April 26, 2018
Cypress Falls High School senior Zachary Falla earned a Brockman Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship that covers four years of undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as one year to cover the Master of Science in Business program at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School. (Photo by Avery Collins, Cypress Falls HS)
By Breanna Montgomery and Avery Collins, Cypress Falls HS
April 26, 2018—Full-ride scholarships can be the envy of high school students, whether it’s through academics, athletics or the arts. The Brockman Scholarship is just that and more.
The merit-based scholarship covers five years of study at Texas A&M University. The aid accounts for four years of undergraduate studies in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as one year to cover the Master of Science in Business program at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School.
Cypress Falls High School senior Zachary Falla was among the 40 nationally-competitive pending graduates fortunate to earn this honorable scholarship.
“I was kind of in disbelief,” Falla said of earning the scholarship. “I’ve worked hard in high school (and) I’ve done well. It’s hard to believe.”
The application was a competitive process and he made it through several levels of interviews including a final round where 100 students were selected for an interview session lasting three days in College Station.
Falla said he wasn’t nervous during the three-day process. He was confident in what advanced him to that point.
“I knew that I had already put in the work, and there was nothing else I could really do,” he said. “All I could do was go, do my interview, present myself, and do my best.”
Falla did enjoy the competition and selection process.
“I did well and had a good time,” he said. “We got to meet a lot of smart kids around Texas. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
The scholarship covers room and board, and also offers opportunities for overseas study and internship opportunities. In addition, the Brockman Scholars Foundation provides other resources to help recipients achieve their full potential and complete their studies.
Aside from academic merit, the foundation is seeking to attract students who can demonstrate high levels of constructive community engagement, and who exhibit the qualities of a good citizen. Brockman Scholars must be individuals who demonstrate their quality in all three areas.
Falla will graduate in June in the top one percent of his class. In addition, he’ll be a first-generation college student from his family.
“(My family) was in disbelief, also,” Falla said. “It’s an amazing opportunity to go to school for free.”