Thousands of Houston students and their families left the New Futuro college prep fair in October equipped with all the tools and resources necessary to get into college and beyond. But three lucky HISD students left with more, including thousands of dollars in scholarships.
New Futuro’s biggest prizes, a $4,500 and a $2,500 college scholarship, went to Alejandro Reyes from Hartman Middle School and Jennifer Hernandez from Debakey High School.
“I’m really grateful for this scholarship,” said Hernandez, an aspiring clinical psychologist who plans to attend St. Edward’s University. “College is expensive and any amount is helpful, especially if it helps relieve the burden my parents will face when I attend the university.” Reyes plans to attend the University of Houston and join the U.S. Navy or Air Force.
Aside from scholarships, New Futuro also awarded an iPad to Ana Regalado from Reagan High School. Regalado has plans to seek a career in education as a teacher or an administrator and wants to attend Stanford University.
“Ana Regalado and her family were absolutely ecstatic that she won,” said Reagan High School Principal Connie Berger. “Ana is a true leader, and she finds the iPad a great tool to use in the work she does in school.”
HISD partnered with the New Futuro college prep fair, presented by Allstate, to transport hundreds of students and parents from various schools across the district. This free event provided the attendees thousands of dollars in scholarships, dozens of educational sessions with college and career experts, and a televised education-focused town hall. Plus, the students and parents had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of bilingual representatives from universities, colleges, and community organizations.