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2019 FOR Scholarship Winners
Posted on May 24th, 2019

Six 2019 high school graduates were awarded $1,000 scholarships from Friends of the River (FOR) San Bernard. A record number of applications were received this year from 12 of the 14 high schools in our watershed. The academic, extracurricular, volunteer and environmental stewardship credentials presented by the students were truly outstanding and made for an extremely competitive selection process. 
 
“Congratulations to these six outstanding young men and women. Thank you to all of the school counselors and staff who help promote the FOR scholarship program, and we wish the best of luck to all of the 2019 graduates.”
–– FOR Scholarship Committee
 
Here are this year's winners:
Luke Demny with Marie Breakiron, FOR Scholarship Committee member
Luke Demny, Brazos High School
 
Luke Demny, a Brazos High School graduate, is headed to Wharton County Junior College and then on to Texas A&M Corpus Christi to major in General Business
 
He plans to work for an outdoor sporting equipment company, merging his career goals with a passion for the outdoors that he developed on his family's property on Middle Bernard Creek. A member of the Coastal Conservation Association since early childhood, Luke's credentials included a recommendation letter from the San Bernard Chapter CCA Director. 
Allison Jedlycka and Fred Kanter, FOR Scholarship Committee member
Allison Jedlycka, Boling High School
 
Allison Jedlycka is the Valedictorian of  Boling High School class of 2019. She will be a fourth generation Texas Aggie majoring in Agribusiness with a long term goal of managing a farm with a family of her own. 
 
Allison has an impressive list extracurricular, volunteer and church activities to her credit and plans to continue this volunteer spirit as a graduate Aggie
Grant Maresh is pictured with Tom Ronayne, FOR Scholarship Committee Chairman  
Grant Maresh, Needville High School
 
Grant Maresh, ranking third out of Needville High School class of 236 students, heads to Texas A&M in the fall to major in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He plans to continue there to earn a Master's in that field and obtain a job with Texas Parks and Wildlife
 
His dream job would be in TP&W's Inland Fisheries Division as one of its District Supervisors and his scholarship application included a glowing endorsement from the Inland Fisheries Abilene District Supervisor. 
 
Sophia Meagher, Sweeny High School
 
Sweeny High School graduate Sophia Meagher will major in Biology at Texas Tech University. After focusing her degree in either the environmental or animal sciences field, she would like to be employed in a job that involves travel and then eventually become a small ranch owner. Sophia has been an active volunteer with FOR and other community organizations, held several band leadership positions and earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award.
 
Cole Nagler, Sweeny High School
 
Cole Nagler graduates seventh in his Sweeny High School class and will attend Texas A&M majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Living just a block away from the river, Cole and his entire family have been faithful participants in FOR's river and highway clean ups and he has enjoyed boating and fishing the San Bernard. He is active in Sargent Beach activities, as well, and pole vaulted to fourth place at the State Track and Field meet. Cole plans to bring his engineering degree back to Brazoria County to work in local industry.
The two scholarship winners from Sweeny High School are  Sophia Meagher and Cole Nagler pictured with Brian Meagher, FOR Environmental Committee member and Sophia’s father.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joanna Powell received her award from Scholarship Committee member Barbara Fratila (not pictured).
Joanna Powell, Bellville High School
 
Joanna Powell will take her Bellville High School diploma to Pepperdine University in California to major in Biochemistry. She has participated in numerous volunteer activities through her church and has been active in sports and band through all four years of high school. Joanna aspires initially to work for a pharmaceutical company and would eventually like to own her own lab.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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