Meet Our Returning Scholars


2015 Scholars

  • Shayla Smith - Gholson High School Graduate

    Shayla Smith - Gholson High School Graduate

    Shayla is a first-generation college student, attending McLennan Community College, and pursuing a Nursing degree.

    The 2015 Salutatorian of Gholson High School, Shayla was involved in National Honor Society, was a teacher's aide and also volunteered for her church.

  • Vanessa Hernandez - Harmony High School Graduate

    Vanessa Hernandez - Harmony High School Graduate

    Vanessa is a freshman at The University of Texas at San Antonio where she is majoring in Biology.

    A 2015 graduate of Harmony High School, Vanessa was involved in Robotics, National Honor Society, and Student Council. She also volunteered at Providence Hospital, the Mayborn Museum and was actively involved in her church.

  • Rebecca Rusu - LaVega High School Graduate

    Rebecca Rusu - LaVega High School Graduate

    Rebecca attends Texas A&M where she is majoring in Political Science.

    The 2015 Valedictorian of La Vega High School, Rebecca was involved in Student Council, National Honor Society and Class Council. She also participated in Soccer, Cross Country, and was a member of the Marching Band.

  • Brooke Gerik - Mart High School Graduate

    Brooke Gerik - Mart High School Graduate

    Brooke attends McLennan Community College where she is majoring in Business Marketing.

    A 2015 graduate of Mart High School, Brooke was involved in National Honor Society, Cross Country, served as an FFA Officer, participated in Ag Boosters and volunteered at her church.

  • Stefani Jimenez - McGregor High School Graduate

    Stefani Jimenez - McGregor High School Graduate

    Stefani is a first-generation college student attending Baylor University majoring in Health Science Studies.

    A 2015 graduate of McGregor High School, Stefani was involved in Student Council, Band, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball, Link Crew, i Help, and UIL. She was also an active volunteer at the local food pantry and Relay for Life.

  • Brett Ramsey - Moody High School Graduate

    Brett Ramsey - Moody High School Graduate

    Brett attends Texas A&M where he is majoring in Chemical Engineering. He is the first in his family to attend a four year university.

    The 2015 Valedictorian of Moody High School, Brett was involved in Science Olympics, Robotics, Upward Bound, Baylor Physics Bowl, and National Honor Society. He also participated in UIL Academics and was an Academic Achiever.

  • Hope Ward - Paul and Jane Meyer High School Graduate

    Hope Ward - Paul and Jane Meyer High School Graduate

    Hope attends McLennan Community College where she is completing the Occupational Therapy Program.

    A 2015 graduate of Rapoport High School, Hope was involved in Teen Leadership Waco, Key Club International, Occupational Therapy Student Association and Student Government Council.

  • Aman Meerza - University High School Graduate

    Aman Meerza - University High School Graduate

    Aman attends the University of Texas at Austin where he is majoring in Civil Engineering.

    A 2015 graduate of University High School, Aman was involved in Science Olympics, Robotics, Upward Bound, Baylor Physics Bowl and National Honor Society. He also participated in UIL Academics and was an Academic Achiever.

  • Dylan Mathews - Valley Mills High School Graduate

    Dylan Mathews - Valley Mills High School Graduate

    Dylan attends the University of Texas at San Antonio where he is majoring in Physical Therapy.

    A 2015 graduate of Valley Mills High School, he was involved in Baseball, Football, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and National Honor Society.

  • Holly Arriaga - Waco High School Graduate

    Holly Arriaga - Waco High School Graduate

    Holly is attending McLennan Community College where she is majoring in Criminal Justice.

    A 2015 graduate of Waco High School, she was involved in Interact Club, UIL Academics, National Honor Society, Academic Achievers, Mock Trial, Band, and Theater.

  • Brooke Browder - West High School Graduate

    Brooke Browder - West High School Graduate

    Brooke is attending McLennan Community College where she is pursuing a Nursing degree.

    A 2015 graduate of West High School, she was involved in Volleyball, Basketball, Cheer, Fellowship for Christian Athletes and West Future Business Leaders of America.

2014 Scholars

  • Maria Perez - Connally High School Graduate

    Maria Perez - Connally High School Graduate

    Maria took advanced placement classes in Physics and Spanish. She also assisted students in the Connally Junior High School Mathalon by helping students with their math home work. Maria will attend McLennan Community College.

  • Haley Smith - LaVega High School Graduate

    Haley Smith - LaVega High School Graduate

    Haley took dual credit classes in English and Economics. She was also involved in basketball, softball, volleyball, National Honor Society and band. Haley will attend Tarleton State University.

  • Jaclyn Anderson - Mart High School Graduate

    Jaclyn Anderson - Mart High School Graduate

    Jaclyn took dual credit and advanced placement classes in Economics, English, and Calculus. She was also involved with cheerleading, student government, National Honor Society and FCCLA. Jaclyn will be attending Sam Houston State University.

  • Kaci Thane - McGregor High School Graduate

    Kaci Thane - McGregor High School Graduate

    Kaci took dual credit and advanced placement classes in Calculus, Anatomy and Physiology, and Economics. She participated in volleyball, band, tennis and various UIL events including number sense and math. Kaci will be attending Texas A&M University and major in Business.

  • Hannah Burgess - Moody High School Graduate

    Hannah Burgess - Moody High School Graduate

    Hannah was involved in One Act Play, UIL, and a Class Officer. She took dual credit classes in Trigonometry, American Government and Economics. Hannah will attend McLennan Community College.

  • Cade Kegerreis - Paul and Jane Meyer High School Graduate

    Cade Kegerreis - Paul and Jane Meyer High School Graduate

    Cade took dual credit classes in Chemistry, Sociology and U.S. History. He was also involved with basketball, cross country and National Honor Society. Cade will be attending Baylor University.

  • Jessica Velasquez - University High School Graduate

    Jessica Velasquez - University High School Graduate

    Jessica was involved with student council, National Honor Society and Relay for Life. She took dual credit classes in Government, U.S. History and English. She will attend McLennan Community College.

  • Diego Loredo - University High School (AJ Moore Academy)

    Diego Loredo - University High School (AJ Moore Academy)

    Diego was involved in the Robotics Club, golf, yearbook and the National Honor Society. He also took dual credit classes in U.S. Government, Biology, and English. Diego will be attending the University of North Texas.

  • Gage Hodges - Valley Mills High School Graduate

    Gage Hodges - Valley Mills High School Graduate

    Gage was involved with the National Honor Society, Baseball, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He took dual credit classes in U.S. History, Psychology and Calculus. Gage will attend Tarleton State University.

  • Keiondria Harris - Waco High School Graduate

    Keiondria Harris - Waco High School Graduate

    Keiondria took dual credit classes in U.S. and World History, Biology and Economics. She also was involved with volleyball, track, student council, and was a Safe School Ambassador. She will be attending McLennan Community College.

  • Jennifer Prnka - West High School Graduate

    Jennifer Prnka - West High School Graduate

    Jennifer received her Associate's Degree in Nursing in 2015 from McLennan Community College. She is continuing her education at Texas A&M pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.

2013 Scholars

2012 Scholars

2011 Scholars

2010 Scholars