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  • 8/26/2013

    2013 Alumni Gift Card Winners Announced

    The Texas Scholar Award® Program is pleased to announce that the following Texas Scholar Award® Alumni have won one of the ten $250 Gift Cards for 2013.

    These were selected from among those alumni who have communicated, or updated their profile, over the past year.

    The 2013 Winners are:

    Cobi Lynne Barker 2011 graduate of North Lamar High School, Paris

    Randi Elizabeth Berkovsky 2011 graduate of Shiner High School, Shiner

    Savannah Breen 2007 graduate of South Hills High School, Dallas-Fort Worth

    Nathan Chi-Wei Lo 2009 graduate of Stratford High School, Houston

    Robert Philip Dorman 2010 graduate of Callisburg High School, Gainesville

    Reid Parks Garcia 2009 graduate of McKinney High School, McKinney

    Adan Gonzalez 2011 graduate of Adamson High School, Dallas

    Ryan Elliott Lindveit 2012 graduate of Brazoswood High School, Clute

    Taylor Kenneth Phelps 2011 graduate of Grand Saline High School, Grand Saline

    Victoria Abigail Tackett 2011 graduate of Santo High School, Santo

     

    Gift Cards were mailed on Friday August 23rd.

    Congratulations and thanks for keeping in touch!

     

  • 7/1/2013

    Texas Scholar Award® Sponsorship is changing

     

    After sponsoring the Texas Scholar Award® Program for thirteen years, in April State Farm® decided to discontinue their support.

    Brandywine Consulting, the Texas Scholar Award® Program owner/ administrator, is currently in the process of securing a sponsorship for 2014 and beyond. 

    This search process began in late June and is likely to take a few months to complete.  We look forward to launching the 2014 Program in the late Fall of 2013 and will make a formal announcement at that time.

    We are planning to expand the program to cover students from all secondary schools in Texas in the coming year.  The details of the 2014 Texas Scholar Award® Program will be finalized once the new Presenting Sponsor is on board and will be broadcast when the Program is officially launched.

    Thanks for your longstanding support and enthusiasm; and have a great summer vacation!

  • 7/1/2013

    2013 Texas Scholar Award® checks were mailed

    via Priority Mail on Friday June 28th

    As always some of our Award Recipients elected to defer receiving their check for one or more years and those will be sent to them when requested.

    In keeping with IRS regulations, all Award Recipients who were sent their check last week will be sent an IRS Form 1099 in January 2014.

  • 4/16/2013

    Vote For Your Favorite

    and Win $5,000 For Your High School!

    THE RESULTS ARE FINAL

     

    Hamshire-Fannett High School has won $5,000


    At the close of voting, Hamshire-Fannett collected 694 votes more than Westwood High School in a competition that generated 163,517 votes.


    The following is a listing of the top 20 vote-getting high schools ranked by number of votes

           Final                   High School                                                      Total Votes

           Rank                                                                                                      Cast

    1

     

    Hamshire-Fannett High School

             38,231

    2

     

    Westwood High School

             37,537

    3

     

    Cypress Falls High School

             11,002

    4

     

    Buffalo High School

               8,376

    5

     

    Lyndon B. Johnson High School

               8,365

    6

     

    Cross Plains High School

               5,332

    7

     

    Mount Pleasant High School

               5,056

    8

     

    Glen Rose High School

               4,760

    9

     

    Friendswood High School

               4,413

    10

     

    Leander High School

               4,145

    11

     

    Highland Park High School

               3,598

    12

     

    James E. Taylor High School

               3,578

    13

     

    Clear Brook High School

               3,050

    14

     

    Hutto High School

               2,134

    15

     

    Ridge Point High School

               1,839

    16

     

    Clemens High School

               1,821

    17

     

    Lampasas High School

               1,623

    18

     

    Northwest High School

               1,602

    19

     

    Cypress Woods High School

               1,525

    20

     

    Ingram Tom Moore High School

               1,402

     

    The Texas Agents of State Farm congratulate Kelci Crawford and the entire Hamshire-Fannett community on a job exceedingly well done!

