Last week, six outstanding HISD seniors were surprised with 2019 HISD Superintendent and Board of Education Scholar Awards totaling $30,000.
Each student received $5,000. This week and next week, four more students will receive the same amount.
HISD Superintendent and Board of Education Scholar Awards, in the amount of $2,000, are presented annually to graduating seniors who have exemplified great character and resilience in the face of adversity. One senior from every HISD high school will receive scholarships.
However, moved by their stories of overcoming great obstacles, HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan selected 10 HISD seniors to receive $5,000 scholarships. Lathan and HISD Board of Education trustees are making surprise school visits to present the $5,000 awards. Over the next two weeks, they will surprise the remaining four students.
Stacy Gonsoulin, a senior from North Houston Early College High School, was the first student to receive a surprise scholarship visit.
Gonsoulin has been the primary caretaker for both of her disabled, ill parents for nearly a decade. Despite her considerable responsibilities at home, Gonsoulin has taken advanced classes while working nights and weekends to support her family.
“I wasn’t expecting anything. It was a normal day for me, other than my mom was in the hospital,” Gonsoulin said. “This is going to make a major impact because both of my parents are on disability, and we really have no money for college.”
Gonsoulin plans to attend the University of North Texas at Denton to study interior design.