TTUISD Awards Academic Scholarships

by KATIE MCKEE

May 28, 2014

Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD) has awarded four $1,000 scholarships, and plans to award approximately 10 total to recruit U.S. and international TTUISD full-time students to attend Texas Tech University.

Ashley Adams, a Lubbock native and Texas Tech freshman; Bruno Saliba Helmer, a TTUISD graduate from Brazil; Claire Oldham, a senior TTUISD student living in Belize; and Clayton Austin Tomlinson, a TTUISD graduate from Athens, Texas, were awarded the first competitive academic scholarship in April 2014.

TTUISD spoke with the scholarship recipients, who were happy to discuss their recent award and experience with TTUISD.

Ashley - Lubbock, Texas
I decided to take my senior year online through TTUISD. I completed five courses in just three months so that I could go on to be a freshman at Texas Tech University and compete on the Ranch Horse Team a year early. When I walk into my high school graduation ceremony, I will have already earned 33 hours of college credit, competed in the National College Horse show winning Reserve Champion, and lived in the dorms, all while I was supposed to be sitting at a desk in high school.

Without TTUISD’s self-paced program, this would not have been possible. The flexibility and course offerings allowed me to pursue my dreams at my own pace. The teachers and administrators were sincere and extremely helpful throughout my courses, and I highly recommend TTUISD to anyone that may be considering an alternative path to education.

To be a scholarship recipient is such an honor. I was actually at a horse show and my mom called me and said, “Hey, do you have five seconds to go somewhere by yourself?” Immediately, you think the worst. She goes, “I just wanted to let you know you got it!” I was super ecstatic because every little bit through college helps and I’ve really realized that being a freshman.

Bruno - Brazil
I am going to attend Texas Tech University in Fall 2014 as a pre-med student. During my years of undergraduate studies, I want to be involved with different cultures, learn as much as I can to achieve in my goals, and meet new people. After I complete my degree, I plan to attend medical school in the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. When I graduate from med school, I want to become a great doctor in my field of work and research. As I get there, I want to make some difference in the lives of people who need my help.

While I was attending the TTUISD program, I used to hear about the Red Raiders and their traditions. It’s amazing knowing I am about to become one. I know that all those years of study and dreaming are going to result in something bigger and better than I’ve ever expected. Now, I feel that Texas Tech became a part of me and I became a part of TTU.

When I received the official letter telling me I was awarded TTUISD’s scholarship, I knew that I would be able to go to TTU. In that moment I realized that all what I ever wanted for my future was about to become reality. This scholarship was essential to make my dream go to the next level.

Claire - Belize
Texas Tech has always been a part of my life, even before I began TTUISD. Both of my parents attended Tech and actually met in the Hulen/Clement residence hall. So when it came time to choose a university, Texas Tech just seemed like the perfect fit for me. I think it’s really great that I have felt like a Red Raider long before I was accepted into the university. TTUISD has allowed me to complete high school while living out of the country. I will be majoring in English and I am also planning on getting certified to teach. Being an English teacher would combine my love for reading and literature with my heart for children.

Over the years of living here, I’ve really fallen in love with Belize. I’ll miss the friends I’ve made, the slower pace of life, and looking at the Caribbean Sea every day. It is truly bittersweet to be leaving but I am also looking forward to being back in Texas. I will be able to live closer to family and benefit from all the convenience and opportunities that the U.S. has to offer.

I was so excited when I found out I got the TTUISD scholarship! I know what a competitive scholarship it is, so I feel very honored. And now, I will have the opportunity to have a great college experience on the Tech campus in Lubbock. Since I didn’t have a normal high school experience, I am very excited about meeting new people and exploring all the opportunities that Tech has to offer.

Clayton - Athens, Texas
Ever since I visited Texas Tech for the first time, I knew I wanted to go to college there. I love the campus, and my brother will also graduate from there this year. Texas Tech is a very large and well-known campus and that appeals to me. I have big plans for my future and the first step is getting my college education. I also plan on enrolling in Texas Tech's Air Force ROTC program and continuing my career in the Air Force after college

I started Texas Tech University ISD in the beginning of my sophomore year and I would choose this school again. This school has met my education needs and has helped me become a more independent person. I love the flexibility and the independence it gives me, and I know that this will help me as I continue my college education.

When I saw the letter from TTUISD and read that I was receiving a scholarship, words couldn't describe how I felt. I was very happy and excited! This scholarship is a huge blessing and I am honored to receive it. I am very happy that I am staying in the Red Raider family because I have grown to love Texas Tech over the years. I know that Texas Tech is the place for me and I couldn't be more excited.

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