  • 4/15/2013

    Vote For Your Favorite and

    Win $5,000 For Your High School! Update



    Click  http://www.texasscholaraward.com/Scholars/Vote to vote now!

    As of 12 PM today, 122,893 votes have been cast! 

     

    As we come to the waning hours, the competition has seen a major change at the top.  Schools 3 through 9 have held their positions and as a result of their outstanding effort have tightened the race incredibly. 

    The big news is that HAMSHIRE-FANNETT has continued its strong surge for the second week and has overtaken WESTWOOD High School for first place. 

    Less than 600 votes separate the top two schools

    The following is a listing of the top 20 vote-getting high schools ranked by number of votes

         High School                          Current     Prior      Change

                                                              Rank       Rank    since 4/11

     

    Hamshire-Fannett                           1             2             50%

    Westwood                                            2             1             12%

    Cypress Falls                                       3             3             8%

    Buffalo                                                 4             4             7%

    Lyndon B. Johnson                          5             5             61%

    Mount Pleasant                                  6             6             50%

    Friendswood                                       7             7             35%

    Cross Plains                                       8             8             36%

    Highland Park                                    9             9             37%

    James E. Taylor                                10           11           41%       

    Leander                                                 11           13           49%

    Clear Brook                                         12           10           2%

    Hutto                                                      13           12           14%

    Ridge Point                                          14           38           78%

    Clemens                                                 15           19           67%

    Lampasas                                              16           14           7%

    Glen Rose                                              17           16           14%

    Cypress Woods                                   18           15           3%

    Northwest                                           19           20           42%

    Ingram Tom Moore                         20           17           5%

     

    The competition is now in its final 8 hours but there is plenty of time to vote and the top 3 places could still change hands.


    Remember that there is no limit to the number of times that you can submit your vote.

  • 4/8/2013

    2013 Honorable Mention Scholars

    have been announced!

     

    The criteria for the 2013 Program was the most stringent ever.  This year we received 1,528 nominations from across the State and the level of competition was stronger than ever.  The nominations submitted demonstrated high levels of commitment to sustained academic achievements and athletic/extracurricular activities in the High School and surrounding communities.  

    In fact, the applicant pool was so strong that 52% of the 250 students who were selected as Honorable Mention Scholars are expected to rank in the top 1% of their graduating class and 88% are in the top 5%.  28% received National Merit Honors and all 250 demonstrated a diversity of involvement, leadership, and success in scholastic or athletic competitions as well as in community and church programs. 

    These students will receive a certificate of Honorable Mention to mark their achievement.

    Click here to see the full list (sorted by High School within City)

     

  • 4/3/2013

    2013 Honorable Mention Scholars

    will be announced on Saturday April 6th

     

    The criteria for the 2013 Program was the most stringent ever.  This year we received 1,528 nominations from across the State and the level of competition was stronger than ever.  The nominations submitted demonstrated high levels of commitment to sustained academic achievements and athletic/extracurricular activities in the High School and surrounding communities.  

    In fact, the applicant pool was so strong that 52% of the 250 students who were selected as Honorable Mention Scholars are expected to rank in the top 1% of their graduating class and 88% are in the top 5%.  28% received National Merit Honors and all 250 demonstrated a diversity of involvement, leadership, and success in scholastic or athletic competitions as well as in community and church programs. 

    These students will receive a certificate of Honorable Mention to mark their achievement.

  • 3/15/2013

    The Texas Agents of State Farm Insurance

    are pleased to announce

    the 50 Texas Scholars for 2013

    These outstanding young women and men were selected from a very competitive field of over 1,500 seniors from across the State.  As you will see by reading their bios, these scholars achieved academic excellence in a variety of settings while contributing to their schools and communities by their involvement outside the classroom.

