Our Students Tell Us....
What does academic sponsorship really mean to our students?
It's the chance to follow a dream, complete an education, launch a career, build a better future....
Edna Gutierrez, Junior Achiever 2019
A part of me always thought that by being Hispanic and from a low income family, I wouldn't be able to go out of state for college or even just travel. But this scholarship really made me realize that there is so much our world has to offer and that I want to experience it.
When I came back from our trip many of my neighbors said "I bet now she wants to go to Greece and France and many more" as a joke, but the truth is, I really do and now I can see myself traveling in the future.
In addition, before this trip colleges in London weren't even on my list, but now I'm looking into other colleges out of state and even out of the country.
Christine Cao, Junior Achiever 2019
After going to London, I could describe the way I felt afterwards in one word: empowered. I feel that there is a whole other side of the world that I have never been to and if I work hard enough and put forth the effort to do so, I have the ability to explore those parts of the world and really make an impact wherever I end up. England was beautiful and I was surrounded by people who had the same ambition and drive as I do even though we all came from such different parts of the world and different backgrounds. It was nice to hear that I wasn't the only one who was anxious about the next step after high school. It was also very refreshing to gain a sense of the "real world" outside of my hometown. I feel that it helped me find myself and the setting I would like to be a part of in college. I also feel more confident as I begin my college application process. Overall, I am grateful and I now know that I have the ability to go wherever and be whatever I would like, the possibilities are limitless!
Milton Rodriguez, Junior Achiever 2019
This experience has affected my life as I see that there is much more to the world than our country. I benefited from this scholarship by learning British culture, politics, and art. I learned that there are always doors for everything, you just need to know how to look for them.
Allison Azuara, Junior Achiever 2019
This experience has changed my life because it has opened my eyes to all that the world and that life has to offer. I feel as if before I was so limited to just my surroundings, but after visiting England, I was able to see first hand all the beauty and rich history, this which only pushed me and inspired me to do more and to not underestimate my abilities. The future has so much to offer and I can’t allow my insecurities prevent me from being able to explore new places and learn new things .
Nathan Tutop, Junior Achiever 2019
I now know that I am well enough capable to be away from home, especially as far as across the Atlantic. This scholarship has shown me that there is so much more to life than just the confines of my state, or even country, and that opportunity is available even in places that are foreign and unknown. All it takes is “a leap of faith” to step outside our comfort zones.
Ethan Pham, Undergraduate scholar 2019, Electrical Engineering, University of Texas
BAFTX has granted me the opportunity to go to my dream school by providing me with funding for my tuition. Receiving the scholarship will also motivate me to continue working towards my dreams of changing the world through engineering.
Hudson Nash, Undergraduate Scholar 2019, Chemical Engineering & Economics, University of Texas
As an upcoming freshman in university, funding for tuition comes in opportunities that are few and far between. Being awarded the BAFTX undergraduate scholarship supplied me not only the financial opportunity to excel in college but also the motivation and inspiration to achieve my aspirations.
Stephanie Zuniga, Undergraduate scholar 2019, Software Engineering, University of Houston
This award means that I can continue my academics without having to worry about the financial side. This award will impact my future by helping me be the first in my family to attend college and by inspiring me to graduate and give back to my community.
Austin Baty, Undergraduate scholar 2019, Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M
To which no words could ever truly describe what impact and emotional tribute the scholarship will hold in my life and future. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. This award means everything.
Ashley Sessums, Undergraduate scholar 2019, Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston
This scholarship motivates and enables me to be the best student I can be as I continue my college education and prepare to begin a career in the energy industry. I am so grateful to organizations like BAFTX that support students like me and encourage us to dream big. Thanks to the scholarship, I will be able to focus on dedicating my time to my studies and increasing my involvement on campus and in my community. One day I hope to give back to, and support and inspire students with scholarships and mentorship.
