Meet Our 2021 Scholars
Please join us in congratulating the Foundation's 2021 scholarship recipients! Our 4 new scholarship recipients boast impressive statistics, with two salutatorians, a Dell Scholar, and two who are first-generation college students. These four will attend four different prestigious universities schools in Texas. We congratulate each one of our scholars, and look forward to sharing their journey with them.
Katelyn Eusebio: Waco High School
A first-generation scholar, Katelyn plans to major in chemistry at UT-Austin. She graduated fourth in her class at Waco High. While in high school, Katelyn participated in choir, tennis, student council and National Honor Society. Active in community service, she volunteered for the Cameron Park Zoo, Caritas, Friends for Life, Miracle Match Marathon and more. She also worked at H-E-B. She also loves to paint in her spare time, a hobby she picked up during the pandemic.
Allyson Pechacek: Mart High School
At Mart, Allyson was involved in UIL journalism, one-act play, basketball, volleyball, student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society. She also was a Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Sweetheart. Her volunteer work includes Storybook Christmas, Food for Families, Miracle Match Marathon, the Texas Foodtruck Showdown, among others. She graduated as salutatorian of her class and plans to major in psychology at Baylor.
Ithzel Rubio: La Vega High School
Salutatorian of her graduation class, Ithzel plans to major in psychology and English at Rice University. The first-generation scholar played French horn in band and was a state-level soloist her senior year. She also served as team captain of the UIL journalism team and was the first La Vega freshman to qualify for a UIL regional competition. Ithzel also was Student Council Reporting Secretary for three years and competed in the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair, qualifying for state her sophomore year. She is a member of MCC’s Stone Circle Writers Club and volunteered at the McLennan County Public Library. She holds a Brown Belt in martial arts.
Darryl Thomas: University High School
A Dell Scholar and Academic Achiever, Darryl Thomas plans to major in health and fitness at TCU. He transferred to University from Midway after ninth grade and ranked in the Top 10 of his UHS class. While in high school, Darryl showed his athletic prowess in football, basketball, track and powerlifting and was recognized as a Smoaky’s Academic All-Star and a Victory Bowl nominee. He also was a member of National Honor Society and AVID. Additionally, he volunteered for the Camp Gladiator Victory Camp and Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry. Darryl worked at Sonic Drive-In during high school.