2023 FOR Scholarship Winners
Posted on May 12th, 2023
Seven 2023 high school graduates were awarded $2,000 scholarships from Friends of the River (FOR) San Bernard. Many applications were received this year from the high schools in our watershed. Scholarship recipients will receive $1,000 for the first semester and $1,000 for the second semester to help cover actual college tuition and book expense during their freshman year. The academic, extracurricular, volunteer and environmental stewardship credentials presented by the students were truly outstanding and made for a very competitive selection process.
Chairman of the FOR Scholarship Committee is John Muskopf. Members are Barbara Fratila, Tom Ronayne, Mike Goodson and Jo Ann Brown.
Kamryn Moore – Sweeny HS
Kamryn Moore grew up in Sweeny and is a graduate of Sweeny High School. She has a serious love of conservation and the earth and especially the animals that inhabit it. Her passion has driven her to select Zoology as her major at Texas A&M University this fall.
Elijah Burton – Columbia HS
Elijah Burton will graduate from Columbia High School as his class Valedictorian. He participated in varsity football as a captain of the team and also in student council as the student body president as well as a variety of other clubs and sports. Elijah will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall as an Engineering major.
John Demny – Brazos HS
John Demny is graduate of Brazos High School where he was active in many organizations including sports and FFA. Outside of school he enjoys being outdoors hunting, fishing and camping. John will attend Texas A&M University and intends to earn a degree in Agricultural Systems Management and ultimately begin a career where he plans to design and construct innovative equipment and processes to improve the agricultural and environmental industry.
Colby Eschenburg – Sealy HS
Colby Eschenburg is a graduate of Sealy High School and was active in tennis, cross country, and basketball. Outside of school, Colby was active in scouting as an Eagle Scout and in the life of his church. Colby will be attending Texas A&M in College Station and plans to earn a degree in Civil Engineering that allow him to design structures that are both environmentally friendly and structurally safe.
Brandon Diaz – Brazosport HS
Brandon Diaz is a graduate of Brazosport High School and enjoyed his time in high school as a leader in the band and being exposed to many subjects and especially chemistry. Another highlight for Brandon was serving as group leader of 4th grade campers at Camp Wild on Galveston Island where they explored the wildlife of that island. Brandon plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin and major in Chemical Engineering.
Franklin Gavranovic – Boling HS
Franklin Gavranovic is a graduate of Boling High School where he was active in multiple sports, FFA, NHS and Band. Franklin grew up and worked on his family’s cotton farm and plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in Crop and Soil Science. After receiving his degree, Franklin plans to use his knowledge to develop new varieties of cotton that are more drought tolerant and insect resistant to lessen the need of irrigation and agricultural chemicals.
Maria Becerra – El Campo HS
Maria Becerra is a graduate of El Campo High School and was active in number of groups including National Honor Society, Student Council, and Spanish Club. Maria will be attending Texas A&M University with plans to major in Chemical Engineering. She hopes to use that degree to work on projects like carbon dioxide sequestration that can have direct impact on climate change.