    Over the coming days the bios of the last fifteen of these will be posted on the website (announced by a posting on the Texas Scholar Award® Facebook page), but photos and basic information is already posted on the Texas Scholars page of this website.

    The following is a list of all fifty 2013 Texas Scholars.  The list is sorted by region of the State and broken down by major metropolitan areas.  Those attending schools outside major areas are listed by their county.

    Congratulations to these fine students, to their parents and guardians, and to the school programs that provided the foundation and stimulus for their endeavors.

     

    Texas Region:  East

         Metropolitan Area:  Austin-San Marcos

              Lake Travis High School in Austin

                   Jonathan Francis Cunningham

     

              Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School in Austin

                   Roger Randolph Cain

     

              Westwood High School in Austin

                   Sailesh Kumar

     

              Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville

                   Nancy Tran Kha

     

              Georgetown High School

                   Ryan Rickerson

     

              Hutto High School

                   James Albert Felderhoff

     

              Leander High School

                   Trevor John Coville

     

         Metropolitan Area:  Beaumont-Port Arthur

              Hamshire Fannett High School

                   Kelci Nicole Crawford

     

              Nederland High School

                   Ariana Elizabeth Akbari

     

              Port Neches-Groves High School

                   Mary Elizabeth Dubois

     

         Metropolitan Area:  Houston-Galveston-Brazoria

              Glenda Dawson High School in Pearland

                   Grace Danting Li

     

              Ridge Point High School in Missouri City

                   Alyson Micole Miranda

     

              Foster High School in Richmond

                   Cyrus Moseti Motanya

     

              Friendswood High School

                   Bryan Holcomb

     

              Cypress Woods High School

                   Yameng Leslie Zhang

     

              Clear Brook High School in Friendswood

                   Rishi Suresh

     

              Clear Lake High School in Houston

                   Benjamin Chungyu Chang

     

              Cypress Falls High School in Houston

                   Grace Chang

     

              James E. Taylor High School in Katy

                   Sarah Anne Stevenson

     

              Kingwood High School

                   Madeline Hazle

     

              The Woodlands High School

                   Timothy Nysetvold

     

         County:  Houston County

              Grapeland High School

                   Julie Michelle Riess

     

         County:  Lampasas County

              Lampasas High School

                     Beau Webb

     

         County:  Lee County

              Lexington High School

                   Karley Wren

     

         County:  Leon County

              Buffalo High School

     

    Texas Region:  Northeast

         Metropolitan Area:  Dallas-Fort Worth

              Carroll Senior High School in Southlake

                   Aaron Ireland

     

              Highland Park High School in Dallas

                   Elizabeth Reynolds

     

              Keller High School

                   Michael Christian Opolski

     

              Liberty High School in Frisco

                   Xin Chen

     

              Northwest High School in Justin

                   Caren Stuebe

     

              R. L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth

                   Dominic Jeffrey Yurk

     

              Richardson High School

                   Yaseen Sayeed Ahmad

     

              The Colony High School

                   Sara Nicole Jendrusch

     

              Wakeland High School in Frisco

                   John Robert Polarinakis

     

              Weatherford High School

                   Rachel Elizabeth Masters

     

         Metropolitan Area:  Sherman-Denison

              Howe High School

                   Kristen Marcelle Ross

     

         County:  Callahan County

              Cross Plains High School

                  Makayla Cheyenne Cowan

     

         County:  Erath County

              Stephenville High School

                   Ryker Grant Thompson

     

         County:  Jones County

              Stamford High School

                   Ann Elizabeth Martin

     

         County:  Somervell County

              Glen Rose High School

                   Benjamin Coppock

     

         County:  Titus County

              Mount Pleasant High School

                   Husnain Shahid

     

    Texas Region:  South

         Metropolitan Area:  Corpus Christi

              Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi

                   Samuel Burgess Lambiotte

     

         Metropolitan Area:  Laredo

              Lyndon B. Johnson High School in Laredo

                   Alicia Vazquez

     

         Metropolitan Area:  San Antonio

              Lous D. Brandeis High School in San Antonio

                   Tyler Matthew Tschirhart

     