Elizabeth Lara, Undergraduate Scholar 2019, Industrial Engineering, University of Houston
The impact the scholarship will have on my life is indescribable. I will have the opportunity to pursue my education in engineering. I will be the first one in my family to pursue an education and I'm more than grateful for this opportunity. I also want to continue my education (Masters in Engineering or MBA). I hope to continue to give back in the future. Thank you!
Chelsea Parada, Undergraduate scholar 2019, Environmental Geoscience, Texas A&M
The honor of receiving this award from BAFTX has allowed me to continue my education and pursue my dream of studying hydrology. I am ever grateful to the sponsors for this opportunity and cannot thank them enough for their generosity.
Romelia Sanchez, Graduate Scholar 2019, Finance, University of Houston
I am eternally grateful for the scholarship. At the beginning of this year I wasn't sure if I would be able to continue grad school, and I told myself that if I didn't receive any of the awards I applied for, it meant I would need to pause my education and go into the workforce. When I received the news about the BAFTX scholarship, I called all my family members because I was so excited. They all know what education means to me and they are all proud that I'm able to continue my education, since I will be the first of my family to receive a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.
Vanessa Hernandez, Associate Scholar 2019, Computer Science, Lone Star College
This award means the opportunity to take the next step in my college career. It will allow me to expand my horizon with what I want to pursue by funding for my transfer to the University of Texas at Dallas as a computer science major. Ultimately this award will aid me in inspiring young women to step out of their own comfort zone through the work I will do.
Ariana Morris, Undergraduate Scholar 2019, Mathematics, Texas A&M
I am very grateful for this opportunity. It means a lot to me that others are willing to invest in my education. It is my full intent to pass on this act. While I may not become financially able to support future students, I will be doing everything I can to build their lives in the classroom. I will be an inspirational teacher, not only of math but also of connections to the real world, applications, and how to truly learn. I intend to inspire students to look beyond the routine and seek greatness. For me, this will be true success.
Diana Olmos, Junior Achiever 2018
Thanks to this wonderful opportunity, I have learned that I have the ability to conquer and achieve anything I want. I learned that limitations are figments of our own insecurities, that I can go above and beyond to achieve the impossible. I found out how incredible it feels to learn from collaboration and shared experiences. I made friends that have widened my perspective. I have experienced the fulfillment that independence gives you. During my time in London, I realized that my love for learning and love for education brought me there. The experience really revitalized my desire to continue my education and share my passions with the world. I am now ready to begin the next chapter of my life at a college/university, and share what I have learned with my community.
Ruth Beaubrun, Junior Achiever 2018
I gained knowledge about British culture that I could never discover in school, and because of this, my desire to major in international relations has increased tenfold.
Ahmad Elhajj, Junior Achiever 2018
This scholarship benefited me by motivating me to do better in school, so I can attend more trips, or to just be a successful individual who can travel the world and experience foreign cultures. Therefore, I can’t thank you all enough for this life changing experience.
Dieungoc Nguyen, Junior Achiever 2018
The biggest takeaway was certainly that I can excel at being independent. This trip has been life-changing not only that I was seeing pretty sights around me but it was more confidence in myself and my abilities to rise above my insecurities and self-consciousness. My future feels brighter and I feel brighter.
Heriberto Triana, Undergraduate Scholar 2018, Houston Community College
Your contribution to my college education has made a tremendous impact on my life. You have helped my financial situation in college and relieved me of stress in my life. Thanks to the award I was given, I have been motivated to do even better in both in school and in my personal life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Jaimie Crane, Graduate Scholar 2018, Texas Women's University
This award means I am able to further my future and have an educated base of support to give back to my community. While this award relieves some of the monetary burden, this award is an investment in my future, an investment in your future, an investment in the world
Christina Grueso, Undergraduate Scholar 2018, Houston Baptist University
I am extremely grateful to receive this scholarship. By receiving this award, I will be able to achieve my goal of being the first to ever graduate in my family.
