Jesus Montoya, an honor student at Edinburg High School, received this year’s Texas Armed Services Scholarship. State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa made the announcement last week, honoring Montoya during a presentation at the senator’s office.

Montoya’s academic resume shows an exceptional record of performance in the classroom. Top ten percent in his graduating class at Edinburg High School, Jesus earned 27 hours of credit while concurrently enrolled at the University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas College. Montoya earned a flawless 4.0 grade point average while enrolled at the two schools.

Montoya has been accepted into Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering in November 2009. Hinojosa praised Montoya for setting a standard for others.

“I believe excellence is best defined as achievement beyond the standard of expectation. Jesus’ record meets that definition. Jesus met and exceeded the requirements of a high school student, receiving a list of honors and fulfilling his duty to the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps,” Hinojosa said.

This young man has shaped an outstanding launching pad from which he plans to earn a college degree and serve in the U.S. Navy. This scholarship will allow Jesus to fill in the details in a picture of success that he has already outlined with his dedication to his studies and service to the community.

“I encourage high school students to consider the preparedness Jesus exhibits as this year’s recipient of the Texas Armed Services Scholarship. More than just an applicant, Jesus is a citizen who participates fully in our Rio Grande Valley community. I am impressed not only by Jesus’ track record, but by the future available to him through the support of his family, his community, and his own hard work,” Hinojosa continued.

“Success can be equal parts preparation and opportunity. Jesus is fully prepared to take the next steps in his personal life and professional career. This scholarship affords him added financial tools with which to take full advantage of the opportunities available to him,” Hinojosa concluded.