Woodrow Community Foundation continues tradition

By Sara Hundley

The Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation announced this week that 30 graduating high school seniors have been awarded Foundation scholarships commencing in the fall of 2020.

Photo courtesy of The Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation

“The Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation is proud to continue in our tradition of assisting students graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School achieve their academic and career goals,” said Richard H. Vitale, President of the WWHS Community Foundation. “Since the inception of this program in 2009, the Foundation has provided financial assistance over 170 students totaling nearly $300,000 in financial aid.  We congratulate and honor the 2020 recipients, who graduated during unprecedented times and wish them continued success as they pursue their higher education goals.”

The Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation was established to support excellent education in public schools and recognize and honor academic excellence among students within the WWHS feeder pattern.  Scholarships range in value from $250 to $10,000 and were established to assist families in financing college costs.

This year’s scholarship, recipient and intended college include:

Scholarship Name


Intended college

Amy and Jason Kulas Family Scholarship

Yarely Cruz

UT Austin

Charlotte and Joseph W. Geary, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Esther Castillo

University of North Texas

Honeybone Family Scholarship

Isabela Alameda


Richmond Family Scholarship

Brynne Darden

Hampton University

Richmond Family Scholarship

Bailey Ashmore

Louisiana State University

Veritex Community Leadership College Scholarship

Katherine Brown

UT Austin

Woodrow Wilson Class of 1942 Scholarship

Andrea Goodart

Southwestern University

Richard H. Vitale Family Scholarship

Semaj Johnson

Howard University

Marca Lee Bircher Vocal/Music Theater Scholarship

Abigail Daniels

University of Oklahoma

Woodrow Wilson Class of 1964 Scholarship

Nathaniel Ogren

UT Austin

Woodrow Wilson Class of 1968 Scholarship

Lugardo Marroquin

University of Rochester

Class of 1968 Ken Morris Wildcat Band Scholarship

Bailey Moore

Davidson College

Woodrow Wilson Class of 1991 Scholarship

Veronica White

St. Olaf College

Bob and Mary Jo English Scholarship

Luke Patin

Texas A&M (College Station)

Gustavo Ipina Memorial Scholarship

Daisy Martinez

University of North Texas

Alise Cortez Scholarship

Dagim Assefa

Occidental College

Kuesel Family Scholarship

Caroline Chauza

University of Virginia

Nicolas M. Vitale Athletic Scholarship

James Medin

Hendrix College

John Quinlan and Brandon Gordon Memorial Scholarship

Elizabeth Herrera

Johns Hopkins University

Friends of Lakewood Scholarship

Elizabeth Whiteside

Emory University

Tess P. White Foundation Scholarship

Ryan Meazell

University of Georgia

Marian Dieckman Hammert Scholarship

Madison Gulley

Baylor University

Spirit of Woodrow Scholarship

Gloria Farris

Trinity University

U.S. Army Jay Cozby Memorial Scholarship

Lauren Garcia

Oklahoma State University

Woodrow Wilson HS Alumni Association Scholarship

Emma Pate

University of North Texas

Woodrow Wilson High School Robotics Scholarship

Luke Bardin

Texas A&M (College Station)

Woodrow Wilson High School Robotics Scholarship

Edna Vasquez

Texas State University

Woodrow Wilson High School Robotics Scholarship

Collin Gustafson

Purdue University

Class of 1978 Hal Hammond Memorial Scholarship

Casandra Rodriguez

University of North Texas

Class of 1971 Dennis Roe Memorial Scholarship

Kirby McDonald

UT Austin

To establish or support an existing scholarship or to donate click here.

About Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation

The Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) approved Texas nonprofit corporation founded to support and benefit Woodrow, the Woodrow Community, and DISD. It provides general financial support to the campus, including specific initiatives like the International Baccalaureate program. It also serves as a clearinghouse for scholarships given to selected graduating Woodrow seniors each year.  The purpose of the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation is to support excellent education in the public schools in the Woodrow feeder pattern in the form of loans, grants and scholarships.