Spring Branch Education Foundation awards 149 scholarships Spring Branch ISD graduates receive $177,675.                                                      

A record number of Spring Branch Independent School District seniors—149— received a total of $177,675 in scholarships at the Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) 2017 Bright Stars of SBISD, Celebrating Academic Excellence awards program on May 18 at The Westin Houston, Memorial City.
The event, hosted by SBEF, honored scholarship recipients as well as 2016-17 Teachers and Principals of the Year. “These seniors and educators are stand-outs who represent the many bright stars in Spring Branch ISD,” SBEF Executive Director Cece Thompson said. “It’s a privilege to recognize them.”
“The evening is not just another opportunity to award higher education scholarships,” Warren Matthews, SBEF board member and Scholarship Committee chair, said. “We publicly pay tribute to our seniors for their achievements and also to the educators and district employees who have helped prepare our honorees for the next stage of their lives.

“We are especially proud of the community’s help in making this possible. While we received a record number of scholarship applications this year, we also had several donors wanting to award a scholarship to each qualified applicant. An anonymous donor family stepped up to the plate with an additional $10,000 donation, and Nexen Petroleum USA donated another $5,000 to boost our scholarship funds over the top! We are grateful the community places such value on our graduates.”

Throughout the school year, Spring Branch ISD staff members contribute to the SBEF Employee Campaign, funding scholarships for SBISD graduates who are children of district employees. When employees were asked in August 2016 to contribute to SBEF’s 2016-17 Employee Campaign scholarship fund, they eagerly responded.

“The response was so great we awarded a $1,000 scholarship to every applicant – 58 graduates,” Thompson said.

Employee Campaign Scholarship, $1,000
Memorial High School – Kyle Culver, Riley Culver, Carson DeVaney, Rebecca Michelle Hail, Lynette Marie Leal, Joseph Quinn Ledgard, Maria Daniela Serrano Martinez, Anthony Quinn Tomaro McCall, Jasmine Norton, Austin Peterson, Katherine Reese, Ulf Rieder, Gladys Sofia Isart Ruiz
Northbrook High School – Sydney Giselle Lopez, Erik Rodriguez, Anthony Andres Santos
Spring Woods High School – Bruce Beth, Cole Everett Brast, Amanda Cerda, Michael Ethan Gallagher, Maritza Hernandez, Amanda Lee, Hannah Morphey, Daria Ostrovsky, Alejandro Patino, Yuliana Razo, Hector Rodriguez, Brittany Schneider, Quinn Richard Walstead, Karah Welch
Stratford High School – Hani Ahmad, Emma Barden, Andrew Nicholas Demeris, Darius Benjamin Dixon, Mark Duna, Samantha Englund, Samuel Evetts, Katelyn Hamilton, Madeleine Hay, Sol Herrera, Blake Elizabeth Machen, Courtney McCord, Donavon Rixie, Rachel Miriam Stone, Riley Timmreck, Nomaris Velez, Megan Weaver
Westchester Academy for International Studies – Elizabeth Aldana, Alyssa Barry, Isabella Boone, Akashsai Chella, Lorena Del Toro, Assael Guzman Monreal, Roldan Santiago Moreno, Karizbet De La Paz-Castillo, Mario Sifuentes, Raman Srivastava, Samantha Jane Verduzco

Other scholarships were presented to SBISD graduates by individuals or organizations, funded through SBEF.

