NewSpring Scholarships

The goal of the NewSpring Scholarship program is not only to enable students to attend college but more importantly to graduate. We are focused on providing encouragement and opportunity for deserving students who will be the first in their family to attend college. Selected students will receive up to $5000 to cover education and living expenses for a twelve-month period. We have been blessed with very generous donors who make our scholarships possible.

If you are interested in applying, please contact our office in February of any year at or 713-590-0100.

The 2022 scholarship application is now available.
Applications are due by Thursday, April 14th at 5:00 p.m.

Alicia Villalta Mendez

Alicia graduated from Northbrook Senior High School in 2018. She is a senior at Texas A&M University – Kingsville, majoring in Social Work.
I believe my Social Work career will help me work in partnership with people, helping all to make empowered decisions over their lives. I would be able to advocate for communities or organizations and make sure policies include minorities that need the support. This last year of college I will be entering an internship where I will be gaining skills as an undergraduate social worker, and this experience will help me when I join the workforce as a professional. After my senior year ends and I graduate with my bachelor’s degree, I wish to pursue my master’s degree in Social Work. Although I know it will be a lot of hard work, I feel confident starting that new chapter in my life.

Daniela Cruz

Daniela graduated from Northbrook Senior High School in 2018. Daniela is entering her fourth year in college at the University of Houston-Downtown, majoring in Elementary Education with Interdisciplinary Studies – Bilingual (EC-6th grade)
With a rising demand for teachers, there’s no doubt that I chose the right path because I’m willing to make a difference. Lessons about patience are all around me; in the retail job I had during the pandemic, in reflections on a college course, Education Young Children, and in my life. I had put immense pressure on myself to go to college and to graduate in the specified timeframe. I have now realized that the track I am on is personal to me…and that I am succeeding and learning all along the way as I work, volunteer and make it to 8am classes. My journey is just beginning. I am dedicated to my dream of being a teacher and making my grandmother and parents proud.

Aileen Fuentes Martinez

Aileen is a 2020 graduate of Northbrook High School. She is now a sophomore at the University of North Texas majoring in Music Education and Studio Art.
Starting the academic year for a first year college student under an unexpected pandemic was in fact, difficult. I found joy in being able to attend my dream college that surrounded me with an atmosphere that felt like home. Musicians and artists paraded the school with unbelievable talent and skill that inspired me each day, feeling giddiness crawl up my spine because I knew this is where I'm supposed to be. I know my education is the most valuable thing I can pursue to achieve my dreams. Now more than ever I know that my dreams are the most precious thing I can ever have, they are what make I wear that semester with pride, knowing I was able to get through the worst. I have the drive, motivation and certainty that I can continue walking the path to my dreams, no matter how long it takes, I will be happy. This scholarship opportunity is part of that path, to have financial support, and even an additional emotional support from an organization as wonderful as the NewSpring family believing that my dreams have value and importance, is a feeling like none other.

Edmi Salazar

Edmi is a 2020 graduate of Northbrook High School. She is a sophomore at Houston Baptist University, after a year at the University of New Mexico, majoring in Film and Digital Arts.
“As a college freshman in 2020, the challenges of the pandemic were enormous. I did not have an orientation to the college or visit a classroom even once. I didn’t meet a professor in person or make new friends. I had to face new difficulties in adapting myself to online learning and to all the recent programs and new ways to learn. Despite all of these challenges, I now feel more capable of adapting myself to new changes and that I have a better knowledge of programs that will be useful in my future. I have also learned that people can be together even with they are apart. Even though I never met my college professors face to face, I felt that they were there for me, and I learned to appreciate how much work all of them did to teach a class online. The most important part of my goals is to finish college with a degree in film and digital arts and to keep expanding my knowledge and skills to the latest programs.

Sandra Melgar

Sandra graduated from Northbrook Senior High School in 2018. Sandra is a senior at Bryn Mawr College, majoring in Geology with a minor in Spanish.
As a Bryn Mawr Posse scholar I have learned to manage and overcome challenges throughout my three years of undergrad and I am so glad to be approaching my last year in college. The pandemic, by far, has and continues to change the way we settle back into the classroom but I am glad this past spring semester felt a bit more normal as we could attend in person classes and interact with people! Due to the changes after the vaccine was implemented on campus for all students, we gained the opportunity to once again be able to travel for fieldwork. As I am writing this (summer 2021) I find myself in a car with five other people in a desert by Delta, Utah collecting rock samples from a specific geologic outcrop to take back to campus and examine for our summer science research. I am grateful for the opportunity and will take advantage of the time being as I travel across the country and see the beauty of it all. Thank you NewSpring for your continuous support!