March's CITGO Distinguished Scholar: Nia Burch

CITGO Distinguished Scholars
The 2019/20 Distinguished Scholars Program was created to assist students planning to continue their education at a two-or four-year university. Forty scholarships of $5,000 each were awarded to select class of 2020 graduates from the Alief, Houston and Spring Branch Independent School Districts (ISD). These Distinguished Scholars both in academics and one of these categories: Beating the Odds, Career & Technical Education, Communications, Performing & Fine Arts, S.T.E.M., Service & Leadership, Spirit & Student Athletics.

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Meet the CITGO Distinguished Scholar for March, Nia!

NAME: Nia Burch
HIGH SCHOOL: South Early College High School
GRADE: Senior

ACHIEVEMENTS: Nia is a member of the National Honor Society, Debate Team and Yearbook Committee. While she started her high school career as a shy student, she soon found her voice by joining various clubs and organizations. She honed her communication skills through extracurricular activities and began to shine at public speaking. She has participated in promotional videos for her school and HCC. She was selected to speak at the HISD Public Education Matters dinner. Nia is among the top three students of her class and she is a two-time American Week Essay winner.

GOALS: Nia plans to attend Stanford University to study public policy. Her goal is to work with government initiatives that help to serve communities in poverty.


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2020 Applications

CITGO Distinguished Scholars Program 2020
The 2020 CITGO Distinguished Scholars program will be accepting applications from students in the class of 2021 in the Alief, Spring Branch and Houston Independent School Districts starting in February 2020. 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
Performing and Fine Arts
Service and Leadership
STEM Education
Student Athlete

The scholarship application open in March and the winners will be notified in May of 2020.


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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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