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AUSTIN, Texas – May 26, 2020 – In special parking lot ceremonies on Tuesday, May 26, representatives from the Moody Foundation visited Navarro Early College High School and Northeast Early College High School to distribute laptops to 15 Moody Scholars as part of its Moody Scholars program.

Initiated in 1969, the Moody Scholars program was created to provide financial assistance for qualified high school students pursuing higher education in Texas. Since its inception, Moody Scholars has awarded over $17 million to assist more than 5,200 students throughout the state.

“For more than 50 years, the Moody Scholars program has provided opportunities for students to further their learning,” said Angela Blair, education director of the Moody Foundation. “Though we didn’t imagine hosting a parking lot graduation ceremony, we believe this unprecedented time will only strengthen our scholars and spur them towards greater learning and success.”

2019-2020 Austin Moody Scholars include:

Navarro Early College High School Northeast Early College High School
Joselyn Blanco Janeth Aviles-Esteves
Jose Capilla Emma Lawrence
Jeanette Cazares Daniela Marquez-Moreno
Cesar Menchaca Biak Par
Rahil Patel Jose Ramirez
Nayeli San Juan Ismael Ramirez
Lawren Sabino
Michelle Sanchez
Elvia Saucedo-Davis


In past years, the scholars have gone off to attend colleges throughout Texas, including Baylor University, Galveston College, Rice University, Sam Houston State University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Houston, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, University of Texas San Antonio and more.

“Our goal for the Moody Scholars program is to bring hope to our scholars’ futures and give them a solid launchpad to continue their academic journeys,” said Erika Tovar, education and scholarship administrative assistant of the Moody Foundation. “We know our Moody Scholars would have loved to celebrate this milestone physically with extended family and friends, so we wanted to make this moment extra special.”


About the Moody Foundation

The Moody Foundation was established by W.L. Moody, Jr. and Libbie Shearn Moody in 1942 to share their good fortune and make a difference in the lives of the people of Texas. Since then, the Foundation has pledged and awarded more than $1.7 billion in grants throughout the state – with over $289.7 million in Austin giving – to organizations that have educated, healed, nurtured and inspired generations of Texans. The Moody Foundation continues with a board of three trustees: Frances Moody-Dahlberg, Ross Moody and Elizabeth Moody. Learn more at and follow the Foundation on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.

Kami Lee representing Moody Foundation
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