2020 Crossroad Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 My Community Crossroads Scholarship Winners!

Every year, My Community awards $2500 scholarships to deserving members who have demonstrated academic achievement and desire to pursue higher education. It is our honor to help our members achieve their education goals.

Awards were based on academic achievement, writing assessments, recommendations, and transcripts, as well as the student’s potential, character, leadership and financial need. 

Angelita Balderas

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Angelita is a first generation American, born and raised in Midland, Tx. In 2018 I graduated from Midland College with an associate in science. Currently, I am attending Texas Tech health science center in Odessa, Tx to pursue my dream as a health care worker. By December of 2020 I will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. With a wide range of specialties in the medical field my heart is set on NICU, but I am also interested in extending my education for a master’s degree to become a forensics nurse in the future. Being a first generation American and college student has had its hardships but with all the support my family has given me I would not be where I am today. I cannot wait to start my journey as a nurse to help care for others within our community."

McKenzey Jackson

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McKenzey will be starting her senior year at Texas Tech University in Fall 2020. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Japanese. Thus far, McKenzey has lead an active and fulfilling life on campus acting as Vice President of Administration and Finance for University Student Housing Complex Council, Senator for the Residence Halls Association, working as a Sustainability Student Assistant, and also acting as a member of various academic organizations such as Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, and National Society for Collegiate Scholars. She also enjoys attending Genki club meetings (Japanese club), to learn more about a culture different from her own. McKenzey’s favorite campus tradition is Arbor day, where the school hosts a day of planting flowers and trees across campus! After her expected graduation in 2021, Mckenzey has plans to apply to the JET program, which will allow her to go overseas to Japan and teach English.

Enrique Mangan

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Enrique is currently attending Midland College through the Early College High School program and has lived in Midland for 6 years. Throughout his high school career, he have been a member of the COM Select Swim Team and has been a part of the Early College High School Spanish Club.  Both of his parents are chemical engineers and his mother is an immigrant from Colombia with a degree from Universidad Nacional de Bogotá. He have been accepted to the accelerated medical school pathway with UNT and Midland College. The program is 7 years long with 3 years as an undergraduate and 4 years at the University of North Texas Medical School. After medical school he hopes to enter a residency in Diagnostic Radiology and work in a cancer treatment center in Houston. After obtaining some experience in the field, he hopes to eventually open his own clinic.  

Carri Mims

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Carri is the daughter of Scott & Caren Mims and a 2017 graduate of Midland High School. While at Midland High she was a 4-year member of the Bulldog Band as a drumline member and a spirit officer. She was also on the Midland High girls’ basketball team for four years. Outside of school she has volunteered at the Lone Star SPCA and volunteered as a referee in the Upward Basketball program for two years. She has been an active member of the Fairmont Park Church of Christ youth group where she participated in the Leadership Training for Christ program for eight years as well as their summer youth work camp where she helped repair the homes of elderly Midland residents. As her hobby, Carri has started a small photography business where she has been taking pictures for families and seniors. Carri is currently a junior at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin where she is majoring in Biology with plans of becoming a dermatologist. She is the secretary of the Theta Eta Sorority, and the Historian for the Biology Club at UTPB. Carri is also a Resident Assistant for the apartments at UTPB where she develops a sense of community among residents of her apartment building, and active participants in the residence life system. She also has been working part-time at TJ Maxx in Midland for 3 ½ years and is currently a front-end coordinator.  

Kirsten Munson

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Kirsten is a rising senior at Austin College from Allen, Texas. She is double majoring in Communication and Psychology. At Austin College, Kirsten is involved in Campus Activities Board serving as their Vice President of Administration. She is also involved in her sorority, Sigma Phi Chi, serving as their secretary for the past two years. Kirsten is a member of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students. In her free time, Kirsten enjoys giving back to the Sherman community through various volunteer opportunities. After undergrad, she hopes to obtain a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational

Arwen Weaks

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Arwen is a senior at New Tech Odessa High School. She has put much effort into her academic endeavors, ending the year with a 5.416 GPA, ranking in the top ten, a 1370 SAT, and 53 college credits through Odessa College. In addition, she was a member of New Tech’s National Honor Society, Writing Center Tutors, and Gay Straight Alliance club. The daughter of Dawn and Joe Weaks also dedicates much of her time to what she loves most: her extracurriculars at Permian High school. Arwen has been a hurdler on the Permian Varsity Track team all four years as a District points-earner and a regional qualifier. She has also been concertmaster and soloist of Satin Strings and Permian Symphony Orchestra for three years, and proudly serves as the Morale Officer for the Permian Orchestra. She credits her fellow orchestra members and track teammates for inspiring much of her success and providing wonderful friendships. Arwen has placed in the All-Region Symphony Orchestra and earned a 1st Division Violin Solo rating all four of her years, as well as earned a 1st Division rating at Texas State UIL Solo & Ensemble Competition in 2018 and 2019, and recently qualified for state again in pursuit of her third. Outside of her UIL activities, Arwen loves participating in Connection Christian Church’s youth group and volunteering at organizations such as Meals on Wheels. Arwen’s experiences have inspired her to pursue a degree in Exercise Science at University of Texas at Austin. From there, she will go on to graduate school to obtain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.