Sammy Ochoa Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
Tyra-Ochoa Family
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$1,000
1st winner$500
2nd winner$500
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
2
Application Deadline
Apr 27, 2022
Winners Announced
May 27, 2022
Education Level
High School
1
Contribution
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Losing someone close to you is never easy, but while they are no longer here in person, they will always live on in your memory.

This scholarship is in remembrance of Sammy Ochoa, who passed away from cancer in September of 2020. Sammy was an incredibly talented guitar player and also a man of faith who trusted God until his last breath. Above all else, he was a devoted family man who gave his full heart and time to his wife, kids, and grandkids.

The Sammy Ochoa Memorial Scholarship will award $500 each year to one high school senior who will be going to college and who is interested in a career in the medical field, music, or pursuing a trade degree.

You must be from the Vernon, Texas area to be eligible for this scholarship.

To apply, please tell us a bit about yourself and how you plan to make a positive impact on the world. Tell us about some trials and tribulations you and your family have experienced and overcame.

Published June 4, 2021
$1,000
1st winner$500
2nd winner$500
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
2
Application Deadline
Apr 27, 2022
Winners Announced
May 27, 2022
Education Level
High School
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you plan to make a positive impact on the world. Share with us some of the trials and tribulations you and your family experienced and overcame.

400–600 words

Winning Applications

valerie tyra
Vernon High SchoolVernon, TX
Hi, I’m Valerie Tyra. I’m a senior for the class of 2022 at Vernon High School with a GPA of 4.52! I’m very involved in my school and community! I have been a varsity cheerleader for four years and play many sports such as volleyball, softball and run track! I’m the class representative for the student council and key club. I’ve been in Pals for two years where I have the opportunity to make an influence on the younger children at elementary schools.I have been an active member of campfire since kindergarten! Recently grew a big interest for future farmers of America! Also extremely involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes where I'm given the chance to spread the love and word of Jesus. I have always been on the path of wanting a career in Physical Therapy; it wasn't until my family and I were in a fatal car accident when it felt like God had this as my plan. The connection was now more personal. My mother and brother came out with multiple serious injuries and my ten year old sister passed away. My mom shattered her hip and as for my brother, he broke both legs and was in ICU for many days. I watched them struggle through physical therapy to get healthy again. I knew that I wanted to be someone's motivation to help them live a normal life again as I watch them grow. The loss of my sister was difficult for everyone. However, I've never seen a family go through as much adversity as mine and still live their lives to the fullest. We learned to love like there is no tomorrow and to hug like it was forever. I have the strongest family by far; each and every one of them grew closer to God and kept their faith steady. One thing that has stuck with us is remembering God gives his most difficult battles to his toughest soldiers. As the years have gone on we have experienced many heartbreaking deaths in our family but my strong family finds comfort in knowing that they are all home with the lord waiting for us. We have the best guardian angels watching over us as we live this short life on earth waiting for ever lasting happiness.
Miranda Disbrow
Chillicothe H SVernon, TX
Hi, my name is Miranda Disbrow, and I want to go into the medical field once I graduate to help people with whatever they need help in. I personally would like to go into the Phlebotomy program and then become a Medical Assistant. Growing up, my mom was a single parent and struggled to take care of three kids on her own. When she was in school to be a Phlebotomist, our house burned and we lost everything. We didn’t have anything left and we were struggling, we lived with my grandparents for almost five years while my mom worked to get us everything we needed. Once we got a house we were still struggling to pay bills. My mom has been through so much with us as kids and being a single parent of not only one kid but to three kids. Going to college and getting a degree is something very important to me. I want to be able to get a degree and help my mom with anything she needs. I might not have been able to do help her at the time like I wanted to, but nothing will stop me from helping her now. My sister will be the first to graduate college out of our family and I will follow and be the second to graduate college. My Highschool years have been probably the hardest years of my life. Growing up I didn’t have a father figure and the older I got the more it hurt knowing I didn’t have that father figure I wanted. I lost three of my uncles due to heart attacks, cancer, and COVID-19. COVID-19 had a really bad impact on my Highschool years, we didn’t get the education we needed to get for a year, then coming back to school in person and getting COVID-19 and having the worst of the worst also hurt as well. I would be happy to have the scholarship to help with my college.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 27, 2022. Winners will be announced on May 27, 2022.

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