Education Fund

2016 Scholarship Winner Gallery

Dedicated staff, volunteers, and members of the board are excited to announce 2016 NEF Scholarship Winners!

Eighteen (18) $500 Scholarships were awarded to students from across the country - including students from Texas, New Jersey and Arkansas. We congratulate these young people on their incredible determination to succeed and wish them mush success in all their future endeavors!

Alexandra Valencia

Hometown: Cameron County, Texas

Eduardo Cordova

Hometown: Cameron County, Texas

Eli Cordonva

Hometown: Cameron County, Texas

Gerardo Reyes

Hometown: Cameron County, Texas

Giovanna Cantu

Hometown: Cameron County, Texas

Iris Lopez

Hometown: Cameron County, Texas

Jaclyn Estrada

Hometown: Carrizo Springs, Texas

Jonathan Contreras

Hometown: Cameron County, Texas

Jose Atkinson

Hometown: Port Isabel, Texas

Karla Carrasco

Hometown: Del Rio, Texas

Laura Izaguirre

Hometown: Mercedes, Texas

Misty Aguilar

Hometown: Del Rio, Texas

Samantha Flores

Hometown: Mercedes, Texas

Sara Prieto

Hometown: Harlingen, Texas

Yajahira Cordova

Hometown: Cameron County, Texas

Yulissa Mota

Hometown: Bayonne, New Jersey

Brian Baugh

Hometown: Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Emilio Gonzalez

Hometown: Falfurrias, Texas

2014 Scholarship Winner Gallery

Dedicated staff, volunteers, and members of the board are excited to announce 2014 NEF Scholarship Winners!

Seventeen (17) $500 Scholarships were awarded to students from across the country – including students from California, Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas! We congratulate these young people on their incredible determination to succeed and wish them much success in all their future endeavors!

2014 Winners of The Dr. Ruben Gallegos Scholarship Award

Honoring The Cameron County Housing Authority

Luis H. Pena

Hometown:Brownsville, Texas
Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, Mr. Pena hopes to someday own his own business.

Ashly Pena

Hometown:Brownsville, Texas
Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M Kingsville, Texas, Miss Pena hopes to someday use her education to assist her community and inspire others to pursue higher education.

Eduardo Cordova

Hometown:Brownsville, Texas
Mr. Cordova is a current senior at Saint Joseph Academy. Mr. Cordova intends to study Mechanical Engineering at a local university.

Isidro Martinez

Hometown:Brownsville, Texas
Mr. Martinez is a current senior at Simon Rivera High School. He has a passion for athletics and intends to study Physical Therapy at the University in the fall.

Mario Martinez

Hometown:Los Fresnos, Texas
Mr. Martinez is a current senior at Los Fresnos High School. After graduation, he intends to pursue a degree in Wind Energy and Turbine Technology at Texas State Technical College.

2014 Winners of The Ana Maria Gonzalez Scholarship Award

Honoring The Housing Authority of The City of Eagle Pass

Leslie Cardenas

Hometown:Eagle Pass, Texas
Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Southwest Texas Junior College, Miss Cardenas hopes to someday manage her own restaurant and share her mother’s recipes with the world.

Noemi Esquivel

Hometown:Eagle Pass, Texas
Currently completing her general education requirements at Southwest Texas Junior College, Miss Esquivel intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education from Texas A&M in Laredo, Texas.

2014 Winner of The Robert Johnstown Scholarship Award

Honoring The Winnebago County Housing Authority

Tremayne Richardson

Hometown:Rockford, Illinois
As captain of his high school football team, Mr. Richardson demonstrated a passion for both sports and helping people perform their best. He is currently pursuing a degree in Sports Medicine at Rock Valley College and hopes to someday help others as an Athletic Trainer.

2014 Winner of The Blas Cantu Jr. Scholarship Award

Honoring The Housing Authority of the City of Harlingen

Danielle Torrez

Hometown:Harlingen, Texas
Currently pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts at Texas State Technical College, Miss Torrez sees education as a means to better herself and improve life for her family. She hopes to someday travel the world as a gourmet chef.

2014 Winner of The Housing Authority of the City of Calexico Scholarship Award

Honoring The Housing Authority of The City of Calexico

Joceline Moreles

Hometown:Calexico, California
Currently pursuing a degree in Cultural Anthropology at Imperial Valley College, Miss Moreles hopes to inspire others to use education to better themselves and circumstances.

2014 Winners of The Barbara Fuqua Scholarship Award

Honoring The Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority

Tania Ervin

Hometown:Toledo, Ohio
Currently pursuing a degree in Business Management at Bowling Green State University, Miss Ervin believes hard work pays off and hopes to someday open her own business.