              La Vernia High School

                   Reed Hunter Stevens

     

              Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz

                   Aruna Kharod

     

         County:  Kerr County

              Ingram Tom Moore High School

                   Fred Coleman Tally-Foos

     

         County:  Lavaca County

              Shiner High School

                   Emmalie Berkovsky

     

         County:  Live Oak County

              Three Rivers High School

                   Luis Alberto Riojas

     

  • 3/2/2013

    2013 Texas Scholar Award® Update

     

    1,528 nominations were submitted and the application process closed at 11:59 PM on March 1st as planned.  The credentials of the students throughout the year have been outstanding and the selection of the final 15 recipients will be extremely competitive.  Class 1 and 2 selections have been certified and Class 3 selection is now in process.

    We expect the notification of counselors for the final 15 to begin on/before March 7th, and the final certification process should take five to seven days.  As with Classes 1 and 2, counselors will be asked to personally contact the student to let him/her know of the selection.

    As the certification is completed, the Award Recipients’ name, photo, and high school will be posted on the TexasScholarAward® Facebook page as well as in the Meet our Texas Scholars section on this website’s home page.  Be sure to become a fan (“Like” the Facebook page) so that you keep abreast of the award announcements and all upcoming news.

    On March 22nd, the fifty students who have been selected as a Texas Scholar Award® recipient will be invited to compete in Stage II of this program From these 50 students, three will be selected as Silver Medalists and will receive an additional $5,000 award.  One outstanding student will be selected as the Gold Medalist and will receive an additional $10,000 award.  Full details will be announced on the 22nd.

    Check back to learn about the Vote for Your Favorite competition that begins on March 22, 2013.  This competition is limited to the high schools which the 50 Texas Scholars attend, and the winning school will receive a $5,000 prize.  Full details will be announced on March 18th.

    Also if you are, or know, one of our Texas Scholar Award® Alumni please click on the Alumni tab above to update your bio and post new photos.  All alumni who update their profile between June 30 2012 and April 30, 2013 will be entered into a random drawing to win one of ten $250 Gift Cards.  Contact support@texasscholaraward.com with questions.

     

    The following is a schedule of remaining milestones for the 2013 Texas Scholar Award® Program:

    • Mar 15th                       Announce all 2013 Texas Scholars
    • Mar 22nd                      Start Stage II competition                                                                             Start of Vote for Your Favorite
    • Apr 1st                           Announce the 250 Honorable Mention Scholars                                          Announce the Vote for Your Favorite winner
    • Apr 15th                        End of Vote for Your Favorite                                                                                 Deadline for Stage II materials
    • Apr 30th                        Deadline for Where are They Now Alumni updates
    • May 1st                          Announce the Silver and Gold Medalists                                                    Announce Vote for Your Favorite winner                                                           Presentations through the end of the school year
    • May 15th                       Announce the 10 Where are They Now winners

  • 2/18/2013

    2013 Texas Scholar Award® Update

     

    Over 1,270 nominations have been submitted by students or their parents, and most have been verified by the students' counselors.  Class 1 and 2 selections resulted in 35 of the 50 Texas Scholars being selected for 2013 - $35,000 in Awards have been locked up - $40,000 more to come!

    The counselors for the Stage 2 students are now being contacted and are being asked to formally certify the information submitted on the nomination forms.  Counselors are being asked to personally contact the student to let him/her know of the selection.

    The Award Recipients’ name, photo, and high school will be posted on the Texas Scholar Award® Facebook page as their final certification process is completed (generally within 2 to 3 days after certification with the counselor is completed).

    Click on Meet our Texas Scholars on this website’s home page or visit the TexasScholarAward Facebook page to see the list of Recipients as they are certified.  Make sure to become a fan (“Like” the page) so that you keep abreast of the award announcements.

