Andrew Robert Castellano of Edinburg CISD, Winner of RGV LEAD Scholarship

Andrew Robert Castellano, a 2015 graduate of Edinburg CISD’s Robert Vela High School, has been named recipient of a $5,000 RGV LEAD Scholarship.  To be eligible to compete for the scholarship, Castellano first graduated as an RGV LEAD Scholar.   He was one of over 8,000 Rio Grande Valley high school seniors who graduated as RGV LEAD Scholars in Spring 2015.  RGV LEAD Scholars establish college-and-career goals before they graduate from high school, and Castellano is an excellent example.  His plan is to enroll in the University of Texas at San Antonio to pursue a career in medicine.  Castellano’s long-term goal is to become a physician specializing in Virology and Trauma Medicine.

Castellano stated that he chose UTSA because of its record of excellence in academics:  “UTSA offers the challenging courses that will allow me to advance my academic career goals of becoming a physician, as well as its connection with the UTSA Health Science Center. The University of Texas at San Antonio will be a stepping stone on my pathway to a professional career..."

Robert Castellano
Robert Vela HS

Castellano is a member, competitor and president in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) as well as a member of the National Honor Society. He balances school work with a job, and he also volunteers at the Amara Hospice center in Edinburg. According to Jacob Olmeda, Career and Technical Education Counselor at Vela High School, Castellanos' impeccable work at Amara Hospice helped create a partnership between Edinburg CISD and the hospice center, opening up job shadowing opportunities for other students. "Mr. Castellano is clearly the best student I have worked with in the last 14 years. I think he would be an outstanding asset to any Health Science program in this great nation of ours...this kid is amazing," said Olmeda.

Castellanos' dual enrollment courses, career and technical education courses and HOSA membership have solidified his interest in the medical field.

Castellano stated that his interest in specializing in virology and trauma medicine was intensified through his high school experiences that allowed him to pursue a certification as an Emergency Medical Technician:  "Through these courses, I have been able to get field experience as to what to expect and in doing so I know that this is and will continue to be my passion."

Edinburg’s GEAR-Up Coordinator, Yvonne Johnson, stated:  "Andrew is determined and hard working. He is highly intelligent and is committed to his education and takes full responsibly for the quality of work he produces. The value of his character is priceless...he is internally motivated and has tremendous potential.  I look forward to watching this young man change the world in profound way s in the years to come."

RGV LEAD believes its scholarship award will be well-invested in Andrew Castellano!

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