Bel Air High School senior Vanesa Carrillo is one of 12 students in Texas – and the only student from El Paso – to be selected as a 2019 Coca-Cola Scholar.
Carrillo is also one of 500 students in the country to be awarded the prestigious 2019 Dell Scholarship, bringing her postsecondary funding so far to $40,000.
“I feel blessed, grateful, and excited to have been chosen among an extensive number of applicants for the Coca Cola and Dell scholarships,” said Carrillo. “Being able to represent my Hispanic community and becoming a role model for many students is a privilege, and I am beyond grateful for the support that my family, teachers, and advisors provide for me.”
As a Coca-Cola Scholar, Carrillo will attend a four-day Leadership Development Institute at the Coca-Cola Company’s International Headquarters in Atlanta next month, where she will participate in activities and workshops to develop leadership skills, as well as tour local landmarks and participate in a group community service project.
The Dell Scholarship will not only provide Carrillo with $20,000 towards college tuition, but will also provide academic, financial, and emotional support throughout her college career, as well as funding for textbooks and a new laptop computer.
This award is funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.
Carrillo, who is also a finalist for the Terry Foundation Scholarship, plans to study marketing and psychology this fall.
This is the second year in a row that a YISD student has been selected as a Coca-Cola Scholar.