Angela Chung graduated with a 4.2 GPA in the top 5 percentile of her class from Valle Verde Early College High School.
Throughout her academic career, she has served in various leadership positions including President of the Future Business Leaders of America for three consecutive years and Treasurer of Future Health Professions of America and was an active member of multiple extracurricular activities such as National Honor Society, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Mu Alpha Beta, VEX Robotics, STEM. She also awarded the Honorary Leonidas Award.
She is currently attending the University of Texas at Austin and plans to pursue a major in Neuroscience/ Pre-Medicine, with a minor in Business Administration. At UT, she is an active member of Synapse Neuroscience Academy and Women in Medicine, a student organization that strives to foster and encourage interest in Neuroscience Research among prospective students, raise awareness about the medical field, and give back to the community through service. She is also taking part in the Freshman Research Initiative where she runs independent research focusing on natural neuronal gene expression and behavior.
After four years, she hopes to channel her knowledge and skillsets by pursuing a career in the medical field as a family physician, helping to establish an exceptional healthcare system in the El Paso community. She states “I will dedicate tireless hours to providing the best care for patients of all backgrounds, despite any economic inequities and give to the amazing people in my hometown. I am beyond grateful for all the support this scholarship has offered me and a community that aspires me to reach for my dreams."
Ashley Crooks graduated as the third in her class from Parkland High School with a 4.0 GPA.
Throughout high school, she balanced maintaining her GPA alongside multiple club activities, leadership roles, community service opportunities, and competitions. She was a member of Parkland's chapter of the National Honor Society, an Army JROTC cadet, as well as a primary actress in Parkland's Theater Troupe. In JROTC, she was promoted to a Cadet Major as the executive officer of the battalion and oversaw the wellbeing of over 100 cadets in the program. She was also a member of the Texas flag in JROTC's color guard. While in theater, she directed two school plays, acted in 19 others, and served as President of the Theater Troupe during her senior year. She competed in the One Act play UIL competition all four years of high school and was awarded All-Star Cast in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Ashley attends the University of Texas at Austin and continues her passion for education and service. She is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with an emphasis in speech pathology and is an active member of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association as well as the Lang Stuttering Institute Student Leadership Organization. NSSHLA is a speech pathology oriented organization that offers ongoing service opportunities with the Austin Speech Labs, a nonprofit that helps to rehabilitate stroke survivors. LSISLO is a leadership organization for the stuttering research institute at UT Austin that advocates for people who stutter.
"Everyone deserves a voice to express themselves freely. I'm so grateful to El Paso in Austin for caring about my voice and giving me the opportunity to study at the best university in Texas. I can explore my potential and further my passions in the 7th best speech pathology program in the country, all because of their generosity and belief in my vision."
Jorge Eduardo Duran attended Cathedral High School and graduated as salutatorian of his class with a 4.67 GPA.
While at Cathedral, Eduardo participated in many clubs and organizations, as well as led the Cathedral basketball team to a stellar 28-7 record. He served as president of the National Honor Society and the vice president of the pre-med club. Eduardo was a member of “El Otro Lado”, an organization that aides with the cultural immersion of students around the nation. Students would fly out to El Paso and Eduardo, along with a few other Cathedral students, would give them a historical and cultural tour of the border. Groups came from all over, including Chicago, New York, and Mexico City. The sites that were visited included Mt. Cristo Rey, El Ministerio RICO at St. Pius X, and Juarez itself.
During his years at Cathedral High School, Eduardo was dual-enrolled at El Paso Community College and received an associate’s degree in the arts and earned distinguished achievement as he was on the President's List.
Eduardo is now a mechanical engineering major at The University of Texas at Austin and is involved with the Texas Wranglers. Members of this service organization participate in many philanthropic and community service opportunities in the Austin area, including gardening at Pease Park and mentoring at Maplewood Elementary. Eduardo hopes to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Business minor, and a Computer Science certificate in May 2023. Eduardo wishes to move back to El Paso and give back in any way he can to the El Paso community. Eduardo believes that with the support of his community and hard work, anything is possible for El Paso and the beautiful community that inhabits the Juarez-El Paso border.