Israni Awarded More Than Half Million in Scholarships

Israni Awarded More Than Half Million in Scholarships
Posted on 05/30/2014
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Los Fresnos High School


Los Fresnos High School senior AngelaRose Shanti Israni is elated.

A recipient of both the prestigious Terry Scholarship and highly selective Minnie Stevens Piper Scholarship, she has witnessed her once distant aspirations come into fruition. Such scholarships have rendered her countless hours of studying for SATs and writing application essays undoubtedly worthwhile.

After an initial nomination by the LFHS Counseling Office, a preliminary and final application, and an evaluation of her SAT score, Israni was chosen as one of 25 students in Texas to receive the $200,000 Minnie Stevens Piper Scholarship, which covers all undergraduate and graduate university expenses. Her total scholarship offers was more than one half of 1 million dollars.

“Once I received the news and opened the envelope, I was in total shock,” Shanti said. “My mother was really happy for me.”

Matching her first scholarship, Israni was offered the competitive Terry Scholarship at both The University of Texas and Texas A&M University. She was one of approximately 150 students selected among all UT applicants and one of approximately 50 students selected among all Texas A&M applicants.

She subsequently decided to select Texas A&M University after being prompted by the Vice President of the Terry Foundation to make a decision. From there, she received an all-expense paid trip to Houston to interview with a Texas A&M panel and ultimately secure the scholarship. The Terry Scholarship will pay for all her undergraduate expenses at Texas A&M.

Her involvement in organizations on campus has been both extensive and all-encompassing. She served as the Vice President of the LFHS National Honor Society, where she organized various service events. Recently competing in Atlanta, Ga. for DECA Internationals, Israni has also remained committed to the business marketing organization, DECA, where she led recruitment activities as Vice President of Public Relations.

She is in the Top 5 percent of the LFHS Class of 2014.

Her role as weather reporter and news anchor for the LFHS local KLFT News Media Center has furthered fostered her passion for communications. Adding yet another dimension to her high school experience, Israni worked as Fundraising Director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where she implemented several fundraisers to provide gifts for struggling families in the community.

In addition to her school involvement, Israni has been very active in her church located in downtown Brownsville. “I help with a lot of church activities, everything from working as a dance choreographer to the Sunday School director,” she says.

Israni attributes much of her success to her school district.

“Being in Los Fresnos has really made me who I am. I’ve been challenged and shaped not only as a student in class, but as an individual in this world. I’m so thankful for that.”
She expresses gratitude for every person who empowered her to maximize her potential. Ezequiel Garcia, Resaca Middle School chemistry teacher, and Justin Stumbaugh, LFHS assistant principal, made that list.

“Mr. Garcia has made such a huge difference in my life – I learned the power of positivity from him,” Israni said.

Israni also grateful for the endless encouragement she has received along the way from LFHS administration. “Right before my interview for the Terry Scholarship, Mr. Stumbaugh advised me to ‘Be confident.’ I walked into that interview in Houston and remembered that seemingly simple statement. ” Such a simple statement will continue to resonate with her.

Attending Texas A&M University in the fall, Israni anticipates meeting many new people and living in a new place. “A&M will be such a stimulating environment and there will be so many incredible opportunities and resources at my fingertips.” She looks forwards to living amongst other Terry scholars.

Planning on majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Communications, Israni plans to integrate two interests in her pursuit to become a dentist.

“In five years, I see myself in my first year of dental school having graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from Texas A&M. I hope to have made some great connections and have developed a vast network across the state. Former Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin says that ‘relationships are the currency of life’ and I truly believe that.”

To younger students, Israni, a self-described “scholarship junkie,” advises students to write genuinely in essays.

 “Don’t fabricate any of your accomplishments and be completely honest in your application. Be authentic and apply for everything. Colleges want to hear about the real you, not the image you attempt to create.”

Ultimately, Israni credits her successes to God. “Everything I am and everything I become is because of God. He’s given me grace and both guided and provided for me.”

Her total award was $558,374 in scholarship offers from both private foundations and various universities across Texas.
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