By CRAIG ALANIZ
A Port Isabel High School senior was awarded a full scholarship to Texas A&M University-College Station this month.
Cheyenne Allgood was one of 289 students who received the Terry Foundation Scholarship. Allgood is the first recipient of the scholarship from Port Isabel and the only student from the Rio Grande Valley to receive the award.
The Terry Foundation is a Houston-based scholarship program founded to provide scholarships to outstanding Texas High school graduates for attendance at public colleges and universities within the state.
Allgood said she was nominated by Texas A&M for the scholarship after completing her application on applytexas.org and was asked to provide three letters of recommendation.
“I asked all my favorite teachers and they were happy to comply,” Allgood said.
A panel of six members, comprised of four alumni and two current students, interviewed Allgood in Austin in February. She was awarded the scholarship April 15.
The oldest of five children and first generation college student, Allgood said she was happy to receive the scholarship to help relieve some of the financial burden her parents would incur by sending their children to college.
“They got a long way to go and I think this will help,” Allgood said.
Allgood said she plans to study Biology at Texas A&M with aspirations of becoming an orthopedic and pediatric surgeon because of an injury she sustained.
“I tore my ACL when I was in the fifth grade and I thought what they did was just the coolest thing,” Allgood said.
Allgood’s extracurricular activities at Port Isabel High School included National Honor Society, Student Council, Laguna Madre Junior Leadership, and three years on varsity basketball.
Allgood said she will miss the small town feel of Port Isabel, but is excited for her college experience at Texas A&M.
“I walked on campus and said to myself, ‘this is my new home,’” Allgood said.