from the office of State Senator Judith Zaffirini

Contact: Nick Almanza
(512) 463-0121
June 9, 2006


(AUSTIN) -- Students from local high schools, Laredo Community College and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) were honored by the Mr. South Texas Foundation on Tuesday (June 6) for their outstanding scholarship and leadership. Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, president of the foundation, presented $19,000 in scholarships, $1,000 to each of the 19 students who earned an award. Donors to the scholarship fund include AT&T, the D.D. Hachar Charitable Trust and the Laredo National Bank-Grupo Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (LNB/BBVA Group).

"It truly is my pleasure to recognize the outstanding scholarship demonstrated by these students, but more important to support their transition toward future leadership in our community," said Senator Zaffirini, who was named Mr. South Texas in 1999 by the Washington's Birthday Celebration Association. "They are wonderful examples of true leaders who learned to balance academic excellence, extracurricular activities, community service and dedication to family."

The mission of the Mr. South Texas Scholarship Foundation is to support students who are from the Laredo area, plan to return to South Texas after graduation and could be future Mr. South Texas honorees. Founded in 1999, the foundation has provided $59,000 in scholarships to students who have demonstrated the leadership skills necessary to one day become Mr. South Texas.

"This year's scholarship recipients will have a broad impact upon the South Texas community," said Senator Zaffirini. "These outstanding students will become the future doctors, teachers, business leaders and elected officials in Laredo."

The 19 students receiving awards include:

Senator Judith Zaffirini praises outstanding academic achievement and community service demonstrated by local students who received scholarships from the Mr. South Texas Foundation. (Photo: EDUARDO X. GARCIA, TAMIU)

Ricardo "Ricky" Sanchez," a recent graduate from United High School, accepts a $1,000 scholarship from Senator Judith Zaffirini on behalf of the Mr. South Texas Foundation. An outstanding baseball player at United, Sanchez will study criminal justice at TAMIU. (Photo: EDUARDO X. GARCIA, TAMIU)

Senator Judith Zaffirini joins 16 outstanding students who each received $1,000 scholarships from the Mr. South Texas Foundation. Since 1999 the foundation has provided $59,000 in scholarships to students with the leadership skills necessary to become Mr. South Texas. (Photo: EDUARDO X. GARCIA, TAMIU)