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Carter-Riverside Senior Receives Full Ride to TCU

Lauren Oropeza is the latest Fort Worth ISD graduating senior awarded a full-ride scholarship to Texas Christian University. tcuscholar

The Amon Carter-Riverside High School student was surprised with the 2019 FWISD Student Engagement and School Completion Scholarship for TCU at an April 25 ceremony at the high school. 

Loved ones wiped away tears as Lauren received congratulatory hugs from FWISD and TCU staff members and was presented with a certificate to commemorate the achievement.

“All we ask that you do is continue to be the excellent student that you have been here because we know that you have the potential,” Timeka Gordon, TCU’s Community Scholars Program director, said to Lauren at the ceremony.

Lauren was then presented with a scholarship agreement to which she immediately responded: “Where’s a pen?” Watch the video here.

The renewable scholarship, good for all four years of college, is worth over $260,000 and covers tuition and fees, room and board and study abroad anywhere in the world. The scholarship is part of TCU’s Community Scholar Program. A panel selected Lauren for the scholarship because of her personal interview and other criteria met.tcuscholar2

“This scholarship opportunity is highly competitive and only one scholarship is awarded from the FWISD Student Engagement and School Completion department each year,” wrote Dr. Anita Perry, FWISD director of academic advisement, in an acceptance letter to Lauren.

Lauren becomes the latest FWISD senior awarded a full-ride scholarship to TCU through the Community Scholars Program. TCU awarded an additional 24 Community Scholars awards to students at Diamond Hill-Jarvis, Dunbar High, O.D. Wyatt, Polytechnic, South Hills, and Trimble Tech high schools and the Young Men’s Leadership Academy March 18-21.

The Community Scholars Program, established in 2000, is designed to increase diversity at the university. Annually more than $6 million in scholarship offers are awarded to students from the program’s 13 participating high schools, including schools in the Arlington, Dallas and DeSoto school districts.

Eligible students for the program must be accepted to TCU and attend one of the participating high schools.

Students accept the scholarship by signing a contract. They must maintain a certain grade point average, attend academic workshops and participate in community service to retain the scholarship. 


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