Tashell Green

Hometown:Toledo, Ohio
A current senior at Bowsher High School in Toledo, Miss Green is an active volunteer in her community and intends to study Interior Design at Owens Community College.

2014 Winner of The Stanley Hudson Scholarship Award

Honoring The Falfurrias Housing Authority

Erika Valdez

Hometown:Falfurrias, Texas
Currently pursuing a degree in Animal Science, Miss Valdez hopes to someday work in a zoo and help care for exotic animals.

2014 Winner of The Port Isabel Youth Education Scholarship Award

Honoring The Housing Authority of The City of Port Isabel

Yvonne Reyes

Hometown:Port Isabel, Texas
Currently pursuing a degree in Psychology at the University of Texas in Brownsville, Miss Reyes hopes to someday help others to practice positive thinking and make progress towards their personal goals.

Maria Quezada

Hometown:Port Isabel, Texas
Currently pursuing a degree in Graphic Design at The University of Texas Pan American, Miss Quezada hopes to someday travel the world as a professional artist.

2014 Winner of The Johnstown Housing Authority Youth Scholarship Award

Honoring The Johnstown Housing Authority

Kayla Ohler

Hometown:Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Miss Ohler completed army boot camp this past September, and begins studies at West Virginia University this spring. She is pursuing a degree in Forensic & Investigative Science, and hopes to someday work for the FBI on matters of national security.

2014 Winner of The Robert Cook Scholarship Award

Honoring The Housing Authority of The City of Pueblo

Jasmyn Jimenez

Hometown:Pueblo, Colorado
Miss Jimenez is currently attending Pueblo Community College and pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy and hospice care.

2013 Scholarship Winner Gallery

Dedicated staff, volunteers, and members of the board are excited to announce 2013 NEF Scholarship Winners!

Eleven $500 scholarships were awarded to students from across the country - including students from Colorado, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia! We congratulate these young people on their incredible determination to succeed and wish them much success in all their future endeavors!

Natalie Rojo - 2013 Winner of The Blas Cantu, Jr. Scholarship Award

Honoring The Housing Authority of the City of Harlingen
Harlington, Texas

Hometown:Harlingen, Texas
Graduated:May 2013
Currently pursuing her B.S. at Texas State Technical College

Sha'Quira Holemon - 2013 Winner of The Anthony E. King Scholarship Award

Honoring The Franklin Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Franklin, Virginia

Hometown:Franklin, Virginia
Graduated:May 2013
Currently pursuing a degree in Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University

Jesus Lara - 2013 Winner of The Arturo C. Gonzalez Scholarship Award

Honoring The Housing Authority of The City of Del Rio
Del Rio, Texas

Hometown:Del Rio, Texas
Graduated:May 2013
Currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Sul Ross State University

Janie Natal - 2013 Winner of The Cathy Jackson Scholarship Award

Honoring The Seguin Housing Authority
Seguin, Texas

Hometown:Seguin, Texas
Graduated:May 2013
Currently pursuing a B.A. in English at Texas State University in San Marco, Texas

Yajahira Cordova - 2013 Winner of The Dr. Ruben Gallegos Scholarship Award

Honoring The Cameron County Housing Authority
Brownsville, Texas

Hometown:Brownsville, Texas
Graduated:May 2013
Currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana

Tashell Green - 2013 Winner of The Barbara Fuqua Scholarship Award

Honoring The Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority
Toledo, Ohio

Hometown:Toledo, Ohio
Graduated:May 2013
Currently pursuing her Associates degree at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio

Kayla Ingram - 2013 Winner of The Frank D. Pacheco Scholarship Award

Honoring The Housing Authority of the City of Pueblo
Pueblo, Colorado

Hometown:Pueblo, Colorado
Graduated:May 2013
Currently pursuing a degree in sports medicine at Coffeyville Community College, and plans to continue her education at a 4-year university

Alisa Proffer - 2013 Winner of The Frank D. Pacheco Scholarship Award

Honoring The Housing Authority of the City of Pueblo
Pueblo, Colorado

Hometown:Pueblo, Colorado
Graduated:May 2013
Currently pursuing a degree in Pre-professional Nursing at Colorado State University - Pueblo

Cheyenne Romero - 2013 Winner of The Steve Nawrocki Scholarship Award

Honoring The Housing Authority of the City of Pueblo
Pueblo, Colorado

Hometown:Pueblo, Colorado
Graduation Date:May 2014
Currently a Senior at South High School in Pueblo, Co, plans to persue a degree in Occupational Therapy

Ilse Aide Delgado - 2013 Winner of The Gerald Cichon Scholarship Award

Honoring The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas

Hometown:El Paso, Texas
Graduation Date:May 2014
Currently a Senior at Irvin High School in El Paso, Tx, and plans to pursue a degree in Social Work