Recognizing Achievement: Port of Brownsville Awards $1,000 Scholarships to High School Graduates

BROWNSVILLE, Texas, April 26, 2024 – Thirty-two graduating high school seniors have been selected to receive the Brownsville Navigation District’s (BND) 2024 Port of Brownsville Scholarship.

The recipients will each 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 located within the navigation district.

“On behalf of the Brownsville Navigation District, I extend my congratulations to these amazing students,” said BND Chairman Esteban Guerra. “We are thrilled to see our local talent move forward to the next chapter in their educational journey. The future of the region rests on the shoulders of these ambitious scholars and the Port of Brownsville proudly supports their dedication to fulfill their goals.”

The scholarship program affirms the Port of Brownsville’s commitment to develop the workforce of tomorrow and enhance quality of life by empowering local students to pursue their academic and career aspirations.

To date, the scholarship program, established in 2020 by the BND Board of Commissioners, has awarded $158,000 benefiting 158 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

  • Katherine Guerrero
  • Luis Rodriguez

Gladys Porter Early College High School

  • Angel Giron
  • Mario Hernandez

Homer Hanna Early College High School

  • Brianna del Angel
  • Angelina Gaytan

James Pace Early College High School

  • Yamileth Rodriguez
  • Melanie Sandoval

Lopez Early College High School

  • Jackie Estrella
  • Angel Montalvo

Simon Rivera Early College High School

  • Zophia Blanco
  • Ashley Trejo

Veterans Memorial Early College High School

  • Pierce de la Cruz Grove
  • Paulina Ramirez

First Baptist School

  • Joel Almaguer
  • David Hernandez

Harmony Public Schools

Harmony School of Innovation

  • Daniel Gomez
  • Berenice Sanchez

Idea Public Schools

Idea Brownsville College Preparatory

  • Josue Bolanos
  • Carlos Lerma

Idea Frontier College Preparatory

  • Daniel Berlanga
  • Mia Silva

Idea Riverview College Preparatory

  • Ingrid Perez
  • Kayla Zamarripa

Jubilee Academies

Jubilee Brownsville

  • Frida Aguilar
  • Citlalic Mota

Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District

Los Fresnos High School

  • Sydney Peña
  • Hannia Rodriguez

Saint Joseph Academy

  • Natalya Avendaño
  • Andrea Fletes


South Texas Independent School District

South Texas ISD Medical Professions

  • Karol Hernandez
  • Daniel Huerta


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