Collectively, high school seniors graduating from the Comal Independent School District for 2019 have been offered $33.97 million in scholarships.
The 1,492 graduating seniors are part of the 575 graduates from Canyon High, 204 graduates from Canyon Lake High, 76 graduates from Early Memorial College High and 637 graduates from Smithson Valley High.
The breakdown of the scholarships among the high schools includes $15.62 million at CHS, $3.45 million at CLHS, $1.9 million at MECHS and $13 million at SVHS. While the $33.97 million includes local, state, private and national scholarships, a few are noteworthy, and a few are unconventional.
For example, three CLHS students received Army ROTC scholarships and one CLHS student received a scholarship for chess. Jeremy Ammon will attend Texas Tech University and study petroleum engineering; and a $1,500-a-year chess scholarship will help him pay for his degree.
CLHS seniors Caleb Almond, Henry Stokes and Chandler Hunt will attend college with the help of Army ROTC scholarships. Almond will attend Southern Methodist University, studying biomedical engineering, and his four-year scholarship is considered a full-ride, paying tuition, room and board, and books and fees. Stokes will attend Baylor University, studying biochemistry, and his three-year scholarship will pay his tuition; and Hunt will attend Valley Forge Military Academy with a two-year scholarship, and he plans to study criminal justice.
A total of 21 seniors from MECHS accepted full scholarships to universities, that is almost half of the graduating class. Joshua Lux received the Presidential Scholarship from Texas Lutheran University totaling $120,000, and Martina Spangrud received the Emerald Eagle Scholarship from the University of North Texas totaling $102,720. Lux plans to study psychology, and Spangrud plans to study education.
SVHS students received their share of ROTC scholarships as well. Representing the U.S. Navy, Jackson Richmond will attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; representing the U.S. Air Force, Kendall Toste will attend the University of Oklahoma, Ryan Begley will attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Brodie Freijy will attend Texas A&M University and Niles Nelson will attend Angelo State University; representing the U.S. Army, Grant Pattison will attend Texas State University.
In addition, SVHS Senior Preston Jones received a full scholarship in baseball to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas; Madalynn Mann received an air rifle scholarship to Schreiner University; Summer Knudsen received a Chick-fil-a Remarkable Future Scholarship and will attend Brigham Young University; and Jonathan Foster received a jazz scholarship to Texas Tech University.
From CHS, Aliyah Pritchett received an athletic scholarship of $240,000 to Baylor University and will study journalism; Noah Van Beveran received a Terry Scholarship along with several local scholarships totaling $175,000 and will attend Texas A&M Glaveston to study marine transportation; and Alysha Knudstrup received a $4,000 Generation Gap Bowling scholarship to West Texas A&M University and plans to study computer science.
Additionally, the valedictorians of Comal ISD high school campuses receive the Texas Highest Ranking High School Graduate Tuition Exemption sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. This award covers tuition during both semesters of the student’s first year of college immediately following high school graduation if the student attends a Texas public university. Private universities often offer a Valedictorian and Salutatorian scholarship as well.
- The Canyon Lake High School class of 2019 was offered $3.45 million in scholarships. Among those receiving scholarships are picture from left, Caleb Almond, Henry Stokes and Jeremy Ammon.
- Smithson Valley High School Graduate Madalynn Mann received an air rifle scholarship to Schreiner University. Seated left to right are Steve, Madalynn and Shiloh Mann; standing is SVHS Coach Lance Little.