Co-op awards 60 scholarships to area students

By Lisa Ogle

After taking a few computer science courses, Sylvia Adams was hooked. The recent graduate of Manor New Tech High School is looking to break some barriers in the male-dominated field and plans to start by getting certified in C++, a programming language commonly used for games and other software.
Adams, who will attend Austin Community College in the fall, is one of the 60 graduating high school seniors who were awarded a Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Scholarship of Excellence this year. Each recipient receives $2,500. This year, nearly 300 students applied for 30 trade and technical school scholarships and 30 academic scholarships to attend a college or university.
The students were honored in April during two receptions at Bluebonnet’s Bastrop headquarters. About 150 people attended the events, during which scholarship recipients announced their post-secondary school choice and topic of study. Their interests range from radiation therapy, farm/ranch management, psychology, mechanical engineering and more.
Erasmo Galvan, who graduated from Bastrop High School, said he plans to study forensics and investigative sciences at Texas A&M University, then go to medical school. He wants to become a surgeon.
He is inspired by his mother’s childhood wish to be a nurse or doctor. “She didn’t get to achieve her dream, so I’m hoping to achieve my dream and hers as well,” Galvan said.
Wyatt Bolcerek, who graduated from Brenham High School, is pursuing welding, one of the most popular fields of study among trade and technical scholarship recipients. He took two years of courses in high school, with projects including a barbecue pit, picnic table and fire pit. He’s going to complete his basics at Blinn College in Brenham, transfer to Texas State Technical College and eventually open his own shop near home.
Rylee Shields, also a Brenham High graduate, plans to study nursing at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and wants to specialize in pediatric oncology. “I just want to be a friend to the kids,” she said.
Since 2006, the co-op has awarded $1.47 million in scholarships to high school graduates in the co-op’s service area. If you know a student who wants to apply for a Scholarship of Excellence next year, applications will be available in November at and from area high school counselors.

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