2019 Irving Schools Foundation Scholarship Recipients
Bryson Ung, Tiffani Cain Memorial Scholarship
Bryson Ung will be attending the University of Texas at Dallas, with the goal of pursuing an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering. He wishes to dedicate his life to a career relating to math and science with a desire to help future generations. In Singley Academy, Bryson maintains his balance of academics and extracurricular activities by participating in various clubs such as National Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America, Robotics Club, and National Technical Honor Society. He also participates in the school yearbook as a photo editor. In addition to his photography sideline, Bryson recently volunteered to photograph the event called Great Days of Service which is a faith-based event created to help repair homes for families who cannot afford to make these repairs themselves. On the academic side, Bryson constantly challenges himself in order to prepare for his future. Despite the exorbitant academic work load he encounters, Bryson pours himself into education, solely to learn more and increase his knowledge. Bryson derives his inspiration from his academic mentors and communicators. His main aspirations for knowledge come from Destin Sandlin, a civil engineer who runs an educational channel called SmarterEveryDay on YouTube. It was on this channel where Bryson discovered the one expression that would always drive him, “Knowledge is not understanding.”
Tristen DeWhitt, AVID Scholarship
Tristen is an AP Scholar at MacArthur High School where she has been a member of the National Honor Society for 2 years and is currently on MacArthur High’s Fire Truck Crew. She will be attending Texas Woman’s University as a biology major with the plan to go to medical school and become an Anesthesiologist.
Nandini Patel, Irving Las Colinas Rotary Singley Academy Scholarship
Nandini will be attending the University of Texas in Austin, seeking an undergraduate degree in finance. She wishes to pursue something within the vast business field in her future. At Singley Academy, Nandini has been a member of numerous clubs including National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Health Occupation Students of America, Student Council, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, and others. Additionally, she was elected secretary of Debate Club, and president of Interact Club. Currently, she is an officer in her school’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club. Nandini’s experience of being an officer for her school’s BPA Chapter, has helped her identify her future career pathway in the business field. Furthermore, Nandini believes that the skills she has obtained as being an officer for a business orientated club will help her transition into becoming a leader on UT’s campus. At UT Austin, she plans on joining the Undergraduate Business Council and the Women in Business Association where she can further gain leadership qualities and increase her networking opportunities.
Stephanie Aguinaga, HIPPY Academic Scholarship
Stephanie will be going to North Lake College through the Dallas County Promise Scholarship and then transfer to a 4-year university before entering dental school on her way to becoming an orthodontist. Stephanie has participated in Student Council, book club, FCCLA and TAFE. As a senior she received the title of Vice President for the Texas Association of Future Educators club. Stephanie is in National Honor Society as well as the National Technical Honor Society. She has accumulated over 300 hours of community service hours. In school Stephanie has an internship at Brandenburg Elementary where she has had the opportunity to help teach both 1st and 5th grade alongside a host teacher over the course of her junior and senior years. Outside of school Stephanie uses her time volunteering at a mentor group for young girls seeking direction and guidance. At All Things Made New, Stephanie has learned the value of helping others and what it means to be a leader. Stephanie has always been motivated by her family who moved from a small ranch in Mexico to her home in Irving, Texas where she was born and raised. She hopes that in the future she will be able to give back to her family and show her parents how grateful she is for everything they have done for her and for all the doors of opportunity they have opened.
Carmen Guerrero, HIPPY Academic Scholarship
Carmen is a first-generation college student currently attending Singley Academy. She is oldest of three and the daughter to two Mexican immigrants who came to the United States in search of the American dream. When Carmen was three, her parents enrolled her in the HIPPY program to help her advance in her studies. She was learning her colors, numbers, letters, and starting to read at a very young age. Through this program, she went into school in the GT program from elementary school through high school. Her academic accomplishments include having perfect attendance for the past eight years, “Bobcat of the Year” in middle school, student of the month twice in high school, being in NHS, and other awards. Carmen has decided to attend North Lake College where she will continue playing soccer. At North Lake, she hopes to finish through the Dallas County Promise and then transfer to UNT in the field of communications and journalism. Carmen has obtained volunteer hours at her church by teaching younger children and cleaning up the meeting hall. Carmen is forever grateful for both her mom and dad. They inspire her everyday to work hard and never give up. They are her best friends, they motivate her, and support her.
Carol Ventura, HIPPY Academic Scholarship
Carol plans to attend The University of North Texas and major in marketing in order to become a business consultant. Throughout high school Carol was National Honor Society president, a member of the soccer team, and TAFE vice president for two years. She has volunteered at her church and at Camp Invention, a STEM-based camp for children, two summers in a row. Her biggest accomplishment is advancing to State competition for creating a children’s book. Carol's biggest inspiration is her mother who always taught her resilience throughout every situation.
Emily Alvarado, Gary L. Schepf Servant Leader Scholarship
Emily attends Singley Academy and is in the Hospitality Program of Signature Studies. She plans to major in Theological Studies and Spanish at the University of Dallas. While at Singley, Emily’s greatest accomplishment was being elected to serve as the Texas FCCLA State Vice President of Competitive Events. Previously in FCCLA, she has also served as a regional officer and national competitor, where in 2016 she became a gold medalist in Life Event Planning in California. This year, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Department of Education was pleased to inform her that she was a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate for her involvement in CTE. Throughout high school she was part of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Ambassadors, and other clubs. This year, she also began participating in Business Professionals of America and her internship at Irving Schools Foundation. Being in the top 10 of her class, an AP Scholar and U.S. Presidential Service Award recipient have motivated her to want to become a professor of theology. She was named the Irving Elks Lodge Teenager of the Year in April. Emily has over 550 community service hours from volunteering at DFW Airport, St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Irving Cares, North Texas Food Bank, Irving Public Libraries and school related events.
