The College Board’s Opportunity Scholarships are creating a clearer path to college for all students.


Eight Aldine ISD, high school seniors, turned their efforts into scholarships. The winning students made between $500 and $2,000 each, totaling $6,500 in scholarship money.

A Clearer Path to College for All Students

Applying to college is a complicated process, so the College Board created the Opportunity Scholarships and Recognition program that guides high school students through it. This scholarship program is open to all students, and it doesn’t require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards students’ effort and initiative. By completing key steps along their path to college gives them a chance to earn scholarships.

The College Board launched the new scholarship program with $5 million of scholarships each year, beginning with the class of 2020.

“What is great about the program is that it doesn’t award scholarships based on grades or class rank. It focuses on what the students do on their way to getting ready for college,” Dr. Susan Pelezo, executive director of advanced academics, said. “They earn scholarship opportunities by building a college list, practicing for the SAT, improving SAT scores, strengthening their college list, completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and applying to colleges.”

Pelezo added that her office will be working with the high schools to get more students to take advantage of the opportunity.

The Scholarships

The more effort you put in, the more opportunities you have to earn a scholarship. Complete all six, and you’re eligible to win $40,000. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action.

Aldine ISD Scholarship Winners

Blanson CTE High School

Jilson Gutiérrez, Strengthen Your College List: $500

Davis High School

Kendy Caballero, Build Your College List: $500
Cindy Nguyen, Complete the FAFSA: $1,000
Kenneth Walker, Improve Your Score: $2,000

Eisenhower High School

Chelsea Paredes, Build Your College List: $500

MacArthur High School

Zoe Delgado, Build Your College List: $500
Micahlyn Hill, Build Your College List: $500

Nimitz High School

Precious Sulzle, Complete the FAFSA: $1,000

Total Earned by AISD Students: $6,500

Class of 2021 students can start applying in December. For more information, contact Susan Pelezo at (281) 985-7315.