Belton: Student surprised with scholarship from University of Texas

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Belton High School Senior, Elizabeth Moctezuma-Manzanero and her parents were surprised Tuesday when an admissions counselor from the University of Texas announced her admission and presented a $48,000 scholarship to attend the school.

Elizabeth Moctezuma-Manzanero wins Impact Scholarship from University of Texas (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

The $48,000 will cover four years of tuition and fees.

Moctezuma-Manzanero says UT was the only college she applied to, and going there is a dream she's had since she was in fifth grade.

She was awarded the Impact Scholarship from the university for making a difference in her community.

"Our motto is what starts here changes the world so we want to give chances to students who can come and change the world around them through the University of Texas at Austin, just like she's changing the community here," admissions counselor, Eniloa Ibisanmi said.

Moctezuma-Manzanero will be a first generation college student, if she attends next fall where she plans to study textiles and apparels.

"I kind of thought, maybe I won't go to college because it costs so much and maybe I'll do something else for a living but now I can really see my dream happening," Moctezuma-Manzanero said.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Ruben Moctezuma and Silvia Moctezuma.

She participates in Chamber Orchestra and UIL Orchestra, as well as dance.

She is a member of the National Honor Society Prom Committee, Belton High School Bible Study Club, and serves as the Astra Project Coordinator.

The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students who score in the top 5,000 from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT. Elizabeth earned the distinction as a Hispanic Scholar for 2020.