    The cut-off date for the final selection of Texas Scholars is March 1, 2013 (less than 2 weeks away), so now that the Program is in its final days - work with your counselor, teacher, program director, or others to get your nomination submitted on time.  The competition is strong so it is important to make your application reflect how strong a candidate that you are.

    Remember, nominees who were not selected in Class 1 or 2 are automatically considered for the final selection.

     

    The following is a schedule of remaining milestones for the 2013 Texas Scholar Award® Program:

    • Mar 1st                          Close 2013 Applications
    • Mar 15th                       Announce all 2013 Texas Scholars
    • Mar 22nd                      Start Stage II competition
    •                                           Start of the "Vote for Your Favorite" competition
    • Apr 1st                           Announce the 250 Honorable Mention Scholars
    • Apr 15th                        End of the "Vote for Your Favorite" competition
    •                                           Deadline for Stage II materials
    • May 1st                          Announce the Silver and Gold Medalists
    •                                           Announce the Winner of "Vote for Your Favorite"
    •                                           Presentations through the end of the school year
    • May 15th                       Announce the 10 "Where are They Now" winners

     

                                                                                  

    As in the past, a nomination will only be considered if it has been "submitted" by a High School Counselor or Administrator.  Make sure that you leave enough time for your counselor to review and submit your nomination before the March 1st deadline!

     

    To initiate a nomination, students (or their parent /guardian) can click on Nominate a Student and they will be invited to register themselves. Once registered, the student (or parent/guardian) can complete all components of the nomination and then click on Submit Nomination. At that time, the counselor will be sent an email outlining next steps and control of the nomination will pass to him/her.

  • 2/6/2013

    2013 Texas Scholar Award® Update

     

    Over 1,103 nominations have already been submitted by students or their parents, and most have been verified by the students' counselors.  Class 1 and 2 selections resulted in 35 of the 50 Texas Scholars being selected for 2013.

    The counselors for these outstanding students are being contacted and they are being asked to formally certify the information submitted on the nomination forms.  Counselors are being asked to personally contact the student to let him/her know of the selection.

    The Award Recipients’ name, photo, and high school will be posted on the Texas Scholar Award® Facebook page as their final certification process is completed (generally within 2 to 3 days after completion).

    Click on Meet our Texas Scholars on this website’s home page or visit the TexasScholarAward Facebook page to see the list of Recipients as they are certified; and become a fan (“Like” the page) so that you keep abreast of the award announcements.

    The cut-off date for the final selection of Texas Scholars is March 1, 2013, so now that the Program is in its final days - work with your counselor, teacher, program director, or others to get your nomination prepared.  The competition is already strong so it is important to take the time to make your application reflect how strong a candidate that you are.

    Remember, nominees who were not selected in Class 1 or 2 are automatically considered for the final selection.

     

    The following is a schedule of remaining milestones for the 2013 Texas Scholar Award® Program:

    • Mar 1st                          Close 2013 Applications
    • Mar 15th                       Announce all 2013 Texas Scholars
    • Mar 22nd                      Start Stage II competition
    •                                         Start of the "Vote for Your Favorite" competition
    • Apr 1st                           Announce the 250 Honorable Mention Scholars
    • Apr 15th                        End of the "Vote for Your Favorite" competition
    •                                         Deadline for Stage II materials
    • May 1st                          Announce the Silver and Gold Medalists
    •                                         Announce the Winner of "Vote for Your Favorite"
    •                                         Presentations through the end of the school year
    • May 15th                       Announce the 10 "Where are They Now" winners

     

                                                                                 

    As in the past, a nomination will only be considered if it has been "submitted" by a High School Counselor or Administrator.  Make sure that you leave enough time for your counselor to review and submit your nomination before the March 1st deadline!

     

    To initiate a nomination, students (or their parent /guardian) can click on Nominate a Student and they will be invited to register themselves. Once registered, the student (or parent/guardian) can complete all components of the nomination and then click on Submit Nomination. At that time, the counselor will be sent an email outlining next steps and control of the nomination will pass to him/her.

