Six Texas Teens Receive Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarships

HOUSTON, June 10, 2013 - The Texas Lyceum, the premier statewide non-profit, non-partisan leadership group focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders, announced its Leadership Scholarship Awards for 2013.

“We are pleased to honor these six outstanding Texas students with Lyceum Leadership Scholarship Awards,” said 2013 Lyceum President Collin Cox. “These young people have demonstrated incredible achievements in academics and community service and have bright futures. The Lyceum believes it is important to assist the next generation of Texas leaders and help them reach their goals through higher education.”

More than 100 Texas High school seniors applied this year for Texas Lyceum Scholarships. Each of the following award honorees will receive a $2,500 scholarship to go toward a Texas college or university:

Taylor High School gradate Sophia Zhang is the daughter of Dongning Liu and Chu Zhang of Katy Texas. Ms. Zhang founded the Taylor High Key Club, an organization through the Kiwanis Club that promotes leadership and good citizenship. She was accepted to the Texas A&M School of Engineering and plans to attend in the fall.

Hardin High School graduate Kora Thornton is the daughter of Robyn and Duwayne Thornton of Liberty, Texas. Ms. Thornton graduated in the top of her class and is a National Merit Scholar. She also played varsity softball and was involved in student council during her four years of high school. After a summer mission trip to Spain, Ms. Thornton plans to attend Texas A&M University to study Kinesiology and later physical therapy.

Bowie High School graduate Brenda Rodriguez-Nino is the daughter of Maria and Jose Rodriguez of Austin. Ms. Rodriguez is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and is an extremely active community volunteer. As the first in her family to attend college, she plans to study Biochemistry at the University of Texas.

Clear Lake High School graduate Coleman Fulcher, the son of Joe and Kayse Fulcher of Houston, is a National Merit Scholar and a 4-year recipient of the Clear Lake ISD Superintendent Scholars Award. Mr. Fulcher played varsity football and baseball and served on the student council. He will be attending the University of Texas this fall where he will study finance.

Rockdale High School graduate William Dean is the son of James and Susan Dean of Rockdale. Mr. Dean is a three-year, National Honor Society member and played on the first all-district varsity basketball team. He plans to major in chemistry and biology at Texas A&M University.

Huntsville High School graduate Kira Daniel is the daughter of Shannon and Dirk Daniel of Huntsville. Kira participated in the Huntsville Military Marching Band and lettered in varsity tennis. She was accepted to the University of Texas Honors College of Liberal Arts where she will major in psychology and anthropology.

The Texas Lyceum Leadership Award recipients are selected on the basis of leadership, academic record, honors, personal essays, letters of recommendation, potential to succeed, and participation in school and community activities. Lyceum Leadership Award applicants must be Texas residents and carry a minimum average 3.5 GPA. The award can only go to students who are graduating from high school in the year in which the scholarship is awarded and they must attend an accredited Texas college or university. The organization extends a special thanks to Lyceum Director Cara Magrane of San Antonio who led the 2013 evaluation committee.

For more information about the Texas Lyceum Leadership Award please go to and see "Scholarships."

About the Texas Lyceum: Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group, is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas.

For more information, please visit Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at and on Twitter @TexasLyceum ###

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