Harlandale HS senior surprised with $48,000 UT Austin Impact

Harlandale High School senior Lee Ann Treviño is one of the 60 students across the state of Texas selected to receive a $48,000 University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) Impact Scholarship.

Lee Ann was enjoying a meal with her mother at Canyon Café when UT Austin representatives Lori Reyes and Makayla Foster, along with Harlandale High School Principal Alfred Anthony and Harlandale High School Head Counselor Luis Nieto, surprised her the big check on Dec. 14.

“I was in shock and couldn’t believe it,” Lea Ann said. “Once I processed the news, I felt blessed and grateful that all my hard work had paid off.” The future Longhorn plans to major in political science and pursue a career as a lawyer.

A special ceremony was also held in her honor at Harlandale High School on Dec. 18, where school leaders, teachers and classmates gathered to celebrate the announcement.

Nieto said Lee Ann has done Harlandale High School and the entire district proud.

“We are extremely proud of Lee Ann,” Nieto said. “She is a talented and dedicated student, a real go-getter, so I’m sure she will continue to accomplish great things at UT Austin.”

The UT Austin Impact Scholarship is a $48,000 award that is provided to students over four years at $12,000 per year. It recognizes students who are making an impact in their schools and communities. Lee Ann was selected for demonstrating strong leadership, academic success and commitment to her education. The senior is currently number one in her class and is involved with numerous organizations such as National Hispanic Institute and Young Life.

During the ceremony, Lee Ann took the opportunity to offer some words of advice to her peers to let them know anything is possible as long as they try their best.

“I always thought if there’s an opportunity, I’m going to take it, if there’s a challenge, I’m going to try it,” she told them. “One of my favorite quotes is, ‘If you shoot for the moon, you’ll land among the stars,’ and that is what I always try to do. Just try your best and be active. The fruits of your labor will show.”

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