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Three Pasadena ISD Students Named Dell Scholarship Winners

Three Pasadena ISD Students Named Dell Scholarship Winners
Posted on 04/29/2015
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Dell Scholarship Winners
Three Pasadena ISD seniors – Mayra Caisedo-Bustillo, Andrea Tran of Dobie High School and Alfredo Dominguez of Pasadena High School – have been chosen to receive $20,000 scholarships, a laptop and textbook credit from the Dell Scholars Program. Pictured from left: Seniors Andrea Tran, Dobie High School; Alfredo Dominguez, Pasadena High School; and Mayra Caisedo-Bustillo, Dobie High School.



Three Pasadena ISD seniors – Mayra Caisedo-Bustillo, Andrea Tran of Dobie High School and Alfredo Dominguez of Pasadena High School – have each been chosen to receive $20,000 in scholarships, a laptop and textbook credit from the Dell Scholars Program.

Funded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, only 300 students in the nation are selected annually to receive the scholarship award. The Pasadena ISD School Board recognized these students during the monthly meeting Tuesday, April 28.

Dell Scholars overcome barriers to pursue their goals and serve as positive role models for their family, friends and community. The Dell Scholars Program involves a rigorous application process that includes letters of recommendation from teachers and administrators.

The scholarship is more than a check. Dell Scholars and their families receive support services that address emotional, lifestyle and financial challenges to help students be successful throughout their college career. The success of the program is evident in the graduation rate which is 80 percent.

While numerous scholarship programs select students based solely on their Grade Point Average, the GPA requirement for the Dell program is Grit, Potential and Ambition. Based on the accomplishments and achievements of these scholarship recipients, they certainly fit the bill.

Caisedo-Bustillo participates in Key Club, the school’s Peer Assistance and Leadership program (PALS) and HOSA Future Health Professionals organization. She has been ranked in the top 13 percent of her class and passed all five of her AP exams. When she was a junior, Caisedo-Bustillo served as a member of the Superintendent’s Advisory Council. She is also a recipient of the Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Scholarship. Additionally, she plays for the soccer team. Caisedo-Bustillo plans to attend the University of Texas in Dallas in the fall.

Tran is treasurer of the National Honor Society, president of the Math Club, and participates in the HOSA Future Health Professionals organization. She is ranked in the top five percent of her class. She works as an optometrist assistant and plays for the varsity tennis team. She is a recipient of the Project Joy and Hope Scholarship and the Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Scholarship. Tran plans to major in biology at Texas A&M.

Dominguez is also involved at his school. He is senior class president, as well as student council co-president and an active member of Senior Men. He is founder and president of the National Science Honor Society and has served as team captain of the debate team. He is a member of Drama Club, the National Honor Society and National Hispanic Honor Society. Beyond that, he managed to complete 150 hours of community service work. He is ranked in the top four percent in his class. Dominguez was selected out of 36 undergraduate students to receive a Davis Scholarship from Columbia University.