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Gomez Family Legacy Scholarship

Funded by
1 winner$1,500
Application Deadline
Apr 10, 2024
Winners Announced
May 10, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school junior or senior
First-generation and/or low-income

Despite recent increases in college diversity, many Hispanic students are still left without access to higher education. 

57% of Hispanic children grow up in poor or near-poor homes, leading to a lack of the financial resources necessary to pursue college. With college costs growing, it’s difficult or impossible for low-income students to afford their education without taking out crippling student debt.

This scholarship seeks to support underserved Hispanic students in Texas so they can have the resources they need to pursue higher education.    

Any Hispanic first-generation and/or low-income high school junior or senior in Texas may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us what motivates you to be successful and why your education is important to you.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published August 30, 2023
Essay Topic

Explain what motivates you to become successful and why pursing an education is important to you.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Miranda Alvarez
Caprock High SchoolAMARILLO, TX
My name is Miranda Alvarez, and I am from Amarillo Texas. I attend Caprock High School, and currently I am ranked in the top 5% of my class. Grades have always been an important aspect of who I am now. With my strive for good grades, I have been provided with many great opportunities that have helped shape my future career goals. I am the middle child of a 5 person family, and due to that, I'm very family oriented. I plan to attend either Amarillo College or WT in order to achieve my goal of graduating with a Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing and ultimately become a travel nurse. I am applying for this scholarship for the purpose of earning enough money to be able to attend college full time and accomplish my educational goal of earning my Bachelor's degree. This scholarship will help me carry out that goal by providing financial assistance for the many expenses that are incurred during the journey, seeing as neither my parents or I have the immediate money for it. To be able to attend college, means having the financial resources available to do so and to be able to succeed academically without having much worry over how I will pay for college. All throughout my high school years, I have been very involved in community service based organizations. These organizations have only expanded my love for volunteering and helping those in need that are in my community. I am currently in the National Honor Society with a leadership position, National Technical Honor Society, vice president of Student Council, and as well as Key Club, and Akademia, Caprock High-School’s own honors society. Both NHS and NTHS are community based volunteering organizations. To volunteer out in my community wherever help is needed brings me great joy. As a part of the Student Council, we help around our school and offer help to students in need. We also work in partnership with small businesses to provide clothes, hygiene products, and blankets for the homeless and local pet shelters. Aside from school related organizations, I have currently sought out another volunteer opportunity that I can do every month on my own. This organization is called Fill With Hope, and their end goal of providing elementary school kids in need with snacks has really inspired me to continue with them. Another important aspect of my life has been my drive to improve my social skills greatly. I would still be the quiet and reserved person if it weren't for my realization that being a shy person wasn’t going to get me very far in life. I have been actively improving that with every day that passes by involving myself more with my community and taking every opportunity that is offered to me. I can now say that I’m confident in my social skills. Lastly I would like to take this opportunity to thank the donors for contributing to this scholarship and providing opportunities that would help students accomplish their educational goals. I would also like to express my gratitude towards the selection committee for their time, effort, and consideration of my application.
Jocelyn Macias
Caprock High SchoolAmarillo, TX
I am a first generation, and I come from an immigrant family where they never got the chance to get an education higher than an elementary level. For as long as I can remember my parents have constantly reminded me what a blessing it is to get an education in order to strive in my life, so I don't end up working a job that can only make ends meet just like my dad is right now. For years that is what he has been doing. He has always made sure we have had enough food, clothes, and a roof over our heads for my family. My mom is a full-time mother to me and my two younger siblings. She lacks the ability to read, write, and speak English fluently which denies her the opportunity to find a good-paying job for her in order to help my dad with bills and payments. Since I was eight years old, I was the one to interpret everything for my parents. My dad understands a little bit of English but he still needs help and I am always open to help him because that is the kind of person I am. No matter how big or small the task is, I won't deny someone needing my help. As soon as I turned 15, I started seeking any job that would take me in so I could at least help my family out in any way. It was never enough, but it was at least a small amount to have a good meal on the table. Even with those kinds of struggles, I still remember that I am the eldest setting an example to my siblings. I try my very best to give them advice of any sort, teach them right from wrong, and prepare them for what's next to come in their lives from the past experiences that I have learned. My academic goal is to be an impactful educator to those in need of guidance. I want to become a teacher to not only teach them what the State of Texas wants them to learn but acknowledge their personal lives and help them in any way I can. I take time out of my own personal life to put others before me and look forward to making a safe, learning environment for my future students. It brings joy to my heart when I help others and can bring them a little light. I have had many great teachers in my past who have all taught me something different, including how to be there for others. Those teachers inspired me to become a teacher just like them. I always hear from other people that the pay isn't good and that I should pursue something different, but I want to prove them wrong. I want to be a teacher. I can’t wait to go to college and become a teacher, but I have financial constraints that will make this goal difficult to reach. Receiving your scholarship award would mean the world to me (and my family). I am a hard worker who is used to managing numerous activities while upholding my grades. I am ready to continue my learning and to benefit students’ lives in any way I can. Thank you for considering me for your award.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 10, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 10, 2024.

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