Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Field Scovell Scholarship Awards: Seagoville senior likes a lot of tests
AT&T Award winner challenges himself to get most out of school
Eric Bustos doesn’t just meet challenges when he faces them, he seeks them out.
Whether the Seagoville senior, a recipient of the AT&T Award of the Field and Mary Scovell Scholarship Foundation, is enrolling in the toughest courses or trying to climb to the top of his graduating class, he’s always attempting to move up.
“He’s really pushing, wants to get a good education, just fighting as much as he can to get as far as he can,” said John DeBaun, his English teacher.
Many would consider Bustos’ upbringing a challenge — two parents supporting six kids on the salary of a landscaper. But he doesn’t quite see it that way. He grew up under the watch of two parents who demanded education, and a few years behind an older sister, now in law school, who emphasized the point.
As a kid, he asked for science kits, all the time trying to figure out the nuances of the world around him. His work ethic really kicked in his last two years of high school.
Bustos is president of the National Honor Society and ranked No. 2 in his class. He volunteered regularly at Parkland. He played soccer and ran cross country, elected captain for both.
He was the one who led drills, the one who spent time trying to discover what made his teammates tick.
“Just trying to find ways to motivate the team to do the best,” he said.
Bustos plans to attend the University of Texas. He wants to become a doctor. He’ll challenge himself again and again, seeking ways to fulfill his goal of helping others.
E.E. Buddy Fogelson Award
School: Abilene Christian
Notable: Studying for a degree in accounting. Richardson has a 4.0 and serves as a teacher’s assistant. A graduate of Celina, she volunteers with the College Heights Friendship House After-School Program.
Catfish Montgomery Scholarship
School: Texas A&M
Notable: Studies sports management with a 3.0 GPA. A graduate of South Garland, Rapp helps with the College Station Hospice Program and is an intern for the Texas A&M women’s basketball program.
Mary Dupree Scovell Scholarship
School: University of Texas
Notable: Studies business-finance and has a 3.92 GPA. Patterson is the vice president of an organization that aims to raise money for starving children. A Plano West graduate, she’s a member of the UT Basketball Band and the Freshman Business Association.
Hunt Consolidated, Inc. Scholarship
School: LSU Age: 21
Notable: Studies business management with a 3.96 GPA. A Coppell graduate, he is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and has volunteered at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and with Habitat for Humanity.
Ben E. Keith Company Scholarship
School: University of Texas
Notable: Studies advertising with a 3.9 GPA. Was named to the UT Dean’s list in the fall and is a member of two freshman honor societies and Alpha Omega Chi sorority. The Colleyville Heritage graduate has assisted with the Special Olympics.
HIGH SCHOOL RECIPIENTS
Notable: Was team captain for the soccer and cross country teams. Bustos is a senior class officer and president of the National Honor Society. He ranks No. 2 in his class of 242 students and plans to attend the University of Texas.
Jack B. Prince Scholarship
School: Hillcrest Age: 17
Notable: Was captain of the soccer and cross country teams and a four-year cheerleader. She is a National Honor Society officer and plans to attend Texas Tech.
Cotton Bowl Athletic Assoc. Scholarship
Notable: Lettered in football and was the section leader in choir as well as a member of the jazz ensemble. Johnson was named second-team academic all-state for football. He plans to attend Texas A&M-Commerce.
Texas Tech Scholarship
School: Red Oak
Notable: Lettered in football and power lifting and competed in track and field. Made first-team academic all-state for football. Pape has perfect attendance for all four years of high school and plans to attend Texas Tech.
Dan S. Petty Scholarship
Notable: Played volleyball and basketball and was a member of the band. Ranked No. 3 in her class of 382, Bradley is the senior class president and was named Homecoming Sweetheart. She plans to attend Texas.
OTHER HIGH SCHOOL RECIPIENTS
School: FW Dunbar
Notable: Played basketball and cross country. Cleveland served with the Eastside Boys and Girls Club and the “Comin Up” Gang Intervention Program. He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma.
School: Pilot Point
Notable: Was captain of the basketball team and a member of the tennis team. Headed to the University of North Texas, Hardin was involved with student council, Future Farmers of America, FCA and the Beta Club.
Notable: Played football, basketball and baseball. Jones, ranked No. 12 in a class of 471, was voted homecoming king and is a National Honor Society class officer. He plans to attend the University of Houston.
School: Cedar Hill
Notable: Was captain of the cross country team and a senior drum major. Ranked eighth in a class of 574, she participated in FCA and the Texas Lone Star Ambassadors of Music European Tour. Riser plans to attend Texas.
Notable: Captain of the basketball team and competed in golf, tennis and cross country. Ranked No. 1 in her class, she is president of the student council and was named physics student of the year in 2010. Plans to attend Texas A&M.