Thanks to the generosity of Mary Louise Page and several of our current members, University Christian Church is able to offer the possibility of a partial scholarship to help graduating Tarrant County high school seniors defray some of the cost of a college education that they may not have been able to afford. Funding for our annual scholarships continues as a result of Ms. Page’s generosity combined with ongoing donations from UCC members through directed gifts and GIFTS OF HOPE. Since 2013, UCC has awarded scholarships to 30 students totally over 225,000 dollars! This year we received 107 applications that were narrowed down to 5 finalists, who were then interviewed by our scholarship committee.
We are excited to share that Yohana Vasquez is this year’s recipient of a $10,000 scholarship. Yohana is graduating from the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences this week, and she also earned Associates Degree of Science from Tarrant County College this spring. Yohana will head to Austin this fall to attend the University of Texas, where she will major in neuroscience. She hopes to pursue a career in research and join the Women in STEM research initiative at UT. In her application essay, Yohana eloquently wrote of her childhood with these words, “ My mother worked tirelessly to provide for me and my brother and exemplified what resilience means. I have learned that although my experiences could have been limiting and stopped my progression towards my goals, I feel empowered for having lived and worked through them.”
Our runner-up, Diana Avila, received a $1500 scholarship and our remaining three finalists, Abby Pham, Conner Stines, and Kadrian Stines, each received a $500 finalist award.