  • 1/28/2013

    2013 Texas Scholar Award® Update

     

    Over 975 nominations have already been submitted by students or their parents, and most have been verified by the students' counselors.  Class 1 selection resulted in 20 of the 50 Texas Scholars being selected for 2013.

    The counselors for these twenty outstanding students have been contacted and have  personally notified the student of his/her know selection.  These student's nominations are now being certified, and once that process is completed the student's selection will be announced.

    The Award Recipients’ name, photo, and high school will be posted on the Texas Scholar Award® Facebook page as their final certification process is completed (generally within 2 to 3 days).  Also, the student will be highlighted on this Texas Scholar Award® website's homepage. 

    Visit https://www.facebook.com/TexasScholarAward now to see the list of Recipients as they are certified; and become a fan so that you keep abreast of the award announcements.

    The cut-off date for Class 2 Texas Scholars is THIS FRIDAY, February 1, 2013, so now that the Program is speeding toward its final cut-off on March 1st - work with your counselor, teacher, program director, or others to get your nomination prepared.  The competition is already strong so it is important to take the time to make your application reflect how strong a candidate that you are.

    Remember, nominees who were not selected in Class 1 are automatically considered for Classes 2 and 3.

     

    The following is a schedule of remaining milestones for the 2013 Texas Scholar Award® Program:

    • Feb 1st                           Close Class 2 Applications
    • Feb 15th                        Announce Class 2 Texas Scholars (15)
    • Mar 1st                          Close Class 3 Applications
    • Mar 15th                       Announce Class 3 Texas Scholars (15)
    • Mar 22nd                      Start Stage II competition
    • Mar 22nd                      Start of Vote for Your Favorite
    • Apr 1st                           Announce the 250 Honorable Mention Scholars
    • Apr 15th                        End of Vote for Your Favorite
    • Apr 15th                        Deadline for Stage II materials
    • May 1st                          Announce the Silver and Gold Medalists
    • May 1st                          Presentations through the end of the school year
    • May 15th                       Announce the 10 Where are They Now winners

  • 1/23/2013

    2013 Texas Scholar Award® Update

     

    Over 925 nominations have already been submitted by students or their parents, and most have been verified by the students' counselors.  Class 1 selection resulted in 20 of the 50 Texas Scholars being selected for 2013.

    The counselors for these twenty outstanding students are being contacted today and they are being asked to formally certify the information submitted on the nomination forms.  Counselors are being asked to personally contact the student to let him/her know of the selection.

    The Award Recipients’ name, photo, and high school will be posted on the Texas Scholar Award® Facebook page as their final certification process is completed (generally within 2 to 3 days). 

    Visit https://www.facebook.com/TexasScholarAward now to see the list of Recipients as they are certified; and become a fan so that you keep abreast of the award announcements.

    The cut-off date for Class 2 Texas Scholars is February 1, 2013, so now that the Program is speeding toward its final cut-off on March 1st - work with your counselor, teacher, program director, or others to get your nomination prepared.  The competition is already strong so it is important to take the time to make your application reflect how strong a candidate that you are.

    Remember, nominees who were not selected in Class 1 are automatically considered for Classes 2 and 3.

     

    The following is a schedule of remaining milestones for the 2013 Texas Scholar Award® Program:

    • Feb 1st                           Close Class 2 Applications
    • Feb 15th                        Announce Class 2 Texas Scholars (15)
    • Mar 1st                          Close Class 3 Applications
    • Mar 15th                       Announce Class 3 Texas Scholars (15)
    • Mar 22nd                      Start Stage II competition
    • Mar 22nd                      Start of Vote for Your Favorite
    • Apr 1st                           Announce the 250 Honorable Mention Scholars
    • Apr 15th                        End of Vote for Your Favorite
    • Apr 15th                        Deadline for Stage II materials
    • May 1st                          Announce the Silver and Gold Medalists
    • May 1st                          Presentations through the end of the school year
    • May 15th                       Announce the 10 Where are They Now winners