Alberto Ramirez, Sam Houston Texan Scholarship
Alberto has had a very active role in school organizations such as the International Thespian Society, National Honor Society, and Youth and Government. When Alberto isn’t at a school event, he spends his time volunteering at Irving Teen Court. Alberto plans to attend law school, after pursuing a BA in sociology with a minor in criminal justice or economics. Once Alberto has received his JD, he wants to be able to practice family or corporate law in Texas where he can make a difference and help those who require his assistance. In order to do so, he will start his higher education at the University of North Texas.
Bailey Tillerson, Irving Las Colinas Rotary Doug Fox Scholarship
Bailey Tillerson is a National AP Scholar with Distinction, a member of the National Honor Society, a graduate of the Irving ISD dual language program, and the MacArthur Cardinal Band President. She serves on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council and is an active member and volunteer at her church. Bailey will be attending Texas A&M University this fall, studying both Telecommunication Media Studies and Spanish. She hopes to work for a Christian non-profit organization that improves the lives of children in South America.
Magaly Alfaro, Irving Friendship Foundation Scholarship
Magaly has yet to decide what university she plans to attend, but she knows she wants a great Texas school with a well-known nursing program. Magaly interns/volunteers at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in the Mother and Baby Unit and Day Surgery. Magaly received the Health Science Technology Outstanding Student award that showed her dedication in her medical specialty. Magaly has also received an Algebra 1 award, AP World History Outstanding Student, and the Tennis Athlete award. She has also been on the A-honor roll list and has had perfect attendance for eight years. Magaly is currently the reporter of Business Professionals of America and the Parliamentarian of HOSA, which she plans to continue in the college she attends. She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society and National Honor Society where she has had the opportunity to volunteer for her school, as well as her community. She is also a member of the Student Ambassadors club. Magaly has been the treasurer of her Class of 2019 for the past 2 years, which has tremendously helped her increase her work ethic and technical ability. She enjoys participating in all of these clubs because they allow her to connect with her community in ways she never thought possible. Her parents are her main source of inspiration.
Andy Pineda, Nita Patrick Fine Arts Scholarship
Andy is planning to attend the University of North Texas Hospitality College for a certification or degree in hospitality. His career goal is to become a hotel manager where he will be hospitable and network with the general public in a professional manner. Andy is an AP Scholar, in varsity orchestra, the Student Council reporter, and in the Hospitality Practicum class at MacArthur High School. His Hospitality teacher, Mrs. Aubri Saitta, has inspired him and sparked his interest in the hospitality and service industry. Being a member of Student Council has also motivated him to pursue a hospitality career, with the community service and event planning of school activities extremely integrated into his everyday life. His activities also extend to working in the Bistro at MacArthur High School and job shadowing at a real hotel, further propelling this passion of his to become a professional hospitality manager. Throughout his high school years, Andy has continued to use his diligence, management skills, and Salvadoran heritage to make himself the most successful he can be in the field of hospitality.
Bernise Basio, Baylor Medical Center at Irving Scholarship
Bernise plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in nursing. This major will meet the prerequisites to attend a physician assistant program. She has acquired two certifications in high school, CPR certification and Patient Care Technician certification. Bernise is the president of TRIO, a club geared towards those who are first generation and low-income students, president of Interact Club, vice president of Ambassadors, secretary of National Honor Society, and the parliamentarian of Business Professionals of America. Thankful for all the resources her community has provided, Bernise is very passionate about volunteering and has completed over 300 hours in a variety of sectors such as the West Irving Public Library, Mission Arlington, the food bank, Irving Arts Center, medical and health related activities and other activities at her school. Bernise says her greatest source of inspiration are her parents. She wants to make her parents proud and achieve the success that they could not pursue. Bernise is ready to live the life of a college student. Like any journey she knows there will be obstacles along the way, but with hard work, dedication, and the constant support of her family, she is ready to be a worthy opponent of anything that comes her way.
Ashley John, Jack E. Singley Academy 10th Anniversary Scholarship
Ashley will be attending the University of North Texas to pursue a career in the medical field and potentially become an anesthesiologist in neuro-surgery. She participates in Destination Imagination, Business Professionals of America, HOSA, Cultural Club, Asian Culture Committee, Student Council and National Honor Society. She holds leadership positions as well including president for Destination Imagination, vice president for Cultural Club and treasurer for Business Professionals of America. She has been able to place in various competitions at the regional level and has also had the opportunity to attend state tournament for Destination Imagination and has qualified for global tournament this year. She aspires to help as many people as she can and has volunteered at Baylor Scott & White in the nursing department also participated in various community service opportunities over the years. Not only does Ashley excel in her extracurricular activities but also in her academics. She is recognized as an AP Scholar and will be graduating Summa Cum Laude in the top 4% of her class with honors.