The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin

Meet the 2014 PBKAAGA Scholarship Winners

06 May 2014 2:00 PM | Deleted user
At the May 4th general meeting of the PBKAAGA, the scholarship committee were pleased to present awards to three graduating high school seniors and one undergraduate in recognition of their achievements.  

The scholarship committee was chaired by Ms. Connie Hicks (far left) and included (from left to right) Joyce Pulich, Beverly Shivers, Martha Jones, and Tom Cedel. Noble Doss was unable to be present.  The name and photograph of each honoree, along with the award received, are listed below:

Jabu Peter Mbara
Huston-Tillotson University
Phillip Patman Memorial
Baccalaureate Scholarship ($2,500)

Majoring in Computer Science at Huston-Tillotson University, Peter Mbara consistently takes on extra academic and mentoring responsibilities.  Equally committed to his pre-engineering studies and his duties as Sophomore Class President, he embodies an level of academic enthusiasm as well as accomplishment that is noted by his professors and inspiring to his peers.  He has a particular gift for seeing and respecting views that differ from his own.  A charismatic multilingual and multicultural leader and an excellent colleague, Mr. Mbara is already making great contributions both locally and globally.

Rio Layla Esquivel 
William B. Travis High School
PBKGAA Scholarship
for Academic Excellence ($ 2,500)

Rio Esquivel graduated first in her large class from William B. Travis High School, where she was an award-winning member of the American Drill Team and the All City Dance Team.  At the same time, she consistently undertook the most demanding courses at the AP and Dual Credit level.  Her energy and passion for her ideas is matched by respect for those of others.  She also took the time to share her talents with others for whom academic pursuits came less easily as she and in shaping the future of her school by serving on the Campus Advisory Council and volunteering with the HEB Annual Feast of Sharing.  Ms. Esquivel will be attending the University of Texas in the Fall of 2014 as a Plan II major with a double major in Biology. She hopes to serve her community by becoming an orthopedic surgeon, providing care and comfort to all.

Savannah Shivers
A. N. McCallum High School
Phi Beta Kappa
Lawyers' Scholarship ($ 2,000)

Savannah Shivers was a member of the National Honors Society for all four years of high school and graduated as valedictorian for her large class from A.N. McCallum Hugh School.  Always picking and excelling in the most challenging courses, ranging across the liberal arts and sciences, Ms. Shivers has two particular passions music and children.  A leader and accomplished musician in voice and trumpet, she was inspired to participate on a mission in Nicaragua where she worked with special needs children.  People who work with her are inspired by her concern for others, especially those at risk.  Beginning in Fall 2014, Ms. Shivers will attend Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, where she plans to major in psychology.

Samantha Adele Miller
James Bowie High School
Phi Beta Kappa
Doctors' Scholarship ($ 2,000)

Ranked as the best student in her large graduating class from James Bowie High School, Samantha Adele Miller has excelled across the curriculum, from language arts to mathematics.  Having undertaken a rigorous curriculum, Ms. Miller always challenges herself personally and intellectually.  Foreshadowing her success in college, Ms. Miller is able to see beyond the problems teachers set for her and to engage with the ideas that underlie those problems.  Whether winning a best musical show competition, or grappling with the complexity of programming in C++, Ms. Miller stands out to all who meet and work with her. It is hardly surprising that she has been admitted to the Turing Scholars and Dean's Scholars Honors Programs and began her major in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin in August 2014.
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