The Young Family Foundation Awards 2023 Scholarships

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The Young Family Foundation (YFF) is proud to continue its annual tradition of fostering higher education within our community. This year, the foundation has awarded scholarships to seven high school graduates from Ganado, Louise, El Campo, and for the first time, Tidehaven High Schools. With this year’s awards, the foundation celebrates the milestone of having bestowed 130 scholarships since its establishment in 2000.

Each academic scholarship recipient will receive $2,000 per semester for 8 consecutive semesters, amounting to a total of $16,000 per recipient. Our vocational scholarship, awarded to Joshua Carrasco, includes $1,000 per semester for 6 semesters, totaling $6,000. This year, the Young Family Foundation is providing a record $29,000 in scholarships to support these graduates’ pursuit of higher education and their individual career aspirations.

The 2023 scholarship recipients are as follows:


• Bridget Dorotik, El Campo High School:
Bridget plans to major in Accounting and Finance as part of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Her aspiration is to become a Certified Public Accountant and join one of the “Big Four” accounting firms.

• Ella Rod, El Campo High School:
Ella will pursue a degree in Biochemistry at Texas A&M University with plans to transition to medical school upon completion of her Bachelor of Science degree.

• Peyton Green, Ganado High School:
Peyton will study Biology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University, with the ambition to become a Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon.

• Celeste Ramirez, Ganado High School:
Celeste has chosen to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas in San Antonio, aiming to gain practical experience through internships and broaden her horizons through study abroad opportunities.

• Joshua Carrasco, Ganado High School:
Joshua is enrolled at Texas State Technical College to study Electrical Power and Controls. Inspired by his love for problem-solving, he aspires to become a journeyman or lineman or have a career in instrumentation.

• Kate Garrett, Louise High School:
Kate will pursue a degree in Agricultural Business with a minor in Spanish at Texas A&M University. She is eager to promote the importance of agriculture and facilitate the journey of produce from farm to table.

• Maizee Strelec, Louise High School:
Maizee will study Plant and Environmental Soil Science at Texas A&M University, with plans to become an agronomist or crop advisor.

Allyson Lucio, Tidehaven High School:
Allyson plans to pursue a Marketing degree as part of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, with a Pre-Law track, aspiring to become a prosecutor to ensure our judicial system is fair and effective.

The Young Family Foundation remains committed to sharing success with local communities, primarily through scholarships and grants. We applaud the achievements of our scholarship recipients and look forward to their future contributions to their fields of study and our community.


About The Young Family Foundation
The Young Family Foundation is the nonprofit organization founded by the owning family of YK Communications. The organization’s mission is to share success with local communities by way of scholarships and grants. More information about the company can be found at

About YK Communications
YK Communications offers various broadband internet, voice, and security services for residential and business customers across South Texas. More information about the company can be found at

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