Port of Brownsville Honors High School Graduates with $1,000 Scholarships

BROWNSVILLE, Texas, May 22, 2023 – The Brownsville Navigation District (BND) proudly announces the recipients of the 2023 Port of Brownsville Scholarship. This program is in support and encouragement to the pursuit of higher education for students within the district.

Thirty-two local high school graduating seniors will receive $1,000 scholarships upon enrollment in a college, university, or technical school. The scholarship winners – selected for their academic performance, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and work experience, as well as for essays penned as part of their applications – attend 16 public and private high schools in the Brownsville and Los Fresnos area.

“On behalf of the Brownsville Navigation District, we congratulate these students on their commitment to continue their education and learning the skills they need to thrive in the workforce,” said BND Chairman Esteban Guerra. “The Port of Brownsville is proud to champion our next generation of leaders as they prepare for a bright future.”

To date, the scholarship program, created in 2020 by the BND Board of Commissioners, has awarded $126,000 benefiting 126 high school students attending schools within the navigation district.

The 32 graduating seniors eligible for the Port of Brownsville scholarships include:

Brownsville Independent School District

Brownsville Early College High School

  • Joshua Rodriguez
  • Allison Marie Silva

Gladys Porter Early College High School

  • Ezra Esquivel
  • Ebany LeAnn Mendoza

Homer Hanna Early College High School

  • Yvannia Paola Mata
  • Juan Roberto Rivera

James Pace Early College High School

  • Maritza Cantu
  • Yazmin Ramos

Lopez Early College High School

  • Julissa Amaro Castillo
  • Jose Hernandez

Simon Rivera Early College High School

  • Mia Botello
  • Emily Marie Morales

Veterans Memorial Early College High School

  • Daniela Rivera Alanis
  • Valeria Perez

First Baptist School

  • Abigail Galvan
  • Felipe Sanchez

Harmony Public Schools

Harmony School of Innovation 

  • Carlos Acalco
  • Gabriel Kaye

Idea Public Schools

Idea Frontier College Preparatory

  • Jose Blanco
  • Angel Saldana

Idea Brownsville College Preparatory

  • Delaney Garcia
  • Maya Leilani Hurtado

Idea Riverview College Preparatory

  • Regina Cardiel
  • Maria Navar

Jubilee Academies

Jubilee Brownsville

  • Hannah Garcia
  • Romina Vazquez

Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District

Los Fresnos High School

  • Sophia Munoz
  • Madeline Stelzer

Saint Joseph Academy

  • Ashley Cano
  • Cynthia Gonzales

South Texas Independent School District

South Texas ISD Medical Professions

  • Chantal Patino
  • Ricardo Ramos


About the Port of Brownsville

The Port of Brownsville is the only deep-water seaport directly on the U.S.-Mexico border and encompasses 40,000 acres – the largest land-owning public port authority in the country. The port transships more steel into Mexico than any other U.S. port. As the major multimodal transportation hub serving the Rio Grande Valley and northern Mexico, the Port of Brownsville supports investment opportunities and jobs.

Activity at the port is responsible for adding more than $2 billion to the regional economy, $3 billion to the Texas economy, and the creation of more than 51,000 jobs statewide. For more information, visit www.portofbrownsville.com

Recipients of the 2023 Port of Brownsville Scholarship and their families were celebrated during a lunch and tour of the port on May 20.