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Bastrop County Democrats award $2,000 in scholarships

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    The Bastrop County Democratic Party recently awarded $500 scholarships to four Bastrop County high school students. The winners (left to right) are Amanda Branecky, Bastrop High School; Janayja Jones, Elgin High School; Isabel Jaimes, Smithville High School; and Maritza Gutierrez- Fuentes, Colorado River Collegiate Academy.

The Bastrop County Democratic Party (BCDP) has awarded the 2019 Molly Ivins Civic Scholarship to four recent graduates of Bastrop County high schools. Each student received a $500 scholarship.

The winners are Amanda Branecky, Bastrop High School; Janayja Jones, Elgin High School; Isabel Jaimes, Smithville High School; and Maritza Gutierrez-Fuentes, Colorado River Collegiate Academy.

Branecky was student class president and plans to attend the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Jones, a student class officer, plans to attend Sam Houston State University. Jaimes was vice president of the Smithville robotics team and plans to attend St. Edward’s University. Gutierrez-Fuentes was student council president and plans to attend Texas State University.

The Bastrop County Democratic Party Scholarship Committee selected the winners from 16 student applications countywide. To determine the winners, the committee used several criteria, including an essay on “Which president (past or present) do you admire the most?”

The Molly Ivins scholarship, named for one of Texas’ best known journalists, is awarded annually to high school seniors who live in Bastrop County. Ivins, who died in 2007, was a nationally known author, political commentator and columnist who often used biting humor in her writing.

Donations to the Molly Ivins Civic Scholarship program are always welcome. Checks should be made to the Bastrop County Democratic Party, and sent to P.O. Box 388, Bastrop, TX 78602. Please specify that the funds go to the scholarship program.