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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

High school students win college scholarships

February 11, 2008
Press Release

Washington, DC - Two local high school students won college scholarships at a recent Sallie Mae Fund Paying for College Workshop hosted by Rep. Gene Green. Senior Ruben Campillo and sophomore Melissa Jimenez, both students at Stephen F. Austin High School in Houston, won $500 each to be used toward college tuition.  


The “Paying for College Workshop” is a free semiannual interactive seminar that explores programs and resources that can help make college affordable. Green congratulated the students in person at the seminar. These workshops are held at high schools in the 29th Congressional District.


“Twice a year we hold these workshops to encourage high school students to continue their education and to contribute a little bit to their savings,” Green said. “I hope Ruben and Melissa follow their dreams to go to college. Their ambition has already made them great examples for other students in the area,” he added. 


According to the Digest of Education Statistics 2005, the median annual income in 2004 for those who had completed a bachelor’s degree was $57,220. The median income of those who didn’t continue their education after high school was $35,725 – just 60 percent of what they could earn if they had gone on to college.