Special to the Laredo Sun
LAREDO, TEXAS- Every year, the Webb County Heritage Foundation of Laredo conducts a county-wide essay competition among graduating high school seniors, selecting a winner to receive the President of the Republic of the Río Grande Scholarship. The only criterion used for the winner is that she or he write an essay on some aspect of family history, traditions, or culture.
The scholarship will be presented as part of the Founders’ Day Celebration on Saturday, May 10 at 12 noon in the Student Center Ballroom of Texas A&M International University in Laredo.
This year’s winner is Mr. Pedro Rene Treviño from United High School. Mr. Treviño’s essay recounts a conversation with his grandfather who described their family’s nine generation lineage linked to Laredo founder Tomás Sánchez and also to the Vasquez Borrego land grantees. It is a heart-warming account of generational interaction between the young man and his grandfather, combined with a fascinating work of genealogy.
Mr. Treviño is the son of Irma and Pedro Treviño, III. He is active in numerous campus activities and has extensive volunteer and award recognitions. He has listed Texas A&M University as his first choice for college.