Socorro ISD’s Top Scholars Sign to Universities on Academic Signing Day at Eastlake High

The Socorro Independent School District celebrated the 100 seniors who received the most scholarships, grants and military financial aid at the 2016 Academic Signing Day at Eastlake High School.

The district’s top scholars earned more than $16 million in scholarships, grants and military financial assistance. In addition, the entire SISD Class of 2016 has been awarded more than $36 million in scholarships, grants and financial aid.

“Academic Signing Day is a very important event in our district,” said Tammy Mackeben, director of guidance and counseling. “Earning a scholarship isn’t easy. We want to honor these students for the work they have put into this task.”

2016 Top scholars Academic Signing Day2The district’s top scholars signed letters of intent to colleges and universities in front of family, friends and district leaders who attended the ceremony.

The recipients received scholarships from universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell, Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at El Paso, Abilene Christian University and many others.

Miguel Martinez, a senior at Eastlake High School, was one of ten SISD students who earned 2016 Gates Millennium Scholarships, the most in the district’s history.

“I am still in disbelief but incredibly grateful to have received this scholarship,” Martinez said. “It will help cover the cost of my attendance at Texas Tech where I plan to pursue a degree in music.”

The top earners for SISD were Americas High School senior Mireya Flores, El Dorado senior Amanda Johnson, and Socorro High School2016 Top scholars Academic Signing Day3 senior Sergio Dominguez.

The three students were awarded a combined amount of $1.7 million in scholarships.

“We are so proud of these students,” Mackeben said. “It says a lot about our district when students have had a rigorous curriculum and still work hard to take care of the financial barrier that might be keeping them from going to college and receiving a post-secondary education.”