Four Fort Worth ISD Seniors Receive Academy 4’s First Ever Full Circle Scholarship
Two seniors from Western Hills High School and two seniors from Paschal HighSchool, who have served as mentors to fourth graders in the Academy 4 leadership program, were recently awarded the first ever $2,000 Full Circle Scholarship.
Elodia Perez and Nicole Padron, seniors at Western Hills High School, and Marlin Pozos and Joselin Pozos (twins), seniors at Paschal High School, were all eligible to apply for the scholarship because each participated as a 4th grade mentee and then served two years as a mentor during their junior and senior years.
Academy 4 is a non-profit mentoring program for 4th grade students in Title 1 schools. Their motto is “Every 4th Grader,” because in the schools where they serve, they find enough mentors so that every 4th grader has his or her own mentor.
Volunteers are from local churches, community organizations and business, universities and high schools. Currently, Academy 4 programs exist in eight Fort WorthISD elementary schools.
As part of their application, each scholarship recipient was required to include an essay that shared how serving Academy 4 will serve them well in the future. Comments from recipients include: “Academy 4 has let me be a part of the fourth graders’ learning process for certain traits like listening, encouraging, and working together.” “My experience as an Academy 4 mentor will help me in the future when it comes to communicating with others.”
The very first Academy 4 program began in 2021-2013 at Daggett Elementary School. Elodia, Nicole, Marlin, and Joselin were 4th graders during the inaugural year, and they have all served two years as Academy 4 mentors, thus coming full circle.