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Thursday, March 25, 2010

History and Heritage: Keys for the College Bound

By José Zapata, site manager for Casa Navarro State Historic Site

In honor of Navarro’s passion for education, the Friends of Casa Navarro initiated the José Antonio Navarro Distinguished Student Scholarship Award. A total of 40 high school seniors from throughout the San Antonio area applied for the scholarship this year.
The scholarship committee met on Saturday, February 20. Among the criteria considered by the scholarship committee were the student’s scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and a demonstrated awareness of the needs and issues within his or her community.
Interested students were asked to visit Casa Navarro State Historic Site to inspire a two- to three-page essay portraying the student’s experience in reflecting on José Antonio Navarro’s life and spirit. The students were asked to refer to their own reflections upon visiting Casa Navarro and how Navarro’s historical participation influenced their world and how his contributions are relevant today.

This year’s $1,000 scholarship awards recipients were honored at a recent reception.

1) Haley Michelle Hoekstra — Comfort High School
2) Jenna Caroline Barnett — John Marshall High School
3) Eric Andrew Johnston — Sandra Day O'Connor High School
4) John Alexander Ferguson III — Alamo Heights High School
This year’s scholarship committee members were Dr. Felix Almaraz, Dr. Betty Barrett Garza, Clemmie Rodriguez, Sarah Salinas and John Tillotson.
***Casa Navarro is located at the corner of S. Laredo and W. Nueva streets in downtown San Antonio in the Texas Independence Trail Region and Hill Country Trail Region.

1 comment:

  1. What a great program! So happy to see this happening for high school students - congrats to all of the recipients!