Meet the 2023 CITGO Distinguished Scholars

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CITGO Distinguished Scholars

The 2022/23 Distinguished Scholars Program was created to assist students planning to continue their education at a two-or four-year university. Forty scholarships were awarded to select class of 2023 graduates from the Alief, Houston, and Spring Branch Independent School Districts (ISD). These Distinguished Scholars are being recognized not only for their academics but also for their excellence in one of the following categories: Beating the Odds, Career & Technical Education, Communications, Performing & Fine Arts, S.T.E.M., Service & Leadership, Spirit, or Student Athletics.


NAME: Ellen Baik

HIGH SCHOOL: Memorial High School

GRADE: Senior

ACHIEVEMENTS: Ellen is a star student who is an active member of Mu Alpha Theta, Health Occupations Students of America and the School Buzz Magazine. She is Founder and CEO of Ellavatedco, a small business that crafts acrylic signs and custom canvases, with a portion of all profits going to charity. Ellen has a passion for helping others. This passion led her to create Super Friends, an inclusion program for students with and without disabilities to connect and promote inclusion.

GOALS: Ellen plans to study Neuroscience in college. Her goal is to become a pediatric neurosurgeon and eventually build her own hospital.

NAME: Kiana Haynes

HIGH SCHOOL: Carnegie Vanguard High School

GRADE: Senior

ACHIEVEMENTS: Kiana is a member of National Honor Society, Creativity for Change, Yearbook, Big Brother/Big Sister and several more organizations. She is the President of National Youth Achievers and Recording Secretary of Top Teens Of America. Kiana has a passion for leadership and service and has been recognized countless times for her initiative, academics and willingness help her peers and community.

GOALS: Kiana hopes to major in Business or Healthcare Administration. Her goal is to attend Law School after graduating from a 4 year university.

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CITGO believes in being an active member in the communities where we operate. In fact, our commitment to making a positive impact has always been a hallmark of CITGO operations. For more than 100 years, we have demonstrated this commitment through our established social and development programs, just like the Distinguished Scholars initiative.