Texas Lyceum Awards Shelbyville High Senior $5,000 College Scholarship

May 22, 2015 (Austin) - The Texas Lyceum, the premier statewide non-profit, non-partisan leadership group focused on public policy issues facing Texas, announced the group will award $35,000 in scholarships to seven exceptional Texas students including five thousand dollars to Shelbyville High School Senior AltobelI Caporali of Center.

Mr. Caporali, who plans to attend Texas A&M University to study chemical and biomedical engineering, was the first Hispanic to advance to the University Interscholastic League (UIL) in the history of Shelbyville High School. He had the highest ACT score among his peers, received STARR testing Advanced Academic Performance in all of his areas of his coursework and is active in his church as an usher and church band member.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 35th anniversary than by giving $35,000 worth of scholarships to deserving Texas students,” said 2015 Lyceum President Jane Cummins. “The Lyceum helps cultivate leaders in the State of Texas and there is no better time to invest in future leaders than as they begin their academic career as a Texas college student.”

Lesley Briones, Vice President of Leadership for the Texas Lyceum, oversaw the selection process this year. She added, “These seven young leaders represent the bright future of our great state. They all have outstanding academic and civic achievements and a deep commitment to their communities and schools. These scholarships are meant to empower the next generation of Texas leaders by helping them achieve their dreams through higher education.”

A record number of more than 900 high school students applied for the 2015 Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarships. The following six honorees also received a $5,000 scholarship to go toward a Texas college or university: James Taylor High School senior Ishani Desai of Katy, Brackenridge High School senior Richard Martinez of San Antonio, Pasadena Memorial High School senior Jacob Lee Minter of Pasadena, Valle Verde Early College High School graduate Adriel Morgan of El Paso, Carnegie Vanguard High School (CVHS) senior Mai Pham of Houston, and Juan Diego Academy Catholic Regional High School senior Janay Lari Rocha of Rio Grande City.

The Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarship recipients are evaluated on the basis of leadership, academic record, honors, personal essays, letters of recommendation and financial need. Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarship applicants must be Texas residents and have a minimum average 3.5 GPA.

These scholarships support students who are entering a Texas college or university. For more information about the Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarship please go to www.texaslyceum.org and see "scholarships."

About The Texas Lyceum
The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. The Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum