It was their continuous service to their schools and community that caught the attention of the University of Texas - Austin scholarship committee. Weslaco East High School senior Mayrin Cuenca and Sasha Nicole Mendoza from Weslaco High are the recipients of the four-year $48,000 Impact Scholarship on behalf of the Longhorns.
“It’s really special that two students from Weslaco ISD were selected,” UT-Austin Valley Admissions Counselor Vanessa Garza said. “This scholarship is highly competitive. Everything the student is involved with is looked at.”
Cuenca and Mendoza are both very involved and active with several community projects.
Cuenca is part of Upward Bound Math & Science through the University of Texas-RGV. This program helps high school students prepare for college and serve the community. Over winter break, Cuenca helped make Christmas stockings for underprivileged children in Reynosa.
Cuenca is president of WEHS NHS and is also president of her senior class. She is also active in Business Professionals of America and HOSA.
As secretary of the WHS National Honor Society, Mendoza organized in a clothing drive to provide essential items for immigrants. Mendoza is also assistant chief of the Criminal Justice Club and secretary of the senior class.
Both students are thankful that this scholarship will allow them to attend UT-Austin.
“This was a big blessing,” Cuenca said. “I am really grateful.” Cuenca plans to major in accounting.
“It was very surprising for me and my family,” Mendoza said. “I was pretty stressed about the financing.” Mendoza plans to major in government and international relations.