  • Advocates for Education Scholarship, $1,000 - Arushi Guddanti – Memorial High School, Celeste Gonzalez, LaSean Roy – Spring Woods High School
    Kellan Cerveny, Jessica DeVlieger, Theodore Kimana, Claire Lewis, Justin Moore, Shaima Taheri, Paige Wright – Stratford High School
  • Warren Barfield Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 - Patrick Lewis – Stratford High School
  • Andres Bautista Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 - Jessica Aguilar, Alfredo Aguiluz – Spring Woods High School
  • Sarah Chidgey Memorial Scholarship, $4,000 - Salma Almasri – Stratford High School and Daniel Rahimzadeh – Westchester Academy for International Studies
  • CITGO STEM Scholarship, $1,000 - Breanna Alvarez, Emily Ellis, Jung Woo Park, Andrew Su – Memorial High School, Jillian Ebanks, Rebekah LeMaire – Spring Woods High School, Mays Al-maliki, Mehmet Felek, Adam El-Tablawy, Ernest Kohnke, Heavin Oh, Mackenzie Schlief – Stratford High School, Kalman Mahlich, Grace Tran, Gregoria Uroza – Westchester Academy for International Studies
  • Melvin Eldridge Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 - Ruiyang Liu, Sydney Milanesi – Memorial High School
  • Friends Scholarship, $1,000 - Anali Alejandra Cervantes – Stratford High School
  • Frostwood Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000 - Daniel Fonseka – Memorial High School
  • Goldstein Altman Scholarship, $2,000 - Elizabeth Bik, Amelia Caven, Lan Ly Nguyen, Davis Palmie – Memorial High School
  • Dr. Hal Guthrie Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 - Rachel Lootens – Memorial High School
  • Hunters Creek Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000 - Wesley Jones – Stratford High School
  • Sylvia Kirkland Scholarship, $1,000 - Zachary Harkins – Stratford High School
  • Shirley Bales Lincoln Memorial Scholarship, $1,675 - Katelyn Coolidge – Westchester Academy for International Studies
  • Meadow Wood Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000 - Travis White – Stratford High School
  • Memorial City Mall Scholarship, $6,000 - Katie Dickerson, Katherine Linda Pietsch Koslan – Spring Woods High School
  • Memorial Middle PTA Scholarship, $1,000 - William Donald Ellis III – Memorial High School
  • Monica Neubauer Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 - Samantha Stinson, John William Tucker – Memorial High School
  • Rachel Pendray Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 - Pamela Ortiz Hernandez, Huybinh Ma, Tam Tran – Spring Woods High School
  • Prosperity Bank Scholarship, $1,500 - Ludguin Ruiz Garcia – Northbrook High School
  • Lary Reap Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 - Diana Campos Flores – Northbrook High School
  • Rummel Creek Elementary PTA Scholarship, $2,500 - Joshua Chan, Jessica Sheldon – Stratford High School
  • Shadow Oaks Elementary PTA Scholarship, funded by Valley Oaks Elementary PTA, $1,000 - Ericka Reyes – Spring Woods High School
  • Spring Branch Education Foundation Scholarship, $1,000
    Alexis Bennett, Guadalupe Flores, James Herrington, Brian Kim, Holly Kurisky, Sarah Murchison, Melanie Rodriguez-Mejia – Memorial High School
    Lizbeth Galicia, Genesis Godinez, Estefania Castro Ramon – Northbrook High School
    Matthew Gilmore, Dean Ramirez – Spring Woods High School
    Andrew Christopher Ferguson, Jacob Harrison Finkelstein, Alexis Gervasio, Adam Glover, Oriana Molleda, Alice Morse, KenAsia Woods, Camila Zapater – Stratford High School
  • Spring Branch Education Foundation Young Leaders Scholarship, $1,000 - Dominique Anderson-Rivera – Spring Woods High School and Ronnie Johnson, Jordan Meza – Stratford High School
  • Spring Branch Lions Club Scholarship, $1,000 - Joshua Bryant Arnold – Northbrook High School and Liliana Rodriguez – Spring Woods High School
  • Spring Branch Middle School PTA Scholarship, $1,000 - Samuel Chase Gonsoulin – Northbrook High School
  • Spring Forest Middle School PTA Scholarship, $1,000 - Madison Aycock – Stratford High School
  • Stratford Senior High PTSA Sister School Scholarship, $1,000 - Juana Erik Gamarra Zambrano – Northbrook High School
  • Valley Oaks Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000 - Johnny Kaldis – Memorial High School
  • Judy Weisend Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 - Luis Nucette – Stratford High School
  • Wells Fargo & Company Scholarship, $1,000 - Toni Pavlovic – Stratford High School
  • Wilchester Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000 - Jacqueline Miriam White – Stratford High School
  • Wilchester Men’s Club Scholarship, $2,500 - Caroline Crawford, Hannah Pruitt, Heream Yang – Stratford High School

Community members who wish to support scholarship programs are invited to make tax-deductible donations to the Foundation and earmark it for scholarships. Call 713-251-2381 or visit for more information.

Photo: 58 SBISD seniors received $1,000 scholarships from the SBEF Employee Campaign

Disbursement Form: To claim scholarship funds please download the Disbursement Form and return to SBEF with a copy of your acceptance letter from the educational institution that you will be attending. Click Here