Aida Zamani, Undergraduate scholar 2018, Texas A&M University
I want to thank you again for this great opportunity. This award means a lot to me. I believe any scholarship has a great effect on supporting and motivating the winner to pursue her goal with much more power
Anthony Pham, Undergraduate Scholar 2018, University of Houston
I am extremely blessed to be awarded this scholarship award. Thank you for believing in me and supporting my dreams. You have inspired me to do philanthropic deeds in the future and be an active member in my community. Your support will help alleviate my financial worries as I take on this next chapter in my life
Isaac Buitrago, Undergraduate Scholar 2017, University of Texas
Since my BAFTX scholarship, I have gained an intern position at Southwest Research Institute and have maintained a 4.0 GPA. I am going into my senior year and look forward to the challenges that await me while also preparing myself for the next step in my life. I plan to enroll in a Masters program while starting my career. Thanks again BAFTX for supporting my education.
Magy Avedissian, Undergraduate Scholar 2017, Texas A&M
I am now a rising senior and have recently been elected as president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter at Texas A&M University. This summer, I will be interning with Schlumberger in Houston. Next steps include finding what part of the energy industry I would like to further study. I have found interest in an international scope of oil and gas, and am considering possible graduate school options outside of the United States after gaining some work experience. But, I do not feel that I am necessarily tied down to any certain experience. I am open to learning as much as I can about this exciting industry.
Ziba Colah, Undergraduate Scholar 2016, University of Houston
The BAFTX scholarship gave me the opportunity to avoid a major stressor that students face: a financial burden. Having another sibling in a four year university puts a lot of financial strain on my parents. To be able to pay for classes and housing through this scholarship decreases the stress I face and allows me to focus entirely on my academic goals. This is invaluable as pursuing a career in medicine requires the utmost focus in the academics
Rebecca Zamora, Junior Achiever 2016
The “British Summer Programme” I attended thanks to the generosity of the people who sponsored the Junior Achiever Scholarship awarded to me a few months ago, in addition to intensifying my love for history gave me the opportunity to experience the European culture in a way I do not think any other 17 year old from a low-income household like me would.
I am beyond grateful for this amazing one-in-a-lifetime opportunity and, as I mentioned to my parents and friends a life changing experience, I had been deeply interested in history before this summer program but never had I considered to be a passion for me- something I would like to study more in depth in the future.
Leslie Vergara, Junior Achiever 2016
I am so grateful for BAFTX because I was able to make lifetime friendships!! Studying abroad has also allowed me to talk to strangers easily! I now know that I will be able to live on my own in college! Experiencing programs now as freshmen, sophomores or juniors will give you all courage to actually do study abroad in college. It was an amazing opportunity that I will never forget or regret!
Madelaine Heaven, Junior Achiever 2014
The BAFTX trip was an immensely formative experience for me, and came right at a time when I was still figuring out how to navigate the world on my own. The program opened my eyes to cultures and opinions that sometimes directly contrasted my own worldview up to that point, and as a result, made me a much more open-minded and considerate adult. My father was English and did a great deal of travelling when he was younger, so I grew up hearing all of his stories, but I would never have been able to experience any of it for myself had I not been sponsored by BAFTX. That experience has resulted in my returning to the UK (travelling up and down the island) for at least a month every year since the trip, and pushed me to apply for a whole host of scholarships and programs I never would have dreamed of beforehand. I am now a Terry Scholar at Texas A&M Galveston, with a full ride all four years of university-- including a stipend for a semester abroad that I will be taking next year. I am a Community Leader (a university job), an officer in the Terry Organisation, and a leader on campus.
BAFTX allowed me to dream, then gave me the tools to make those dreams a reality.
emily drastata, undergraduate scholar, texas A&M University 2015
In all honesty, receiving a scholarship from BAFTX was the deciding factor for me to continue my education. With the help of BAFTX, I didn’t have to sacrifice my educational goals! I’m so grateful for the generosity of the British American Foundation of Texas, which has allowed me to pursue my Master's Degree. The support from BAFTX granted me opportunities of incredible blessing and growth.
