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County seniors receive Cailloux scholarships

Special to the Courier

This month, administrators with the Cailloux Foundation in Kerrville will award 16 college scholarships to area students – including five high school seniors from Bandera County.
Awards are up to $14,000 per recipient annually and are for undergraduate study only. The scholarships are renewable for up to four years for a maximum multi-year award of $56,000 per student.
The 2016-2017 program will have 70 freshmen through senior level students participating as scholarship recipients enrolled in four-year public or private colleges or universities in Texas.
New scholarship recipients from Bandera County include Rachel Brosz, Kalie Mansfield and Krystian Osbourn from Bandera High School, and Blayre Harrison and Chellby Richter from Medina High School. Other high schools represented included Center Point, Fredericksburg, Nueces Canyon, Our Lady of the Hills Regional Catholic and Tivy.
“We have a quality group of ambitious young men and women receiving scholarships this year” said Ben Modisett, assistant executive director for the foundation, “I fully expect to see them all graduate in four years and succeed as they enter the workforce or begin graduate school.”
The applicants met or exceeded a minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score requirement of 1022, or a minimum American College Test (ACT) score of 22. They also carry a minimum grade average of 85 and are in the top one-third of their class.
Scholarship applications were made available to any interested senior graduating from an eligible high school and meeting the academic and financial eligibility requirements. The scholarship application will be available for next year early in November 2016.
Brosz plans to attend University of Texas Austin and major in business while Mansfield will attend Texas A&M with a biology major. Osbourn will major in communications at Abilene Christian.
Harrison plans to study nursing at Tarleton and Richter will major in psychology at Sam Houston.
The Cailloux Foundation Scholarship Program was created in 2000 to benefit graduating seniors from pre-selected high schools in the Texas Hill Country. Since the program was established, 270 scholarships – worth close to $10 million dollars – have been awarded by the foundation. This program is an extension of the Cailloux Foundation, established in 1994 by Floyd and Kathleen Cailloux to perpetuate their philanthropic vision.
The selection of scholarship recipients was overseen by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS) of Nashville, Tennessee.
ISTS utilized standard comprehensive recipient selection procedures in making the final selections, including the consideration of past academic performance, financial need, statement of career goals, educational aspirations, work experience, unusual personal or family circumstances, leadership skills, participation in school and community activities, recommendation letters, and original student essays. Recipients are selected at large based upon these considerations.
Current news about the scholarship program is available at facebook.com/caillouxscholars.