The school year is only a couple of weeks in. But high school seniors are already working toward earning college scholarships. One lucky Eisenhower High School student just picked up her first scholarship. Diana Ramírez is a 2015 Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund recipient.
Diana is a member of the Class of 2016. She intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in finance. But she doesn’t plan to stop there. The senior wants to go to law school to focus in her area of interest: business.
Ben Ibarra lauds Diana. He is principal of the campus.
“I am proud of Diana and her accomplishments,” said Ibarra. “She is a great example of the great things happening at Eisenhower High School.“
Teacher Robert Mansour is also happy for Diana. Mansour also serves as the International Baccalaureate coordinator at the campus. Aldine ISD offers the entire IB continuum — Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program and Diploma Program. Eisenhower is an IB World School. Students can take part in its rigorous academic program and earn an IB Diploma.
Mansour shared that Diana has been an IB student since starting school in AISD. She attended Kujawa Elementary School, Wilson Intermediate School, Shotwell Middle School, and Eisenhower Ninth Grade School. She is currently in the IB Diploma program at Eisenhower High School.
“I couldn’t be happier for her,” said Mansour. “Diana is deserving of the scholarship. Not only is she a charming young lady, but she is also a commendable student. Diana embodies the IB Learner Profile.“
Emmy award-winning journalist Linda Lorelle, her husband Lou Gregory and Martha Harvey founded the LLSF in 1991. The Fund has a strong commitment to helping Houston-area students get to college. The LLSF also follows the Scholars to ensure they get through it. The Fund helps first generation students succeed.
The Fund selects 15 scholars each year. Scholars receive financial support to cover postsecondary costs. The LLSF has disbursed more than $4 million since its foundation. Scholars also receive college preparation along with life skills guidance.
Once the Scholars arrive at their college campuses, the LLSF monitors them. The Fund continues to support them throughout the duration of their undergraduate experience. Scholars submit tuition requests every semester along with official transcripts. This information can lead to assist Scholars with whatever is impeding their academic performance.
“My mom inspires me,” said Diana. “She stopped her education when she was young to support her family. She didn’t have the advantages I have today. I learned early on that you have to work hard, be self-motivated and dedicated. I knew that if I stayed the course that I could be successful in whatever I want to do.
“I don’t allow failure to hold me back. In fact, it makes me work even harder to achieve.“
This young scholar is determined to reach her dreams.
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