Aldine Education Foundation Celebrates Historic Scholarship Ceremony

In a landmark event, the Aldine Education Foundation (AEF) hosted its annual scholarship ceremony during school hours for the first time, ensuring all students could participate, given the many who work after school. Despite initial concerns, the ceremony saw an impressive turnout, with over 200 families and loved ones in attendance at M.O. Campbell Educational Center. The event was also broadcast live online, garnering more than 500 views.

The ceremony commenced with a private Meet and Greet in the M.O. Campbell foyer, where scholarship recipients and donors mingled. A highlight of the evening was a heartwarming surprise from our partner, Whataburger—a commemorative table tent proudly declaring ‘Graduate 2024’ for each student.

Linda Flores Olson, Director of Aldine Education Foundation, welcomed attendees, remarking on the significance of this momentous occasion: “There are few things as exciting as new beginnings, and starting college is definitely one of the biggest new beginnings for graduating seniors. Congratulations!”

The event featured a patriotic Colors presentation by Aldine HS JROTC and a pledge led by Aurelio Manriques from Avalos PTECH. Dr. LaTonya Goffney, Superintendent of Aldine ISD, extended a warm welcome, followed by greetings from President-Elect Dr. Charlotte Davis on behalf of the AEF board, acknowledging elected officials and trustees for their support.

Dr. Davis shared the remarkable growth of AEF, highlighting that from sending 35 Aldine ISD graduates to college with $47,000 in awards in 2012, the foundation now awards scholarships totaling over $467,000 to 413 students—a testament to our community’s dedication to educational excellence.

Former scholarship recipient Ashleeya Ashley, now at Prairie View A&M, shared her inspiring journey, emphasizing resilience and the importance of support. Superintendent Goffney encouraged the young leaders with inspiring words, recognizing parents and loved ones for their pivotal role.

Mr. Michael Rogers and Adriana Gonzalez Garcia presented awards to students as they crossed the stage, followed by a heartfelt display of gratitude with recipients holding up cards thanking everyone who contributed to their success.

In closing, President-elect Davis urged continued support for students: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Students, we are cheering for you, so go light up the world!”

As students exited, they enjoyed a Grab-n-Go Whataburger breakfast sandwich and a coupon—a fitting end to a memorable celebration.

View pictures here, https://aldineeducationfoundation.org/scholarships/