On Monday, May 16, Andrew and Heather Santiago attended a ceremony at Keller High School to present the awards to the first recipients of the Jordan Santiago iCARE Foundation Memorial Scholarship: Charvi Katikala and Brent Bertaux. They also had the opportunity to spend time with the awardees on Friday 13th to learn more about their aspirations and to share Jordan`s legacy.
About the Keller High Memorial Scholarship:
Jordan Santiago iCare Foundation has established a scholarship with Keller High School for Senior graduates. It was created to honor Jordan, who graduated from the same High School in 2013, where he served on the student council and was co-captain of the Varsity Tennis team. The scholarship is awarded annually, and the recipient can use the $500 scholarship towards any college. In its first year, we were able to award two graduates.
About Charvi Katikala:
Charvi is attending The University of Texas at Dallas. Her major is pre-med, and she wants to become a doctor. She has a long list of volunteer and leadership activities serving her community, including mentoring, and tutoring her peers. According to the school counselor, Charvi is very gifted both intellectually and on a personal level. As a future medical professional, Charvi hopes to open healthcare shelters and clinics in impoverished areas and serve her community by providing access to healthcare.
About Brent Bertaux:
Brent will be attending Oklahoma State University, starting in Fall 2022. He will be minoring in Computer Science and majoring in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Besides many outstanding leadership roles and volunteer activities in his curriculum, Brent is involved in serving the special needs communities. In his essay, he expressed the desire to utilize his software engineering skills to create web applications that can assist special needs individuals.
“We were very impressed with both candidates. We love the fact that they volunteered, have high educational goals, and a passion to impact others by giving back to the community.”Andrew Santiago