2022-2023 OK2BX Scholarship Recipients

Kristi Lee attends Booker T. Washington HSPVA and will be attending the University of Texas at Austin in the fall pursuing a medical degree with a long-term goal of becoming a neurosurgeon doing research in neurodegenerative diseases. As a teacher described her, Kristi is “one of those rare students with true EQ. She’s not just bright, she’s funny, she’s kind, she has an innate sense of social justice, and she has one of those interpersonal “sixth senses” that puts her fellow students at ease.  When it came to partner or group assignments, the other students sought her out because they knew she’d be fun to work with, help the stragglers, make sure the work got done, and ensure that everybody in the group felt good about it. She doesn’t have a selfish bone in her body…I’m confident she will make a measurable mark on the world, maximizing any investment you elect to make in her future.”

Breanna Ross graduated from the School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center in Dallas and will be attending the University of North Texas in the fall seeking a degree in Ecology for Environmental Science. In her own words, Breanna is “someone who people trust and know they can always count on for support. By checking in and letting people know that I’m there for them, even strangers will often come up to me seeking support or advice… Because of these efforts, more people feel safe and welcome to unapologetically be themselves in life. Additionally, through the implementation of a “Mental Health Guide,” which allows students to anonymously submit writing or artwork relating to mental health, LGTBQ+, POC, or neurodivergent experiences for other students to anonymously view, I’ve been able to show students that they are never alone in their struggles, which has helped students feel freer to be themselves on campus.”