Over $40,000 in scholarships to be awarded at Zavala’s annual banquet

Over $40,000 in scholarships to be awarded at Zavala’s annual banquet

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Dozens of students are expected to get financial help to pay for college Saturday night at the 14th Annual Zavala leadership banquet.

This is an event where over $40,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

Monse Benitez, a senior at Wichita Falls High School is one out of 35 students who are getting a scholarship Saturday night.

“They’re really helpful,” said Benitez. “Even as little as $500, anything helps because its for your books, fee’s that you have to pay.”

Benitez got accepted into Midwestern State University in October, so that’s where her scholarship will go.

Her plan is to major in mass communications and minor in Spanish to become an instructor and a translator for the Hispanic community of Wichita Falls.

The committee chair for the banquet, Lisa Woodruff said this year's scholarships range from $500 to $4,000.

"It's going to be really big. We almost doubled this year than we did last year," said Woodruff.

Woodruff said they sold out on tickets so a full house is expected.

"We want to encourage all kids, no matter what color, to go to college," said Woodruff.

The dinner will recognize leaders in the community that encourage and push for higher education. Zavala will also announce the 2018 “Hispanic person of the year” and “Volunteer person of the year.”

The banquet kicks off at 6 p.m. at the MPEC and our morning anchor Jake Garcia will be the emcee.

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