ABoR Foundation Awards Scholarships to Central Texas Students

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

32 students receive combined $62,000 in scholarships

AUSTIN, TX – The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) Foundation recently awarded 32 local high school seniors and college students with a combined $62,000 in higher education scholarships. Recipients, who were selected based on academic merit, leadership and financial need, must reside within the association’s 18-county Central Texas service area and have committed to a Texas higher-education institution in order to receive the scholarship.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we operate, we haven’t let that stop us from celebrating some of the best and brightest young minds in Central Texas,” Carrie Weikert, ABoR Foundation chair, said. “Helping students pursue higher education is an investment in our community’s future. We’re thankful for the generosity of our REALTOR® donors and volunteers who spent countless hours reviewing applications this spring.”

Since 1978, the ABoR Foundation has awarded more than 450 scholarships, including more than $300,000 in scholarships in the last five years alone. Funding for the ABoR Foundation scholarship program is made possible by the generous support of more than 14,000 Central Texas REALTORS®.

“The last few months have brought new meaning to education access as, for many families, the workplace and the classroom are now located in their home,” Romeo Manzanilla, ABoR president, said. “I’m proud of the role Central Texas REALTORS® play in not only connecting families to home, but in directly investing in our region’s future leaders through this program.”

Winners of the 2020 ABoR Foundation scholarships include:

  • Aeslyn Kail – The University of Texas at Austin, Austin
  • Alexandra Mitchell– Bastrop High School, Bastrop
  • Alvin Lopez – Lyndon B. Johnson High School, Johnson City
  • Andrew Logan Ditterline – Westwood High School, Austin
  • Ariana DeLeon – Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Austin
  • Ashlyn Mashburn – McNeil High School, Austin
  • Aubriana Prince – Central Texas College, Killeen
  • Aye Aye – Reagan High School, Austin
  • Brett Walter Wells – Stony Point High School, Round Rock
  • Cooper McCollum – Wimberley High School, Wimberley
  • Demitri Drayton – Leander High School, Leander
  • Diana Guido-Perez – Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Austin
  • Doeun Kim – Brentwood Christian School, Austin
  • Elvia Saucedo-Davis – Reagan High School, Austin
  • Emoni Patino – San Marcos High School, San Marcos
  • Giselle Muniz – Manor High School, Manor
  • Jacquelune Fuavai – Harker Heights High School, Harker Heights
  • Joshua Hartle – Hendrickson High School, Pflugerville
  • Joshua Shear – McCallum High School, Austin
  • Kambree Kothmann – Fredericksburg High School, Fredericksburg
  • Katelin Cameron – San Marcos High School, San Marcos
  • Keon Burton-Leonard – Leander High School, Leander
  • Madison Sanchez – Taylor High School, Taylor
  • Maria Santiago-Rojas – Leander High School, Leander
  • Marlizeth Castaneda – Cedar Creek High School, Cedar Creek
  • Morgan Fayard – Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock
  • Nekayla Knight – Leander High School, Leander
  • Sezim Minbaeva – Vandegrift High School, Austin
  • Sofia Martin – Austin High School, Austin
  • Thomas Bates – Trinity University, San Antonio
  • Uchechi Ndubueze – Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Austin
  • Valerie Tonn – Pflugerville High School, Pflugerville

In lieu of an in-person awards reception, ABoR has honored each recipient virtually with their own individual landing page on ABoR.com and Tiff’s Treats deliveries. Each personalized landing page includes a video message from their scholarship donor congratulating them. Scholars can share their landing page with friends and family, as well as download their scholarship certificate online. To see the 2020 scholarship recipient pages, or more information about the ABoR Foundation scholarship program, visit www.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.