The Hivnor Family and the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 MCCF Hivnor Family Scholarship Fund is Carlos Barcenas, a 2020 graduate from Willis High School. This scholarship supports his first semester at the University of Texas in Austin where he is seeking a degree in civil engineering.
The Hivnor Family Scholarship Fund was created in 2016 to benefit students from Willis High School who are participating in varsity athletics, including cheerleading and drill team. This fund represents the Hivnor family’s commitment to students in their community and their strong belief in the importance and value of higher education, especially for student athletes.
Mr. Barcenas was a member of the Willis High School Cross Country Team, serving as the team captain in his senior year, and a member of the Track and Field Team where he was the Distance Team Captain. His extra-curricular school activities included DECA, Interact Club, Robotics Team, UIL Speech and Debate Competition, National Honor Society, Leo Club, 4H, and Student Council. He was president of DECA and Vice President of Interact Club his senior year. Academically, he ranked 21st out of the Willis High School Class of 2020.
Blazing a trail as the first one in his family to go to high school could have been daunting. However, in his essay he said “Being in cross country would forever change my perspective on goals as the sport opened my eyes to new opportunities and would change my mentality… The sport has helped me grow into a leader and made me realize the potential anyone can have if the work is put in and the right mentality is set.”
Several of his memberships included service to the community, including with the Salvation Army, the Montgomery County Fair Association, local festivals, and local nursing homes. He received several awards in cross country, DECA and 4H.
The Hivnor Family is proud to award this scholarship to Mr. Barcenas. He embodies the athletic and academic commitment of a student athlete. The Hivnor Family Scholarship is available to Willis High School graduating seniors. Interested students should contact their school counselor for the application in the spring of 2021.
Montgomery County Community Foundation unites donors’ passions with the future by creating legacies that improve the quality of life of Montgomery County residents through scholarships and grants in support of non-profits that support a wide spectrum of community needs. Established in 1983 by Reverend Don Gebert and George Mitchell, MCCF has awarded nearly $2 million to Montgomery County residents for more than 30 years, including more than 130 scholarships and more than 450 grants. Learn more at www.mccfoundation.org