Sergio hopes to attend M.I.T. and major in chemical engineering. He is a section leader and four-time varsity letter winner for the marching band.
  • Cameron Atkison, Sandra Day O’Connor High School: Cameron hopes to attend Texas A&M University and major in biology. He is a football team captain, and a three-year varsity letter winner in baseball.
  • Bobby Boone, L.W. Fox Tech High School: Bobby hopes to attend Texas A&M University where he will major in engineering. He is currently in the top 5% of his class.
  • Madison Campbell, San Antonio Christian High School: Madison is second in her class and a team captain for the cross country team. She plans on attending Texas and majoring in civil engineering.
  • Caroline Carruth, San Antonio Christian High School: Caroline hopes to attend Texas A&M University and major in physician assistance. She is a four-year varsity letter winner in basketball.
  • Juan Castano, Communications Arts High School: Juan maintains a 99 average and hopes to attend Stanford or Texas. He is a two-year letter winner on the track and field team.
  • Christopher Cavazos, Louis D. Brandeis High School: Christopher hopes to attend Texas A&M University and major in engineering. Christopher is a varsity letter winner in basketball.
  • Reid Christopher, John Marshall High School: Reid hopes to attend M.I.T. and major in engineering. He is a drumline captain for the school band.
  • Brianna Delgado, East Central High School: Brianna hopes to attend The Ohio State University and major in political science. She is a drum major for the school band.
  • Kristy Diaz, Memorial High School: Kristy hopes to attend UTSA and major in accounting. She is currently number 1 in her class.
  • Austin Driskill, Central Catholic High School: Austin plans to attend Stanford University and major in engineering. He is a two-time varsity letter winner in baseball.
  • David Embs, TMI: An All-District basketball player, David wants to go University of Texas or SMU and major in petroleum engineering.
  • Maxwell Engel, Winston Churchill High School: Ranked #7 out of 701 students, Maxell was the debate captain of his school team that made nationals.
  • Andrew Entzenberger, Lutheran High School: Andrew hopes to attend TCU and major in secondary education. He is a four-time varsity letter winner in golf and is a team captain and two-time varsity letter winner in basketball.
  • Sebastian Escobar, Earl Warren High School: Sebastian hopes to attend Texas A&M University and major in aerospace engineering. He is a three-year varsity letter winner and soccer and was named to the all-district team.
  • Andrew Forey, Sandra Day O’Connor High School: Andrew hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in mechanical engineering. He is a varsity letter winner in basketball and was also an Academic all-American.
  • Sarah Freeman, Ronald Reagan High School: Sarah hopes to attend Baylor University. She was a team captain and four-year letter winner in soccer and cross country.
  • David Fricke, James Madison High School: David hopes to attend either the University of Texas at Austin or John Hopkins University and major in natural sciences. He is currently in the top 2% of his senior class of more than 700 students.
  • Madison Gaona, Antonian High School: Madison hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in political science. She is a four-time varsity letter winner in softball where she won a state championship, and was named to the all-district team four times.
  • Huxley Garrett, Theodore Roosevelt High School:  Huxley wants to attend NYU and major in dramatic arts.
  • Miranda Garza, Theodore Roosevelt High School: Miranda wants to major in engineering in college. She was a team captain and four-time letter winner for basketball and volleyball.
  • Julie Gonzales, St. Anthony Catholic High School: Julie hopes to attend Yale University and major in linguistics. She is a four-year varsity letter winner and team captain in cross country and track and field. She is also a state medalist in both.
  • Valeria Gonzalez, Somerset High School: Valeria hopes to attend Texas A&M University and major in engineering. She is currently first in her class of more than 200 hundred students.
  • Hannah Greeley, John Jay High School: Hannah hopes to attend New York University and major in pre-medicine. She is a team captain and three-time varsity letter winner in volleyball, and a two-time varsity letter winner in soccer.
  • Jordan Grundhoefer, Ronald Reagan High School: Jordan wants to attend University of Texas and major in biology. He is a football letter winner.
  • Joseph Gutierrez, East Central High School: Joseph hopes to attend Texas A&M University and major in physical therapy. Joseph is in the top 15% of his class of almost 700 students.
  • Audrey Hankins, Douglas MacArthur High School: Audrey hopes to attended University of Texas and major in biology. She is a four-time varsity letter winner in swimming and diving.
  • Paul Juarez, Holy Cross High School: Paul would like to attend St. Mary’s University and major in engineering.
  • Alaya Keane, Virginia Allred Stacey High School: Alaya hopes to attend Texas A&M University and major in biology. She is a varsity letter winner in volleyball and is currently number one in her class.
