Socorro Independent School District seniors were awarded 100 scholarships, in fall 2016, the highest number in the region, with a collective value of $1.3 million in funds by the University of Texas at El Paso as part of the university’s Scholars Excellence Program.
Scholarship recipients in UTEP’s Scholars Excellence Program were selected for their high achievements based on their scholastic aptitude test scores, grade point average, student ranking and leadership skills.
“We are honored to meet these students and delighted to present them with these awards recognizing their exceptional high school academic achievements,” said Liz Dodd, director of UTEP’s Office of Scholarships.
This year, UTEP selected 330 applications from the more than 13,000 received. From those, 34 were awarded to El Dorado High School students. The Aztecs earned a combined scholarship total of $396,000, the most in the city and the most in the school’s history.
In addition to El Dorado’s 34 scholarships, 19 Montwood High School students earned a cumulative scholarship amount of $232,000, and 17 seniors at Americas High School earned $216,000 scholarships. Socorro High School students were awarded 13 scholarships in the amount of $172,000. Nine Mission Early College High School students were awarded a scholarship total of $140,000 and eight Eastlake High School students earned $128,000.