Meet Jaylenn in the Arts Category & Danny in the Beating the Odds Category

CITGO Distinguished Scholars

The 2020/21 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 2021 graduates from the Alief, Houston, and Spring Branch Independent School Districts (ISD). These Distinguished Scholars are being recognized not only for the 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.

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Meet Jaylenn, one of your CITGO distinguished Scholars for the month of May!

NAME: Jaylenn Holmes
GRADE: Senior

ACHIEVEMENTS: Jaylenn is a talented violinist in the advanced band Los Pasajeros at HSPVA. With this mariachi band she has won Superior Division 1 rating at UIL State Mariachi Festival which was a first for any Houston high school mariachi band. She was also the recipient of The Dawley Summer Arts Workshop Scholarship for Instrumental Music.

GOALS: Jaylenn plans to receive her Bachelor's in Biology from the University of Texas, Austin. Her dream is to open clinics in Latino communities in South Texas that will offer medical help and counseling to families who are dealing with being separated
from loved ones.

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Meet Danny, one of your CITGO Distinguished Scholars for the month of May

NAME: Danny Le
HIGH SCHOOL: Kerr High School
GRADE: Senior

ACHIEVEMENTS: Danny is an excellent student and has maintained high marks in all of his classes, despite several challenging circumstances outside of school. Danny never let his ambitions fall. He is a member National Honor Society, an officer in Orchestra. He even finds time to volunteer in his community and today he lives in a home with his family.

GOALS: Danny plan to pursue a career in the medical industry. His choices for college include Rice University, John Hopkins University an the University of Texas at Austin.


Browse the student profiles by selecting a category below.

2021 Applications

CITGO Distinguished Scholars Program 2021
The 2021 CITGO Distinguished Scholars Program will be accepting applications from students in the class of 2021/22 in the Alief, Spring Branch, and Houston Independent School Districts starting in February 2021. Students can apply in each of the following categories to receive a scholarship to a two or four-year school.
- Beating the Odds
- Career and Technical
- Communications
- Performing and Fine Arts
- Service and Leadership
- Spirit
- STEM Education
- Student-Athlete

If you are interested in applying for the 2021 Program, follow these steps:

- Visit the website -

- Click on the "Apply for a Scholarship" section and click on Individual Applications. Then click on the "Apply Now" button.

- You must create a login. Once you create a log-in, click on the word Apply in the top left corner.

- Scroll until you find the CITGO Distinguished Scholars Program application for your district (Alief, Houston, Spring Branch) and click the blue Apply button to begin your application.

- You will be asked to upload a copy of your transcript and PSAT/SAT or ACT scores with your application.

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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.
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