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AUSTIN, Texas – Austin Community Foundation announced today that 20 Central Texas students will receive a $25,000 scholarship from the Sheth Sangreal Scholarship Fund managed by the Foundation.

The purpose of the Sheth Sangreal Scholarship Fund is to support the economic mobility and financial needs of students that demonstrate high academic achievement in Austin and surrounding areas.

“It is important during these uncertain economic times to provide every opportunity for young people to attain their hopes and dreams when it comes to education. The Sheth Family feels proud to play a small part in the journey these students are taking toward rewarding careers and wish them every success,” said Brian Sheth.

Of the 20 high school graduates selected to receive a $25,000 scholarship:

  • 100% recently graduated high school in Central Texas;
  • 90% are students of color or two or more races;
  • 85% are first-generation college students;
  • Daya Contreras (left) and Jaleen Allen (right)

    65% are female, and 35% are male.

“I’m so excited to attend college and begin working toward my dream of becoming a travel nurse. Thanks to this generous scholarship, I can focus on my studies without having to balance a part-time job. This gift means a lot to me, and I am committed to being a positive role model for other students like myself who have dreams of attending college,” said Daya Contreras, Sheth Sangreal Scholarship recipient attending the University of San Antonio in the fall.

“Words cannot adequately convey my appreciation and the immense impact this generous award will have on my educational journey as a biomedical engineering major. With this financial support, I can pursue my dreams without the burden of excessive student loans, allowing me to focus wholeheartedly on my education. This scholarship has transformed my life, and I will forever be grateful,” said Jaleen Allen, Sheth Sangreal Scholarship recipient attending Michigan Technological University in the fall.

Austin Community Foundation awarded 199 scholarships this year totaling $979,985, including the scholarships announced today. The Foundation manages over 100 scholarship funds, and students can apply for multiple opportunities using a single application. The application opens in the fall of each year; awards are announced in the spring.

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