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

BROWNSVILLE, Texas, May ­­­­23, 2022 – The Brownsville Navigation District (BND) proudly announces the recipients of the 2022 Port of Brownsville Scholarship, aimed at making a difference in the lives of local students pursuing higher education.

Thirty 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 15 public and private high schools in the Brownsville and Los Fresnos area.

“The Brownsville Navigation District is proud to support these scholars as they move forward in pursuit of their academic and career goals,” said BND Chairman Esteban Guerra. “These students have demonstrated that they are highly motivated to succeed, and the Port of Brownsville is committed to helping them expand their knowledge and skill sets for the future.”

To date, the scholarship program, created in 2020 by the BND Board of Commissioners, has awarded $94,000 benefiting 94 high school students attending schools within the navigation district.

The 30 graduating seniors eligible for the Port of Brownsville scholarships include:


Brownsville Independent School District

Brownsville Early College High School

  • Victor Contreras
  • Jennifer Garcia-Prado

Gladys Porter Early College High School

  • Amy Castro
  • Lizeth A. Castillo Pineda

Homer Hanna Early College High School

  • Dan Thanh Cao
  • Luis Lopez

James Pace Early College High School

  • Rubi Alicia Logan
  • Karyme Itzel Garza

Lopez Early College High School

  • Manuel Candanoza
  • Jonathan Rodriguez

Simon Rivera Early College High School

  • Kayla Guzman
  • Ethan Lai

Veterans Memorial Early College High School

  • Vivian Cardona-Orozco
  • Diego Preciado


First Baptist School

  • John MacEachern
  • Annya Delgadillo Tovar


Harmony Public Schools

Harmony School of Innovation

  • Esmeralda Gomez
  • Jesus Mendoza


Idea Public Schools

Idea Frontier College Preparatory

  • Pedro Garcia
  • Mark Pena

Idea Brownsville College Preparatory

  • Salvador Palomo
  • Esteban Garza

Jubilee Academies

Jubilee Brownsville

  • Leilani Gonzalez
  • Camille Leilani Ramirez

Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District

Los Fresnos High School

  • Jennifer Laznovsky
  • Cassandra Delgado

Saint Joseph Academy

  • Andrea Arellano
  • Mildred Verlage

South Texas Independent School District

South Texas ISD Medical Professions

  • Kassandra A. Rodriguez
  • Vivian Uribe

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