The Ysleta Independent School District and the Ysleta Education Foundation (YEF) announced at a press conference on Friday the establishment of a new six-year, $500,000 scholarship program for Ysleta High School students by the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation.
Each year, select Ysleta High School seniors will each be awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Hunt Family Foundation to attend El Paso Community College in collaboration with YEF.
During the course of the six-year program, a total of 100 students will receive scholarships.
“We are honored to call Mr. Hunt an alumnus and friend of the Ysleta Independent School District,” said YISD Superintendent Xavier De La Torre. “These scholarships from the Hunt Family Foundation will support our students while pursuing post-secondary education in an effort to better themselves, their families, and our community.”
Woody Hunt, El Paso business leader and philanthropist, graduated from Ysleta High School in 1962. He established the Hunt Family Foundation in 1987 with his wife, Gayle, to support community initiatives in the El Paso area.
Hunt was named Ysleta High School’s Distinguished Alumni in 2013.