Donald Peacock, Junior Achiever 2015
Traveling to London for 12 days allowed me to understand the true meaning of art and inspiration so I as a person achieve greater hold on life. Within our trips, we saw memorials, statues, jewels, and more. I will never be able to forget this experience and will forever reign on my heart as the best experience of my life. On this trip we visited The Blank, this engaging performance showed me what it took to be a part of England's opera and amazed me to the point to help me decide that theatre is a wonderful major to pursue. I would like to genuinely thank you for all of your efforts for students like me. Without your help, I wouldn't have been flying for 11 hours to London on an international flight. You have helped a hot-headed boy with lollipop dreams turn into a traveling scholar and become a functional not ornamental asset to my school.
David Rochelle, Undergraduate Scholar 2013, Swansea University
I did my study abroad, funded by BAFTX, from August to December 2013. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to study abroad and I feel it has added to my skill set in various ways. In 2015 I graduated from Swansea University with a first class degree (hons). The same year I started my current course, an integrated PhD (Master's degree and PhD) at the University of Leeds. My course title is: Centre of Doctoral Training in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine - innovation in medical and biological engineering. I am in the third year of four currently and in an integral part of my research. The study abroad programme demonstrated to me the dedication and determination needed to achieve your goals, something that I need to complete my PhD.
Linda K Valadez, Junior Achiever 2012
In 2012 I was accepted to the BAFTX Junior Achievers program and I have been in debt to BAFTX ever since. I come from a small Texan town called Houston, you might have heard of it; Houston was my world before I got the chance to travel--rarely getting the opportunity to travel and leave the small bubble that North Houston can be. Never in my young adult life could I have ever dreamed of going to England, but BAFTX made it happen; BAFTX made it happen for this unlikely traveler. Coming from a blue collar family, being able to leave the borders of beltway 8 was monumental to me. The cultural and academic exposure I gained through BAFTX is unparalleled to any other experience I've had since. I am currently embarking my Senior year at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, 1,547 miles away from home. My horizons have only further expanded after my experience in England. Thank you BAFTX for all your support!"
Kalla Pearson, 2009 undergraduate scholar, university of Bath (UK)
I studied abroad in Bath, England the Spring of 2009.
Studying abroad was one the best decisions of my college career. In a short 5 months, I made friends from all over the world, who I am still in contact with today. I would tell anyone that if they have the opportunity, they should study abroad to learn more about the world. I know it is helpful to have met people from all cultures, given I work for a global company.
Jackie Khong, Junior Achiever
Since my journey to London as a Junior Achiever, I discovered a passion for studying different cultures. This passion led me to study abroad in Costa Rica and Japan, and to obtain a degree in International Studies of Commerce (minor in Japanese). I observed how language barriers can prevent people from receiving help from authorities. This was a factor that led me to attend law school. I developed a desire to assist low income individuals who need access to our legal system, but struggle with language barriers. As of 2018, I recently graduated from law school, and continue to work with the Family Violence Law Center to help individuals from various cultural backgrounds in obtaining a restraining order against domestic violence abusers.
Jasmin Douglas, Junior Achiever 2008
Thank you all for giving me this chance to enjoy this magnificent experience! This opportunity may never again come for me in this lifetime. I am now more social, responsible, and have developed leadership skills, of which I never dreamed possible. I now have a yearning to meet new people, try new things, and dream new ideas. The people I have met on this trip, from all over the world, have become pen pals, lifelong friends and even relationship counselors. Not only has this been a meaningful trip, but it has been a privilege and an honor! I am now set apart from the average female college applicant, I now have something on my resume which shows my seeking of knowledge and my love of history and politics. With deepest thanks, "
R. Resendiz, Junior Achiever 2008
Thank you for allowing me the pleasure to visit the United Kingdom. I feel I learned an abundance of information about the British culture and got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This experience definitely changed my life by giving me a glance to what I might want to become in the future."
Elysse GreenBerg, Undergraduate Scholar 2008, university of houston
I cannot express how grateful and thankful I am to be a scholarship recipient. These funds will allow me, for the first time in my college career, to focus entirely on my schooling without the constant worry of working to pay for it while juggling a full time job and a difficult course load.
