ABoR Foundation Awards $72,000 in Scholarships to Central Texas Students

Austin Board of REALTORS® Foundation awards scholarships to Central Texas students

36 students receive combined $72,000 in scholarships

AUSTIN, TX – The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) Foundation recently awarded 36 local high school seniors and college students with a combined $72,000 in higher education scholarships. Recipients, who were selected based on demonstrated excellence, leadership and hard work, must reside within the Austin Board of REALTORS® 18-county Central Texas service area and have committed to a Texas higher-education institution in order to receive the scholarship.

“Over the last year, we have learned the power of perseverance and the importance of local community members helping one another,” Albert Allen, ABoR Foundation chair, said. “This year’s scholarship recipients are truly remarkable young leaders, overcoming difficult learning environments and cancelled programs to still achieve success. I’m equally proud of our many scholarship donors, whose incredible generosity enabled the ABoR Foundation to award an additional $10,000 in scholarships this year.”

Since 1978, the ABoR Foundation has awarded more than 500 scholarships, including more than $400,000 in the last six years alone. The ABoR Foundation Scholarship Program is directly funded by the generous support of more than 14,000 Central Texas REALTORS® and real estate professionals.

“The ABoR Foundation enables our members to invest their energy and expertise to help solve the most pressing issues facing our community,” Susan Horton, ABoR president, said. “As a longtime supporter of the Foundation’s Scholarship Program, it has been one of the biggest joys of my career to watch scholarship recipients succeed and go on to become leaders in our community.”

Recipients of the 2021 ABoR Foundation Scholarship include:

  • The Melanie Kennemann, Keller Williams Scholarship: Abigail Trejo – Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Buda
  • The Seely Real Estate Scholarship: Angelica Cordero – Taylor High School, Taylor
  • The Bradley and Beverly Williams Family Scholarship: Angelica Orosco – Burnet High School, Fredericksburg
  • The Sam Smith, REALTOR® Scholarship: Anika Srivastava – Westwood High School, Austin
  • The Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty Scholarship: Ban Al-Humairi – Manor High School, Manor
  • The Past Presidents Scholarship: Brett Sultemeier – Lyndon B. Johnson High School, Spicewood
  • The Christopher Michael Bruns Scholarship: Brooklyn Hemphill – Smithville High School, Smithville
  • The SV Real Estate Scholarship: Dan Nguyen – John B. Connally High School, Austin
  • The Lisa and Baker Harrell Scholarship: Emily Cook – Wimberley High School, Wimberley
  • The Independence Title Scholarship: Emily Lucas – Hendrickson High School, Pflugerville
  • The Manny Arce Scholarship: Eternity Reyes – Harker Heights High School, Harker Heights
  • The Carol Medley Parker Scholarship: Grace Maxwell Tavis – Westlake High School, Austin
  • The Asian Real Estate Association of America Scholarship: Hannah Ngai – Westwood High School, Austin
  • The Bright Orange Scholarship: Itzel Macedo – Weiss High School, Pflugerville
  • The Scott and Diane Kennedy Scholarship: Jack Lance – Bowie High School, Austin
  • The Doug Vogelsass Scholarship: Johnson Leyva – Travis High School, Austin
  • The Linda Bartlett Education Scholarship: Jolie Zimmerman – Cedar Creek High School, Cedar Creek
  • The Allen Family | Learn Well | Live Well Scholarship: Jose Diaz – Akins High School, San Marcos
  • The Barry Smith Memorial Scholarship: Katerine Fernandez Garcia – Premier High School- Austin North, Austin
  • The Ashley Brinkman, Realty Austin Scholarship: Lilyana Muniz – Cedar Creek High School, Dale
  • The John Horton Realty Scholarship: Lucy Kulzick – Stony Point High School, Round Rock
  • The Highes & Company Real Estate Scholarship: Makayla Ritchie – Hendrickson High School, Pflugerville
  • The Brooke Steele, REALTOR® Scholarship: Max Chung Richter – Pflugerville High School, Pflugerville
  • The Bill Evans Scholarship: Mia Weidenbach – New Braunfels High School, New Braunfels
  • The Christine Chau Scholarship: Montelayja Diaz – Hendrickson High School, Round Rock
  • The Hammond Family Scholarship: Rachel Ruiqi Huang – Hill Country Christian School of Austin, Austin
  • The Dochen Realtors Scholarship: Riley Shanahan – Stony Point High School, Round Rock
  • The Stewart Title Scholarship: Summer Sloan – Cedar Creek High School, Cedar Creek
  • The Commission Express Lone Star Scholarship: Teah Eveleth – Akins High School, Austin
  • The BIG Kids Foundation Scholarship: Teresa Ramos – Anderson High School, Austin
  • The Hammond Family Scholarship: Willow Eveleth – Akins High School, Austin

In addition, ABoR Foundation scholarship recipients have the opportunity to reapply for the scholarship as an alumni recipient. Winners of the 2021 ABoR Foundation Alumni Scholarship include:

  • The Luxe Property Group brokered by eXp Realty Scholarship: Alexandra Mitchell – University of Texas at Austin
  • The Haus and Home Properties brokered by eXp Realty Scholarship: Alvin Lopez – Texas State Technical College
  • The Bradley and Beverly Williams Family Scholarship: Dionicia Berrones – University of Texas at Austin
  • The UFCU Mortgage Services Scholarship: Marlizeth Castaneda – University of Texas at Austin
  • The Hammond Family Scholarship: Nekayla Knight – Texas Southern University

For more information on the 2021 scholarship recipients or the ABoR Foundation Scholarship Program, visit ABoR.com/Scholarships.

The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the needs of Austin REALTORS® and consumers for more than 90 years. ABoR provides technology, education and advocacy for more than 13,000 members, as well as monthly housing market reports for Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop and Caldwell counties. ABoR’s market reports include the most accurate multiple listing service (MLS) findings for the Austin area. For more information, contact the ABoR public relations team at abor@echristianpr.com or 512-454-7636. For the latest local housing market listings, visit AustinHomeSearch.com.

The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) Foundation connects the philanthropic passion of Central Texas REALTORS® to worthy local causes related to housing, education and disaster relief. As a mechanism for real estate professionals to donate their time, talent and resources to charitable outlets, the ABoR Foundation helps impact, sustain and support the Austin-area community. For more information, please visit www.ABoR.com/Foundation.