Port of Brownsville Honors 32 High School Graduates with $1,000 Scholarships

 Port Launches Scholarship Program to Help Deserving Students and Families Across the Greater Brownsville Area

BROWNSVILLE, Texas, May 28, 2020 – Thirty-two local high school graduating seniors will receive $1,000 scholarships from the Brownsville Navigation District in an inaugural Port of Brownsville program to help deserving students pursue their education and career dreams.

“On behalf of the entire Port of Brownsville organization, we are proud to support these local students and families at this time,” said John Reed, Chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District. “We are excited for the students as they continue their education and begin their careers, and in the future opportunities they are creating for themselves, their families and our communities.”

The 32 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 area. The selected students will receive their scholarships when they enroll in college or technical school.

“The Port of Brownsville is a powerful economic driver for the entire Rio Grande Valley,” Reed said. “Through efforts like this inaugural scholarship program, we look forward to continued partnerships with our local schools, colleges and businesses to ensure our entire community is engaged in creating the opportunities we all want for future generations.”



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

Brownsville Independent School District

Brownsville Early College High School

  • Estrella Lozano
  • Felisha Lucio


Gladys Porter Early College High School

  • Rodrigo Cisneros
  • Sara M. Gutierrez


Homer Hanna Early College High School

  • Victoria Anne Olea
  • Yadira Villagomez


James Pace Early College High School

  • Nia-Isabella Garza
  • Mariana Mijangos


Lopez Early College High School

  • Angela Estrada
  • Gracie Gracia


Simon Rivera Early College High School

  • Mercy G. Ramirez
  • Emmanuel Sanchez


Veterans Memorial Early College High School

  • Leticia Andrea Alicea
  • Cristian Holloway


Harmony Public Schools

Harmony School of Innovation

  • Ileana Martinez
  • Alejandro Valdez


Idea Public Schools

Idea Frontier College Preparatory

  • Diego Isaac Alfaro
  • Leonardo M. Trevino

Idea Brownsville College Preparatory

  • Enrique Castro
  • Sofia Guerra


Jubilee Academies

Jubilee Brownsville

  • Micah Elbert
  • Luz Maria Gallegos


Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District

Los Fresnos High School

  • Charles Matthew Bush
  • Alexandra Montes


South Texas Independent School District

South Texas ISD Medical Professions

  • Sebastian Garcia
  • David A. Tabanckiewicz


Other Greater Brownsville Area Schools

First Baptist School

  • Grecia Badillo
  • Octavio Gomez-Reyna

Saint Joseph Academy

  • Victoria Gonzalez
  • Rebecca Torteya

Valley Christian High School

  • Gilbert Lopez
  • Arianna C. Quezada