Thirty-five PSJA ISD seniors awarded highly competitive 2020 Dell Scholarships

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All are graduating with Associate Degrees through district’s Early College Program

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PHARR – Making district history, thirty-five high school students in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA) were named recipients of the competitive 2020 Dell Scholarship. The students will receive $20,000, a brand new laptop, and textbook credits to complete their post-secondary education.  

First started in 2004, the Dell Scholars program is an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation that recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education. The program places greater emphasis on their determination to succeed, not just academic records and test scores. Out of the 34 seniors, 18 seniors were awarded the inaugural Dell Scholars at UT Austin Scholarship offered for the first time to qualifying first-year, Pell Grant-eligible students planning to attend the University of Texas at Austin. 

In addition to graduating from high school in May, all 35 seniors will be graduating with Associate Degrees from South Texas College. The 2020 PSJA ISD Dell Scholars are as follows:   

PSJA Early College High School in San Juan   

  • Kimberley Mendez – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  
  • Sebastian Mercado – STC Associate Degree in Mathematics 
  • Heather Stevenson – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • Claudia Garcia – STC Associate Degree in Mathematics 

PSJA North Early College High School in Pharr   

  • Daija Esparza – STC Associates in Mathematics  
  • Jennifer Cruz – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  
  • Robee Ruiz – STC Associates in Criminal Justice  
  • Miriam Garza- STC Associates in Business Administration 
  • Brandon Mercado- STC Associates in Mathematics 
  • Reynaldo Perez- STC Associates in Biology 
  • Adolfo Salazar- STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies 

PSJA Memorial Early College High School in Alamo   

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  • Ariana Guerrero – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies   
  • Stephanie Martinez – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  
  • Josefina Martinez – STC Associates of Mathematics.  
  • Yessica Lira – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  
  • Juan Martinez – STC Associates in Science  
  • Megan De Leon – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  
  • Jesus Lopez – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  
  • Diego de Leon – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  
  • Cristian de la Fuente – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  
  • Issac Hernandez –  STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies in Science 
  • Zorayda Sanchez – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  
  • Jacquelyne Cantu – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  
  • Nayellie Perez – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  
  • Jorge Saucedo – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  

PSJA Southwest Early College High School in Pharr   

  • Kassandra Moreno – STC Associates in Criminal Justice  
  • Yolanda Gutierrez – STC Associate in Biology  
  • Jamary Garcia – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies 

PSJA T. Jefferson T-STEM ECHS in Pharr  

  • Erin Singleterry – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  
  • Samantha Moreno – STC Associates in Psychology  
  • Reanah Cruz -STC Associates in Mathematics  
  • Suheidy Cano – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies  
  • Jocelyne Cardenas – STC Associates in Biology  
  • Karen Yarrito – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • Julio Martinez – STC Associates in Interdisciplinary Studies 

To be eligible for the Dell Scholarship, candidates must be participating in an approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12, plan to enroll full-time at an accredited higher education institution in the pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree, qualify for the Pell Grant, and demonstrate financial need.   

“We are so proud of our students for their tremendous efforts. As well as of their parents for advocating, supporting and empowering their child to pursue a university degree,” said PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “Thank you to our dedicated educators and financial aid officers for supporting our students throughout this process.” 

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