A recent Dallas Independent School (Dallas ISD) graduate Caleb Myers, was selected by the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) to receive the 2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship. Myers was one of four students chosen from several hundred applicants in big-city school districts across the nation for academic performance, leadership qualities and community involvement. He is a graduate of the No. 3 school in Texas, the School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, as noted by U.S. News & World Report.
The scholarship, now in its eighth year, was created by former NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., the first African-American to walk in space, and ExxonMobil to encourage and assist promising students of diverse backgrounds who plan to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies after high school.
The awards are given annually to African-American and Hispanic seniors from high schools in the 68 urban school districts represented by Council.
“We are indeed proud of the winners in this highly competitive national scholarship program,” said Council Executive Director Michael Casserly. “These young men and women may become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow thanks to the support of ExxonMobil and the encouragement of Dr. Harris.”
Each scholar will receive $5,000 for continued education in a STEM-related field. This year’s award recipients are:
- Paul Davis, who attended Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, Mo.
- Diana Moreno, who attended Maxine L. Silva Health Magnet High School in El Paso
- Caleb Myers, who attended the School of Science and Engineering in Dallas
- Robin Ryce, who attended Renaissance High School in Detroit, Mich.
“I am consistently amazed and inspired by these students and their eagerness to succeed,” said Dr. Harris, also a physician and president/founder of The Harris Foundation. “Each of them will be such an asset to the universities they attend and as future innovators in our workforce. It’s an honor to help support them in their endeavors.”
In the fall, Myers plans to study chemical/biomedical engineering at Prairie View A&M University.