In 2012, UUMC began a scholarship program for Title One high school William B. Travis in south Austin. Our very own Curt Wyman was a physics teacher there for ten years, and is now retired.
We typically award one scholarship to a STEM graduate (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) and two or more scholarships to any other students. The scholarships are for the freshman year of a four year college only and vary between two and five thousand dollars depending on donations.
On Sunday, June 9th, our four UUMC Scholarship recipients were introduced to the congregation.
Donjae Galbert will be majoring in Life and Health Sciences Studies at The University of Texas at San Antonio in preparation for medical school. She has participated in the Early College Program for 4 years and graduated with a Liberal Arts Associates Degree in General Studies. Throughout her high school experience she has participated in her school’s track team, Dance guard, senior committee, student council, AVID, and Educational Talent Search. Her future goals while in college are to join local community clubs, study abroad, and apply for internships.
Mauricio Garcia will be majoring in Engineering at Texas A&M University Galveston. He has participated in the Early College Program for 3 years and recently graduated with a Liberal Arts Associates Degree in General Studies from Austin Community College. Throughout high school, he was involved in Chess Club, Bible Study, Art Club, Marching Band, Concert Band, Senior Committee, Club Soccer and involved in programs such as College Forward and Upward Bound. His goals while in college are to participate in sports clubs, study abroad, participate in internships for his major, and make new long lasting friendships. He is excited to begin his journey next to the coast at Galveston and can’t wait to be part of innovating the future.
Noel Mireles graduated as class salutatorian from William B. Travis High School in 2014 when he was awarded the UUMC scholarship. He then went off to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in chemistry at Texas State University and graduated with honors in May of 2018. After graduating, Noel decided to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in chemistry at Texas A&M University and has now successfully completed his first year of graduate school. Noel has hopes of working as a material science engineer with a focus in semi-conductors and has plans to become an entrepreneur with the help of his family.
Britney Jimenez will be attending Texas State University pursuing a degree in Psychology. She has been a part of Travis’ Early College High School Program for the past four years and graduated with an Associate's Degree in General Studies from Austin Community College. Her high school involvement includes extra curricular activities including Art Club, Bible Study, Soccer, and Senior Committee. Her goals while in college are to get involved in different clubs around campus as well as make friends in her field of study. She is thankful to be the first generation college student in her family and has plans to come back to work in her community in the future after earning her bachelor’s degree.