Whitney Petty, Graduate Scholar
Some how I hope you understand what your contribution to my education has meant to not only me, but my family. Your support of my education is an incredible gift for which we are forever grateful.
Joo Schmidt, Undergraduate Scholar, Houston Baptist University
I am very honored to be the recipient of this award and enjoyed the chance to meet people in the banquet. Receiving this scholarship motivates me to maintain my GPA and complete my degree. I look forward to being able to give back to the community. I thank you for your confidence and willingness to help me achieve goals.
Yarid Hassad Puentes, Undergraduate Scholar
I want to take a moment to personally thank you once again for all of your support. Attending the BAFTX gala was an amazing experience for my parents and I, one that allowed us to more comprehensively understand what you and the team of directors do independently and collectively to make a difference in the community. As a beneficiary, I greatly appreciate the investment in my education and in me as an individual. I offer you my heartfelt appreciation and my commitment to continue in my educational goals so that one day I too can financially support the next generation of students who receive from you a new opportunity to succeed.
Nishita Soneji, Undergraduate Scholar 2012, university of texas
Just to let BAFTX know how much I appreciated the award ceremony held last week for us. It was fun and the food was great. I took a lot of things back home from the guest speakers and sponsors; they were truly people that I admire. I also appreciate my sponsor, HESS, for the scholarship.
Ann Wu, undergraduate scholar, University of Texas to Bristol University
Thank you so much for selecting me as a recipient of the exchange program. I am more than honored and thankful to be representing my school and country in learning and exchanging lifelong experiences with other students abroad
J. Hoskins, Junior Achiever 2007
This experience was more than I ever could have imagined and more than I ever would have dreamt. My trip to London has defined my growth and expansion as a student and a young adult. I can honestly say this was the most wonderful experience I could have attained.
L. Johnson, Junior Achiever 2007
The trip to the UK has given me a better understanding of Britain's culture and history. I loved the day trips to new places - they were fun as well as educational. We saw amazing buildings and the scenery was so beautiful, I wish I could have watched it all day! While on this trip I made some great friends. I will never forget the time I spent in London
Brenda Serpas, Junior Achiever
This scholarship has been an array of benefits. Through this scholarship I have experienced things that are extremely educational and useful for my life ahead. I've learned about different cultures and customs which have heavily influenced my perspective of the world. Through this experience I made wonderful friends as well. I feel like I have improved my communication skills. The things I have seen will help me with future subjects at school whether it's regarding art or history. This whole experience has broadened my ability to assimilate to different countries and cultures, which will aid me in my future endeavors.
Yuribia munoz, undergraduate scholar, university of houston
"I am a fifth year geology PhD student in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Houston. I was awarded a BAFTX award during my junior year in this same department. It was the first award for which I was nominated and I was so happy to have won the award. Shortly after this, I started working with my current PhD advisor. I would describe myself as a marine geologist, with a specialty in sedimentology. My dissertation research focuses on the study of sedimentary processes and sediment distribution in fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula. In the future, I want to continue working on similar research, not only in Antarctica but also in the Texas Gulf Coast. I also want to teach earth science and environmental geology at college level. What brought me into geology was the curiosity to understand the processes that shape this planet, and during all this time I have never ceased to be amazed by the natural world. I hope one day I can transmit this sentiment to others."
Joi Bartholomew, Junior Achiever 2002
My life was completely and utterly transformed courtesy of the scholarship that I received that summer from BABC [who awarded Junior Achiever scholarships prior to the launch of BAFTX in 2006]. I graduated from Lamar High School in 2003 with the International Baccalaureate diploma, went on to graduate from Occidental College (where I participated on a couple of study abroad programs) with a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs, and then graduated with an MA in International Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2010. I now serve as an Academic Advisor in the Bauer College of Business, University of Houston where I advise undergraduate business students on learning abroad opportunities. My entire personal and professional trajectory has been courtesy of the kindness and generosity of BABC and the scholarship donors.