  • Sudhanvi Konuthula, William H. Taft High School: Sudhanvi plans on attending UTSA and majoring in economics. He is currently in the top 3% of his class of more than 600 students.
  • Christine Lamaie, Health Careers High School: She would like to attend the University of Incarnate Word and major in biology.
  • Marco Longoria, John Jay School: Marco hopes to attend Stanford University and major in biology. He is a four-time varsity letter winner in cross country and is currently in the top 2% of his class of more than 600 students.
  • Austin Martin, Alamo Heights High School: Austin hopes to attend Rice University and major in economics. He is a three-year varsity letter winner in basketball.
  • Daniel Martin, South San High School: Daniel hopes to attend Baylor University and major in chemistry. He is in the top 2% of his class of more than 500 hundred students.
  • Ryan McColley-Perez, Central Catholic High School: Ryan hopes to attend Texas A&M University and major in engineering. He is a two-time varsity letter winner in football and soccer and was on the cross country and lacrosse teams.
  • Benjamin Miller, Southside High School: Benjamin hopes to attend Texas A&M University and major in nuclear engineering. He is in the top 1% of his class of nearly 300 students.
  • Joseph Moore, Douglas MacArthur High School: Joseph hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in mechanical engineering. He is a football captain and four-year varsity letter winner in football and a two-year varsity letter winner in baseball.
  • Savannah Muniz, Sidney Lanier High School: Savannah hopes to attend St. Mary’s University and major in engineering. She is a member of her school’s varsity golf team and is currently number one in her senior class.
  • Brian Munoz, Harlandale High School: Brian hopes to attend M.I.T. and major in computer sciences. He is a one year varsity letter winner in basketball and is currently number one in his class of nearly 400 students.
  • Noel Navarro, Harlandale High School: Noel hopes to attend Cornell University and major in engineering. Noel is a three-time varsity letter winner in football and is currently top 3% of his class of nearly 400 hundred students.
  • Jorge Palacios, William H. Taft High School: Jorge is undecided on where he will attend school next year but plans on majoring in Art. He is currently in the top 5% of his class of more than 600 students.
  • Jedidah Perryman, Karen Wagner High School: Jedidah would like to attend the University of Texas and major in psychology.
  • Taylor Putman, Randolph High School: Taylor hopes to attend the University of Florida or Texas A&M University and major in mathematics. She is an athlete who participated in cross country and track & field earning varsity letters for both sports.
  • Donna Reyes, Earl Warren High School: Donna hopes to attend Harvard or Purdue and major in biology. Donna is currently ranked 1st out of more than 600 students in her class.
  • John Reynero, South San High School: John hopes to receive a degree in biology from either UTSA or the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently ranked 3rd in his class at South San High School out of more than 500 students.
  • James Richards, Tom C. Clark High School: James hopes to attend Texas A&M University and receive a degree in business. He was a two-year varsity letter winner in baseball while currently ranking in the top 10% of his class.
  • Emma Russell, Alamo Heights High School: Emma is undecided on where she will attend college but plans on majoring in biology. She has been on the varsity soccer team for four years and eventually ended up receiving 1st team all-state honors.
  • Eduardo Sanchez, Judson Early College Academy: Edwardo will be attending M.I.T and plans to major in physics. He currently ranks 5th overall in his senior class.
  • Isaac Schutz, Robert E. Lee High School: Isaac is interested in attending USC or Stanford. He played soccer for four years at was team captain.
  • Colin Trainer, East Central High School: Colin hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin or Texas A&M University and major in mechanical engineering. He is a varsity letter winner in football and currently ranks 1st in his class of nearly 700 students.
  • Hung Tran, Highlands High School: He would like to attend the University of Texas and major in business. He is member of the varsity tennis teams.
  • Jeffrey Wang, Louis D. Brandeis High School: Jeffrey wants to go to UCLA and major in biology. He is a team captain for the tennis team.

 

In addition to their $7,500 scholarship and awards luncheon, the winners also received tickets to this year’s Valero Alamo Bowl courtesy of Frost where they will be recognized on the field during the first quarter.

The Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship Program is administered through the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation (a San Antonio scholarship clearinghouse).  Over the last 15 years, the bowl has awarded more than $1.64 million to 452 graduating San Antonio high school students.

Photos from the luncheon are on the bowl’s Facebook page.

 

 

 

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