Photo courtesy State Fair of Texas

Sixteen students at Woodrow Wilson High School received scholarships from the State Fair of Texas.

The Juanita Craft scholarships are $6,000 each, meaning nearly $100,000 went to Woodrow students.

These are part of the Big Tex Scholarship Program, which was established in 1992 and has awarded $16.1 million in scholarships to more than 3,000 students since its creation.

The Juanita Craft scholarship is named for South Dallas resident and civil rights activists Juanita Craft and is given to students from six Dallas ISD high schools near Fair Park: Woodrow, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Madison, Lincoln and North Dallas. This year, 77 Juanita Craft scholarships were awarded, along with 119 Youth Livestock scholarships, two Seasonal Employee scholarships, a Benny Clark Memorial scholarship, a Clarice Tinsley Journalism scholarship, a Peggy Sloan Memorial scholarship and a Terry Griffin Memorial scholarship.

A’Nyah Peters was one Woodrow student who received the scholarship.

“With the help of the Big Tex Scholarship Program, I am a step closer to pursuing my life goals and furthering my education to bigger and better places,” Peters says. “I plan on attending a four-year university, something that many of my family members did not accomplish. I will be majoring in nursing, in hopes of becoming a NICU nurse in the future.”

The Woodrow students who won the scholarship are:

  • Addison Leonard
  • Alonzo Cortez
  • A’Nyah Peters
  • Benjamin Winslow
  • Carter Vu
  • Chloe Serna
  • Emily Hebert
  • Faith Frieling
  • Juan Bermudez-Saenz
  • Juan Martinez
  • Lauren Castillo-Rodriguez
  • Luisa Sukkar
  • Melat Assefa
  • Michael Rodriguez
  • Natalia Ybarra
  • Willam Barnett