Nolan County Foundation Awards 29 Scholarships to Nolan County Seniors

Staff Writer

The Nolan County Foundation presented 29 scholarships to graduating seniors from Sweetwater, Roscoe, Highland, and Blackwell. The Nolan County Foundation was organized in the year 2000 in order to preserve Nolan County heritages, promote worthwhile projects and enhance the quality of life in our region. The Nolan County Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Abilene which administers charitable endowments. Board Members Carolyn Lawrence, JV Martin, and Chris Casto were in attendance to present the awards.
A vision of the original founding board was to honor high school seniors who were attending and Texas college or university with a scholarship. The Nolan County Foundation is funded by donations from Sweetwater and Nolan County businesses, and individuals who sponsor and support the annual golf tournament held in April. Since the first year in 2000 the foundation has presented over $300,000 in scholarships. Part of the application process for the scholarship is a 300 word essay on the student’s perspective of Nolan County. Carolyn Lawrence read a few excerpts from the essays.
“Thank you for submitting your applications. You are quite an impressive group! Your high academic success, numerous honors, involvement in so many extracurricular activities, leadership roles, and volunteer efforts are to be commended,” said Carolyn Lawrence during presentations. “Your roots are in this place, You were blessed to grow up in a small town environment where people work hard. Where schools offered you not only a great education, but the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Where people know and care about one another and help each other out. Be proud of your hometown and the wonderful people who live here and your parents who raised and supported you. On behalf of the Nolan County Foundation, we are proud of you and we know you will represent Nolan County well. Best of luck in your future!”
Scholarship Recipients:
Carli Powers of Blackwell plans to attend Angelo State University
Elizabeth Meyer of Blackwell plans to attend Hardin Simmons University
Maribel Carreno of Blackwell plans to attend Cisco College in Abilene
Brooklynn Petty of Highland plans to attend the University of North Texas
Hayden Adams of Highland plans to attend Howard Payne University
Dakota Bowen of Highlans plans to attend South Plains College
Adrian Lomas of Roscoe plans to attend the University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Alfonso Islas of Roscoe plans to attend Texas Tech University.
Caleb Boren of Roscoe plans to attend Texas Tech University
Austin Lara of Roscoe plans to attend Texas Tech University
Jovana Lizet Pena of Roscoe plans to attend West Texas A&M University
Joshua Stegge of Roscoe plans to attend Texas Tech University
Nicholas Limones of Roscoe plans to attend Texas State Technicl College
Liberty Saenz of Roscoe plans to attend McMurry University
Veronica Cuellar of Roscoe plans to attend McMurry University
Williams Turnbow of Roscoe plans to attend Texas Tech University
Allison Marlett of Sweetwater plans to attend Texas A&M University
Amber Knox of Sweetwater plans to attend Cisco Junior College
Annisa McCollom of Sweetwater plans to attend Texas A&M University
Elizabeth Palacios of Sweetwater plans to attend the University of Texas in San Antonia
Jackson Foster of Sweetwater plans to Texas Tech University
Cyerea Pieper of Sweetwater plans to attend the University of North Texas
Josie Sanchez of Sweetwater plans to Western Texas College
Julia Rees of Sweetwater plans to attend Blinn Junior College
Kara Lehnert of Sweetwater plans to attend Houston Baptist University
Markus Meneses of Sweetwater plans to attend Texas Tech University
Matthew Hernandez of Sweetwater plans to attend Angelo State University
Vasti Villarreal of Sweetwater plans to attend Abilene Christian University
Riley Dodd of Sweetwater plans to attend Abilene Christian University

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