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PSJA ISD senior named Forty Acres Scholarship recipient

PSJA ISD senior named Forty Acres Scholarship recipient

PHARR - Daija Esparza, a PSJA North Early College High School Senior, is one of only two students in the Rio Grande Valley awarded the 2020 Forty Acres Scholarship.   


The Forty Acres Scholars Program inspires and nurtures visionary leaders and helps them use their talents to benefit society. Scholars demonstrate intellectual curiosity and a track record of outstanding academic success. Most importantly, they have the passion and a desire to live out the core values of The University of Texas at Austin.   


While attending PSJA North ECHS, Esparza served as the Senior Class Vice President, National Honor Society President, and Rio Grande Valley Lead Ambassador. She was a National AP Scholar, has earned her FFA Chapter Degree, and was a four-year Dean’s List Member.  


In addition, she was also awarded the 2020 Gates and Dell Scholarships. She is also a graduate of South Texas College, she received her Associate Degree in Mathematics.


Congratulations to Daija for this tremendous accomplishment,” said Superintendent Dr. Jorge Arredondo. “We are proud of her for representing our PSJA Family so highly. This is only the beginning of a successful future for her.”