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Socorro ISD students receive $676,000 in UTEP scholarships

Officials with the Socorro Independent School District announced that high school students in their district have earned a combined total of $169,000 in annual scholarships from the University of Texas at El Paso so far this school year.

The UTEP Scholars Excellence Program has selected 52 scholarship recipients in Team SISD, with the four-year award totaling $676,000.

Montwood High School has had 27 recipients earning a collective $74,000 in scholarships, the most in SISD so far and one of the top schools in the region.

Eastlake High School has 11 recipients earning $40,000 in scholarships. Americas High School has five recipients earning $14,000 in scholarship funds. Socorro High School has four recipients earning $11,000. Mission Early College High School has two recipients receiving $13,000. Pebble Hills High School also has two recipients receiving $9,000. El Dorado High School has one recipient who received an $8,000 scholarship.

“This shows all the effort on behalf of the teachers, the students, the families and our counseling team,” said Annette Monsivais, lead counselor at Montwood High School. “This embodies and definitely signifies endless opportunities.”

Montwood senior Brian Gonzalez, who received the Presidential Scholarship, was grateful for the scholarship, assistance that will relieve him from depending on student loans.

“I’m so grateful to be given the opportunity to further educate myself and better myself for the future,” said Gonzalez, who intends on studying electrical engineering.

It’s a motivator for students to see each other succeed and looking for those opportunities, like applying for scholarships, said Wendy Dorado, counselor at Mission Early College High School.

“They’ve worked hard for it and when you see their faces glow like that it makes you happy to see their hard work pay off,” Dorado said.

Montwood High School parent Valeria Lara also expressed gratitude to UTEP and the district for the endless opportunities offered to her son, saying it is a huge financial relief.

“I love that we made the choice to get educated here,” said Lara. “We feel grateful and blessed to be a part of the family of Montwood High School.”

Potential El Dorado High School valedictorian Allie Perez said she is excited about what receiving the scholarship signifies for the next chapter of her life.

“Getting this scholarship shows all the hard work that I’ve been putting in has paid off,” said Perez, who plans to study kinesiology. “I am ready for college.”

Another round of scholarships from UTEP will be awarded later this spring semester. Incoming freshmen or transfer students who have been accepted into UTEP are eligible to apply for scholarships from the university. To qualify students must have scored well on the SAT/ACT exams and maintain a high-grade point average.

For more information, visit the UTEP Scholarship webpage

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