April 07, 2014

Shocking Scholarship: Kingwood HS Senior Surprised with $5,000

Students choose their major in college based on a variety of reasons. Some choose what interests them the most, others choose what’s easiest, and a few forward-thinkers might even choose based on opportunity the degree provides. But what about pursuing a profession to help people like your dad?

That’s exactly what Kallie Velasco did.

Velasco is a Kingwood High School senior who made the decision to become a nurse after her father was diagnosed with cancer. She wanted to become someone who helped others in need. And Randall Reed from Planet Ford in Humble was there to encourage her every step of the way.

On April 4th, Velasco and her parents were called up to the school where she was surprised by Reed and the team from Planet Ford who presented her a $5,000 scholarship toward her education at Texas State University.

“This is amazing; I was not expecting this at all,” said Velasco after being presented the check.

This is Reed’s first year granting scholarships to deserving students in Humble Independent School District. Forty-seven students applied for the scholarship with Reed pouring through every essay to choose the most compassionate, most driven student to receive the scholarship.

In addition to the initial scholarship, Reed sweetened the deal by telling Velasco as long as she maintains a 3.7 GPA, they will give her $5,000 for all four years of college.

“This will help us tremendously,” Kathy Velasco, Kallie’s mom, said. “We had no clue why we were asked to come to the school. We are so proud of Kallie. This scholarship is huge especially with everything going on and the medical bills. I feel such a sense of relief.”