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Class of 2021 graduates celebrate $681,000 in CFEF scholarships

Lily Chau, Leslie Martone and Kara Kovalsky.
Jersey Village High School graduate Lily Chau, left, poses with Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Board of Trustee members Leslie Martone, center, and Kara Kovalsky. The scholarship reception allows scholarship donors and mentors to meet with scholarship recipients face-to-face.

Aug. 9, 2021—More than 140 Cypress-Fairbanks ISD graduates celebrated earning scholarships valued at $681,000 at the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) 2021 Scholarship Reception on Aug. 3 at the Berry Center.  

The CFEF, which has awarded more than $10 million in scholarships to more than 2,100 CFISD graduates since its inception in 1970, welcomed families of the 143 recipients to the annual event.

The Class of 2021 CFEF scholarships were comprised of 52 Schroeder Scholarships for future Lone Star College—Cy-Fair students and 91 endowed scholarships.

Cypress Falls High School alumna and past Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Scholarship recipient Dr. Moriah Thompson.
Cypress Falls High School alumna and past Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Scholarship recipient Dr. Moriah Thompson delivers the keynote address at the 2021 CFEF Scholarship Reception, held Aug. 3 at the Berry Center.

The reception allowed donors and mentors to meet with scholarship recipients, putting a face with the name on each side and helping start mentor-mentee relationships.

For Cypress Falls High School graduate Shaltiy-El Jackson, meeting her mentor was an important part of the night.

“I was able to meet my mentor and I’m excited to get in touch with her more and more,” said Jackson, who plans to study biology at the University of Texas at Austin. “She works in a hospital and communicating with her about that is going to be so beneficial because I want to go into the medical field.”

Tom Jackson, Vivi Nguyen and Oshake Wenegieme.
From left, Tom Jackson, CFISD Board of Trustees member, Vivi Nguyen, Cypress Ridge High School graduate and Oshoke Wenegieme, Cypress Creek High School graduate, pose for a photo at the 2021 CFEF Scholarship Reception, held Aug. 3 at the Berry Center. This year’s reception celebrated 143 recipients, who shared more than $681,000 in scholarship awards.

Dr. Moriah Thompson, a NASA flight surgeon and Cypress Falls High School graduate, offered the keynote address. Thompson is also a past CFEF scholarship recipient.

“The scholarship that I received from the CFEF played a big part in achieving my goals,” Thompson said. “I knew going into college that I would have to be self-funded. Scholarships like this opened more opportunities for me to go beyond undergrad and go to medical school and do what I do now. I’m excited to see what all these students achieve with the help of the CFEF.”

The 2021 scholarship reception celebrated both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021.

Cypress Springs High School graduates Eley Mendoza, left, and Huynh Nguyen.
Cypress Springs High School graduates Eley Mendoza, left, and Huynh Nguyen, attend the 2021 CFEF Scholarship Reception, held Aug. 3 at the Berry Center. The CFEF has awarded more than $10 million in scholarships to more than 2,100 CFISD graduates since its inception in 1970.

“Since there was not a scholarship reception last year, it was a great opportunity to not only celebrate the Class of 2021, but the 2020 class as well,” said Mark McShaffry, CFEF chairman. “Allowing students and parents to meet sponsors and trustees is very exciting.”

The following students earned CFEF scholarships:  

Aarthi Annamalai

Abel Aguirre

Adam Lehmann

Adam To

Adan Arvizu Jr.

Adetunji Adegboyega

Adriana Flores

Alaina Wiseley

Alayna Palacios

Alexis Glenn

Alondra Martinez

Alora Robinson

Alyssa Taveras

Andy Nguyen

Angela Villegas

Aniyah Craddock

Anjalina Rosa

Anthony Khuong

Anusha Farid

Ariana Berrios

Ashland Hinojosa

Benjamin Schleiger

Brian Hales

Bruce Manning

Carlos Ortiz Jr.

Catherine Miranda

Catherine Nguyen

Christine Nguyen

Cindy Vo

Claire Valdez

Clary Ghaly

Cristian Ornelas

Dalia Awad

Daniela Quintana Moreno

Daniella Garcia-Loos

Darlenne Chavez Lugo

David Gonzalez

Derek Hales

Dylan Nguyen

Eley Mendoza

Elizabeth Ohnesorge

Emily To

Emily Wussow

Erin Shields

Evan Delaune

Evelyn Davalos

Evelyn Tran

Evony McCutchen

Faizan Ali

Fatou Faye

Fizza Mehmood

Gabriel Calixto

Gabriella Vargas

Gage Geaslin

Genesis Jimenez

Haley Twidwell

Hareem Ali

Hector Nguyen

Henry Lumberas

Huynh Nguyen

Isabella Lindahl

Jacqueline Goshorn

Jacquelyn Pham

Jacquelyn Pham

Jamie Armistead

Jason Dang

Jason Nguyen

Jocelyn Gonzalez

Juliana Vasquez

Julie Nieto

Karen Henriquez Mejia

Katelyn Garcia

Katherine Colindres

Katherine Gonzalez

Katherine Piche

Kathy Tran

Katrina Tai

Kayleigh Kopesky

Kevin Rivera

Kimberly Rivera

Kulsum Ali

Laura Gutierrez

Leah Pawelek

Leilani Lucero

Leslie Acosta

Leslie Alvineda

Lessley Zometa Ardon

Lexie Hernandez

Lily Chau

Ma Alaine Say

Madelynn Ponder

Madison N. Wilder

Malena Benitez

Maria Gamron

Mark Bentick

Mason Thieu

Maxwell Willis

Megan Garcia

Megan Thomas

Mercedes Sandoval

Michael Morris Jr.

Michelle Quintanilla Romero

Mina Sabri

Morgan Martin

My Vu

Nadia Kafil

Natalia Hernandez

Nathan Fernandez

Nathan Wigginton

Nhu Tran

Oshoke Wenegieme

Paige Minerly

Rajveer Kindra

Reagan Nguyen

Rory Lynch

Rylie Oistad

Sakina Fazalbhoy

Sally Flores

Samantha Sheats

Sarah Braun

Sarah Costigan

Sarah Warring

Sarai Palencia

Savannah Negron

Shakemma Broadnax

Shalom Pena

Shaltiy-El Jackson

Siddharth Gopalakrishnan

Sterling Lucas

Tahily Colin

Tanzeem Islam

Thai Laisatrukli

Thinh Tran

Vivi Nguyen

Vuong Vu

William Henry IV

Xochilt Garcia

Xuan Ton

Yen Ong

Zaina Mattoo

Zoe Nguyen