ALAMO – PSJA Memorial Early College High School Senior Brianna Flores was recently awarded the highly coveted Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. The senior will receive up to $32,000 for her post-secondary education as well as ongoing training and development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and participation in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.
To remain eligible for the $8,000 4-year scholarship, students must comply with numerous requirements which include: enrolling full-time in a program that would lead to a teaching certificate from one of 11 partner programs; maintain a 3.0 grade point average; participate in Raise Your Hand activities; and receive a letter of recommendation from institutes of higher education program leaders.
"I am beyond blessed and still in complete shock for being awarded this scholarship," said Flores who will be graduating with an Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from South Texas College two weeks before her high school graduation in May. "I am so grateful for all my counselors, teachers, and family -- especially my mom-- for giving me the love and support through high school and my entire life."
As one of the first recipients of the inaugural scholarship, Flores underwent a rigorous selection process that included an interview and presenting a lesson plan to a panel of judges. The senior looks forward to attending the University of Texas at Austin this fall.