MAC Scholars on the rise

MAC Scholars on the rise
Posted on 07/24/2014

2014 Waco ISD MAC Scholarship recipientsOn Tuesday, July 22, the Waco Foundation awarded 26 Waco ISD alumni with MAC Scholarships.  This number is significantly higher than in the recent past.  In fact, last year Waco ISD had only 9 recipients.  

“We are pleased to see Waco ISD graduates earning so many scholarships,” said Ashley Allison, executive director of the Waco Foundation. “This is a record and it represents more than 25 percent of those total number of scholarships awarded.  We know that Waco ISD is wholeheartedly supporting efforts to provide students information about MAC and financial aid, and we commend the school board, the administration, and counselors.  This shows what can happen when there is a unified and strong effort to increase student success, and how the reach of counselors extends beyond high school years for many of them.”

The scholarship recipients have had the motivation and discipline to earn at least a 3.0 during their first two years of college, and most of them are working while attending school full time.   They also have to pass an interview with the program’s founder and largest donor, Malcolm Duncan.   MAC Scholars are an elite group. All but one recipient have earned degrees since the program was initiated in 1998, and that student was unable to complete because of health reasons.

“We expect all of these Waco ISD students to earn their degrees, Allison added. “Our donors were particularly pleased and proud to see such a strong showing from Waco ISD.   We congratulate them all!”    

The MAC College Money Program was created to ensure that all McLennan County high school graduates have access to financial assistance to accomplish their dreams of pursuing higher education. MAC helps roughly one quarter of the 2,400 students who graduate from McLennan County Schools.  The MAC staff is available to assist anyone in the county who needs help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Forms (FAFSA).  In addition, MAC donors provide tuition assistance to students whose families make less than $50,000 and who do not qualify fully for financial aid.  For more information on the MAC College Money Program visit the Waco Foundation Website.

2014 Waco ISD MAC Scholarship recipients:

Enrique Chavira Cantu A.J. Moore Academies at University High
Anahy Cortes A.J. Moore Academies at University High
Amanda Resendez A.J. Moore Academies at University High
Talisha Robinson A.J. Moore Academies at University High
Saeni Castillo University High
Alicia Castro University High
Antonio Cruz University High
Maria Dominguez University High
Christopher Gaytan University High
Monica Hernandez University High
Abraham Lizama University High
Stephanie Llano University High
Stranger Martinez University High
Mario Portillo-Guerrero University High
Diego Ramirez University High
Juan Manuel Ramirez University High
Daniel Rivera University High
Olan Blount Waco High
Veronica Gaytan-De la Rosa Waco High
Giuliana Huffman Waco High
Aerial Jackson Waco High
Samantha Koehler Waco High
Lucila Limones Waco High
Carlos Lopez Waco High
Brandy Moore Waco High
Cymone Walker Waco High