Erick Castillo graduated from KIPP Houston High School ranked 8th out his 124 classmates. Erick will attend the University of Texas in the fall with plans to major in electrical engineering. At KIPP, he played varsity football, soccer and baseball while volunteering and participating in various school activities and helping his dad as a welding assistant every Saturday.
“By delving into mathematics and the sciences, and learning the laws by which the universe runs, I am ensuring a future rich in happiness and purpose.”
Larry Murchison graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School with one of the highest GPA of all his classmates. He will attend Sam Houston State University and plans to earn a degree in Business Management. Larry was named Mr. Phillis Wheatly in 2012 and served as Vice President for the Men of Distinction program at the high school. Larry is a very active member of the Finnegan Park Boys and Girls Club and came highly recommended by the club’s director for his ability to reach other youth in a positive way.
“I know how it feels to grow up in poverty. Everyone needs help at some point in time. I am more than motivated to help kids throughout the community and motivate them to go to college. I will try my best to ingrain in my community that ‘failure is not an option’.”
A graduate from KIPP Houston High School, Maria will be attending Duke University to major in Biology and aspires to become a doctor specializing in pediatric arthritis. She ranked 4th in her class of 124 and received glowing recommendations from her teachers. This summer Maria will travel to Costa Rica with her KIPP classmates to work alongside local conservationists to save sea turtles. In 2012, Maria was awarded Honorable AP Scholar by KIPP for her high achievement on the AP exams.
“One of the greatest sacrifices I’ve had to make was losing my childhood friend. This sacrifice is just one of the many I have made and as I prepare to go to college I look at my father’s sacrifices and realize the most important road my father has paved has been that of my education.”
Gavin Sanchez is a graduate from YES Prep Southeast and in addition to his many extra-curricular activities, he was also ranked as one of the top students in his class with a 3.97 GPA. Gavin will attend The George Washington University with plans to major in Business Management. While at YES Prep, he served as the Varsity Captain for both the Cross Country and Track teams, as a Student Ambassador, all while taking 5 AP classes his final semester of senior year.
“The fact that my dad has been working two jobs since I was a baby to support his family is motivating enough to influence who I have become in my life thus far. I want to expand from his legacy and make a noticeable impact in this world and on the people surrounding me. My dad has engrained in me that the word ‘can’t’ should play no part in my vocabulary because there is always a will if there is a way therefore nothing is impossible.”
The four scholarship winners will be introduced to our family of 44 current recipients on Sunday, June 9th for our Scholarship Celebration, Evening with our STARS. We look forward to being a part of their journey in higher education and beyond.
Read more about The Steve Francis Scholarship Program here.