Students awarded Go Texan scholarships

Students awarded Go Texan scholarships

Scholarships totaling $60,000 were awarded to 26 Southeast Texas students at the Jefferson County Go Texan Scholarship Banquet held Tuesday, May 20, at Big Rich Courville’s Catering in Beaumont.

Mayia Turner of Port Arthur Memorial High School and Russell Colton Tobias of Hamshire-Fannett High School were each awarded $18,000 scholarships. Jefferson County Go Texan Ambassador Brian Abney said the scholarships are made possible through the nonprofit’s participation with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and promoting the exhibition on a local level.

“Houston Livestock and Rodeo guarantees us one $18,000 scholarship … then as part of the Southeast Texas area district, which includes eight counties, the best second place applicant among the district gets $18,000,” Abney said. “This year we were lucky enough to get our guaranteed scholarship and a second one, too.”

In addition, 24 students were each awarded $1,000 scholarships from monies raised by several fundraisers throughout the year which included barbecue cook-offs and golf tournaments.

Abney said students are chosen based on their financial need, service to the community and academic performance.

This year’s recipients included Jenna Elizabeth Anderson, Devin Marie Cramer, Jacob Alan Stewart and Kathryn Grace Wilcox from West Brook High School; Brandon Craigen, Jessica Gilfillian, Jade Jackson, Dylan Orrenmaa, Sabryna Marie Scott and Tyler Chase White from Hardin-Jefferson High School; Emily Devillier, Britton Jones, Katie Elizabeth Leavins, Hannah Elizabeth McGowen and Tina Nguyen from Nederland High School; Ferrell McKinney Kiker, Keli Jeanne Morgan; Joseph Paul Trahan from Hamshire-Fannett High School; Chandler Lawley and Halli Rose Underhill from Monsignor Kelly High School; Emily Deville, home school; Manniah A. Harris, Central Medical Magnet High School; Blake Winzer Meissner, East Chambers High School.

The Jefferson County Go Texan organization devotes its efforts annually to helping area youths, Abney said. The organization doubled the funds raised for scholarships from last year’s total of $30,000.

“Our purpose is to support youth through education,” he said. “All this is made possible through the hard work of our volunteers that raise money and put it back into the youths’ hands. Hopefully next year we can double the money from this year.”

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