Four teachers were each awarded a $2,000 Brunson Scholarship for continuing education at the May 8 Rotary luncheon at the Baytown Community Center. From left are Sterling Principal Dr. Nathan Chaddick, Ashley Fisher, Lee Principal Dr. Joe Farnsworth, Alex Alvarez, Lauren Hoyt, Goose Creek CISD Superintendent Dr. Randal O’Brien, Ciara Marks and James Bowie Elementary Principal Dr. Regina Sims.

The Rotary Club of Baytown awarded its annual Brunson scholarships to four Goose Creek CISD teachers on May 8.

The Donald L. Brunson Scholarship offers grants to teachers in the Goose Creek CISD who are actively pursuing a master’s degree in an educational field of study. Its purpose is to support post-graduate aspirations of those teachers who wish to remain in the classroom and work with students of the Baytown and Highlands communities. The grants in the amount of $2,000 per year for two years will be awarded, with an equal amount available the following year provided the teacher is still employed by Goose Creek CISD and enrolled in college.

Three of the teachers awarded the 2019 Brunson scholarship are high school instructors: Alex Alvarez and Lauren Hoyt of Lee High School, Ashley Fisher of Sterling High School as well as James Bowie Elementary third-grade teacher Ciara Marks.

Alvarez and Marks are both working on a Master of Science in Education Leadership. Alvarez is attending Lamar University and Marks is attending University of Houston Clear Lake.

Hoyt is working toward her Master Degree in Literature at UH Clear Lake.

Fisher is working toward her Master Degree in History.

The scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Donald Brunson, longtime Rotary Club member and community leader. Dr. Brunson, who practiced dentistry in Baytown for more than 40 years, faithfully supported education at all levels. 

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