Cypress Ranch graduate receives Brockman Foundation Scholarship

July 3, 2018

Cypress Ranch graduate receives Brockman Foundation Scholarship
Recent Cypress Ranch High School graduate Alexander O’Connor was among two CFISD students to earn 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.

July 3, 2018—Recent Cypress Ranch High School graduate Alexander O’Connor was among the 40 nationally-competitive members of the Class of 2018 to earn the Brockman Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship that covers five years of study at Texas A&M University.

O’Connor joined another recent CFISD graduate – Cypress Falls High School’s Zachary Falla – in earning the prestigious scholarship.

“It was pretty incredible when I found out,” O’Connor said. “My parents went to Texas A&M and my grandparents taught there, so it was a big moment for me and I was just happy to be able to see that news and see that I got the scholarship. It’s kind of a dream come true.”

With the five years of study, the scholarship 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.

In a letter to Cypress Ranch Principal Mike Maness, James Gilbert, the foundation’s deputy executive director, said O’Connor “reached the final stage of a highly competitive process which began with almost one thousand superbly talented young people who applied for a Brockman Scholarship. Alexander’s selection is a testament to his exceptional qualities as a person and academic successes.”

Aside from academic merit, the Brockman Scholars Foundation seeks to attract students who also showcase good citizenship and are involved in their communities.

The scholarship covers tuition, room and board, personal expenses, books and supplies, while also offering opportunities for overseas study and internship opportunities. The foundation provides additional resources to help scholarship recipients reach their potential. The value of the Brockman Scholarship would be in excess of $175,000 over the course of the five years.

“Going through the process was definitely worth it and just having the opportunity to make it to the interview stage,” O’Connor said. “It’s hard to beat the Aggie engineering program and that’s kind of what I set my heart on.”

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