High school senior Desiree Ramos showed up at Ortiz Middle School thinking she had to give a speech. But things didn’t go like she thought.
“I was fooled, I guess.”
She’s laughing because she was fooled in a good way.
The event was about scholarships for her and eight other HISD seniors.
“When they announced that there were scholars in the midst, I kind of got nervous, my heart started beating and then they started randomly calling names and that’s when it hit me that I won a scholarship.”
Not just students were surprised. So were parents like Michael Jones.
He had wondered how to send his daughter Alexandria to the University of Texas at Austin.
“It’s truly a blessing. Everything is a blessing in disguise. We had no idea how we were going to do it. But God made a way.”
The reason why the students got the scholarships is because HISD was a finalist last year for a major award.
It’s called the Broad Prize.
Altogether the scholarships are worth $165,000 dollars.
For students like Jose Herrera that means $20,000 dollars over four years.
“It’s a big help trust me. My family makes less than like $20,000 a year. This is like $20,000 so I guess I’m making more than my family now.”
Students could win even more scholarships next year.
HISD is a finalist for the Broad Prize again, for the second year in a row.
The winner will be announced in September.
Parent Wendy Miller takes a photo of her daughter Alexandria Jones