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Houston Students Receive $165,000 In Scholarships From Broad Foundation

This week education researchers are visiting the Houston Independent School District. It's part of the competition for the nation's top award in education, known as the Broad Prize.

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.”

Broad researchers visit Ortiz MS from Houston ISD on Vimeo

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
Parent Wendy Miller takes a photo of her daughter Alexandria Jones

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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