2012 Broad scholarship recipients
Leadership, initiative, community service, and setting realistic goals are a few of the things that the Broad scholarship review committee will be looking for when it reviews applications this spring.
HISD graduates will be applying for $550,000 in scholarships from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, thanks to the district winning this year’s Broad Prize and being named top urban school district in the country. Although the prize recognizes HISD’s efforts as a whole, the direct beneficiaries are students.
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HISD employees erupted in cheers on Sept. 25 after learning that the district had been selected as the 2013 winner of the Broad Prize in Urban Education.
Almost 200 central office employees gathered in a conference room at the district’s headquarters to hear the winner announced, and after U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan confirmed what many had hoped, the mood in the room was ecstatic.
The Houston Independent School District was awarded the most coveted award in public education on Wednesday because of consistently strong student academic achievement over a four-year period. The Broad Prize for Urban Education comes with $550,000 in college scholarships for graduating seniors.
HISD is now the nation’s first two-time winner of the prestigious award, which recognizes each year the public school system that has demonstrated the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students. HISD won the first Broad Prize awarded in 2002.