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BECHS NEWS                                                                   

BECHS Commencement Ceremony

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Michelle Perez received the NINOS, Inc. Scholarship for $1200.00

For the third year in a row, BECHS has a Gates Millennium Scholar – Jorge Rocha

Spanish Honor Society Induction 2014


Michelle Perez, Katherine Lara, Osvin Gonzalez and Blanca Estrada have been selected as Dell Scholars and each will receive a $20,000 scholarship on behalf of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

Erick Hernandez and Roselly Hernandez were chosen as an Academic All-Star for BECHS.

Each year, The Brownsville Herald honors two Academic All-Stars from each of the 12 area high schools--graduating seniors who exemplify dedication to academic achievement as well as community involvement.


For Immediate Release

UTB One of Five Texas Institutions to Receive Early College High School Scholarship Funds

The first students who received the scholarships from the Greater Texas Foundation will be graduating this May

  • Ms. Ana Saldana (Major: Government)
  • Ms. Sonia Figueredo (Major: Sociology) 
  • Ms. Melissa Millan (Major: English) 
  • Ms. Maria Cisneros (Major: Business Administration-Marketing)
  • Ms. Sergio Vasquez (Major: Criminal Justice) 
  • Mr. Eduardo Zavala (Major: Government)


BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 – The University of Texas at Brownsville formally received $605,000 from the Greater Texas Foundation to provide scholarships to help Early College High School students graduate with a four-year degree.

The money from the GTF Scholars: Early College High School Transfer Scholarship and Retention Program will help at least 700 Early College High School students statewide beginning in fall 2012 and will last six years. The announcement was made on Thursday, Sept. 29 during a ceremony in the Education and Business Complex’s School of Business Courtyard.

“We make investments,” said Dr. Wynn Rosser, Executive Director of the Greater Texas Foundation. “We expect the return to be from the individuals and in this case the university and region.”

There are more than 40 Early College High Schools in Texas, including the Brownsville, Harlingen, Hidalgo, Mercedes, McAllen, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, Progreso and Valley View school districts. Students selected to attend the schools can earn high school diplomas and up to 60 university semester credit hours when they graduate.

“You have convinced yourself, and you have convinced us that you anticipate and your expectations are to be much more what most of us ended up doing in our careers,” said Dr. Juliet V. García, President of UTB.

The Brownsville Early College High School is a partnership between UTB and the Brownsville Consolidated Independent School District.

“I know you are giving these kids their dream,” said Dawn Hall, Brownsville Early College High School Principal.

One of the students who could benefit from the financial help is Jose Araujo, 17, of Brownsville and a senior at the Brownsville Early College High School.

Araujo is a first-generation university student. He wants to study criminal justice and work for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“We are getting money to continue our education,” said Araujo. “It’s a great opportunity. I got what I wanted right on time.”

One of Araujo’s classmates, 17-year-old Eduardo Zavala of Brownsville, received some of the first financial help from the initiative. Rosser awarded Zavala a $1,000 scholarship that can be used for any four-year institution he attends in Texas.

“That was not expected,” said Zavala. “I’m very thankful for the people that are here today.”

UTB is one of five Texas institutions that received a share of $3.32 million in scholarship funds for six years beginning in fall 2012 from the Bryan-based statewide education grant-making foundation. It is the state’s first scholarship program designed specifically for the growing number of early college high school graduates in Texas. The other institutions that are part of the program are The University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M University in College Station, the University of Houston and the University of North Texas in Denton.





Brownsville Bike Rodeo

This past weekend, February 27th- March 1st, the Brownsville Early College High School’ Robotics Team, 2833 the Robo-Scorpions, competed at the Alamo-FIRST Robotics Competition and won the Judges’ Award. The Judge’s Award states that “during the course of the competition, the judging panel may decide a team’s unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition.” (

Evelyn Perales - 1st Place Winner

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Rio Grande Valley Tournament Champions 2014

BECHS @ The Bike Walk Rodeo

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BECHS Senior Earns Gold
Blanca Estrada, a senior at the Brownsville Early College High School, received a gold award from The Hispanic Heritage Foundation. She was one of the 15 award recipients at the Houston Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards ceremony this fall. As the gold medalist in the engineering and mathematics category sponsored by ExxonMobil, Blanca was awarded $3,000 to support her plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.







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We are proud to be recognized by Excelencia in Education and included in its 2013 edition of “What Works for Latino Student Success in Higher Education.” By sharing our experiences with what works for Latino students, we hope to inspire other schools to increase Latino student success. Excelecia is the only national initiative to systematically identify and honor institution-based programs that demonstrate with evidence that they effective boost Latino enrollment, performance and gradation in higher education.

For 2013, 165 programs were nominated from 22 states. One was selected at each level and 22 programs were recognized as national finalists (including our program here at the Brownsville Early College High School). BECHS is proud to be a national Excelencia in Education finalist's!

BECHS supporting the "3rd Annual Bi-National Beach Clean-up"

BECHS Spanish Club supports "Breast Cancer Awareness" in the month of October

BECHS Spanish Club supports "Breast Cancer Awareness" in the month of October





Texas Education Agency has recognized the Brownsville Early College High School for achieving Triple Distinction list.

➤Top 25 percent student progress,

➤Academic achievement in reading and English language arts, and

➤Academic achievement in mathematics.