2020 Scholarship Celebration

Welcome to this year’s online Promising Futures Scholarship Celebration! We’re pleased to have this opportunity to recognize and celebrate the educational achievements and aspirations of BBBS’ graduates and Promisees!

This year, over $­­­­250,000 in scholarship funds have been made available to the agency’s graduating high school seniors, and an additional $390,000 in scholarship funds will be promised to newly eligible Littles (‘Promisees’) for use after graduating high school or earning a GED.

We’re so proud of the hard work and commitment demonstrated by these young people, and are confident that they will continue to move forward and accomplish great things in the future.

Our 2020 high school graduates and Big Futures mentees have plans to purse a variety of educational, employment and enlistment opportunities in the coming year. Keep reading to learn more about their ‘promising futures’!

See our 2020 Scholarship Ceremony video and keynote address here:

SCHOLARSHIP PROMISEES

2020 GRADUATES & HONOREES

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Abraham E.

Graduate of Akins High School

Plans to attend University of Texas at San Antonio; majoring in Business Management

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Adonis G.

Graduate of Crockett High School

Plans to attend Austin Community College, then transfer to 4-year college to major in Criminal Justice and Social Work

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Alejandra C.

Graduate of Pflugerville High School

Plans to attend Austin Community College – Sonography Program

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Alesia E.

Graduate of Manor Early College High School

Plans to attend University of Texas at San Antonio to major in Biology Pre-Medicine and minor in Linguistics

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Alexis D.

Graduate of Crockett High School

Plans to attend Austin Community College – BSN Nursing Program, then transfer to University of Texas at San Antonio or Texas State University to major in Nursing

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Anastasia P.

Graduate of KIPP Austin Collegiate

Plans to attend Texas State University to major in Biology

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Andrea T.

Graduate of Bastrop High School

Plans to work for a year, then attend Texas State Technical College – Culinary Arts Program

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Arius G.

Graduate of Akins Early College High School

Plans to attend Texas State University, majoring in Animal Science – Pre-Veterinarian Program

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Ashley B.

Graduate of Manor New Technology High School

Plans to attend University of Houston at Victoria

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Bladimir S.

Graduate of Northeast Early College High School

Plans to attend Austin Community College, then transfer to the University of Texas at Austin to major in Business

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Darius J.

Graduate of Northeast Early College High School.

Plans to attend Prairie View A&M University to major in Sports Management

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David R.

Graduate of Northeast Early College High School

Plans to attend Texas Southern University majoring in Criminal Justice, playing football as a walk-on player

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Deandrea B.

Graduate of East Austin College Prep.

Plans to attend Austin Community College while continuing to work

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Desirae P.

Graduate of Akins Early College High School

Plans to attend Austin Community College, then transfer to 4-year university to major in Law or Forensic Science

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Destiny R.

Graduate of Manor Excel Academy

Plans to attend Austin Community College – Culinary Arts Program while continuing to work

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Eddie V.

Graduate of Manor Senior High School

Plans to attend Austin Community College while continuing to work

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Eliza W.

Graduate of Travis High School

Plans to attend University of Houston to major in Social Work

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Esmeralda M.

Graduate of Navarro Early College High School

Plans to obtain Cosmetology License, then attend Austin Community College – Nursing Program

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Hector M.

Graduate of Bowie High School

Plans to obtain EMT certification with future plans to attend the Austin Fire Department Training Academy

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Isaiah T.

Graduate of American YouthWorks

Plans to attend college majoring in Information Technology

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Jamond D.

Plans to continue working

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Jayden S.

Graduate of Manor New Technology High School.

Plans to attend San Angelo State University

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Jenaya P.

Graduate of Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

Plans to attend Prairie View A&M University to major in Pre-Nursing

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Jessica L.

Graduate of Akins High School

Moving to Colorado to work, with future plans to join the U.S. Armed Forces

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Joshua C.

Graduate of Hays High School

Plans to attend Austin Community College Business Program

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Kelaya M.

Graduate of Manor Senior High School.

Plans to attend Prairie View A&M University to major in Psychology

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Keontray B.

Graduate of Lehman High School

Plans to attend Austin Community College for a year, then transfer to University of Texas at San Antonio to major in Computer Engineering

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Lia J.

Graduate of McCallum High School

Plans to attend University of Texas at San Antonio, majoring in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience

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Mitiyaah C.

Graduate of Leander High School

Plans to attend Texas State University to major in Criminal Justice

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Montserrat P.

Graduate of IDEA Montopolis College Prep

Plans to attend Kalamazoo College (Michigan) to major in Biology

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Morgan R.

Graduate of Austin High School

Plans to attend University of North Texas to major in Business Administration and minor in Human Resources

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Natalia T.

Graduate of Crockett High School

Plans to attend Austin Community College Health Sciences Program

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Nayeli V.

Graduate of Harmony School of Excellence

Plans to attend Texas State University to major in Science and Engineering

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Rebecca M.

Graduate of Wayside Sci-Tech

Plans to attend Austin Community College

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Samuel M.

Graduate of Del Valle Opportunity Center

Plans to attend Austin Community College – Criminal Justice Program

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Skylar L.

Graduate of Bowie High School

Plans to attend Universal Technical Institute to work on modifying sports cars; future goal of competing in Mixed Martial Arts

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Symphanie W.

Graduate of Manor Early College High School

Plans to attend Prairie View A&M University

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Terique B.

Graduate of Bastrop High School

Plans to attend Austin Community College Engineering Program

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Tyree K.

Plans to attend Austin Community College with intent to transfer to University of Texas to major in Business

CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!

GET TO KNOW LANCE GUNN

A Houston native, Lance Gunn served as a Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Executive Board Member from 2006 – 2009. While a student at the University of Texas from 1988 – 1993, he was a three-time All-Southwest Conference and All-American football player and was inducted into the University of Texas Longhorn Hall of Honor. Following college, Gunn continued playing football professionally for the Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints and NFL Europe.

He currently resides in Central Texas with his wife of 23 years and their two children, and is the area’s regional Sales Director at FritoLay.