A San Augustine High School Graduate, Jose Hernandez and Coldspring-Oakhurst High School Graduate, Stephanie Conroy, have been named recipients of the 2009 Stewart & Malone Memorial Scholarships. They were selected to receive the $500 scholarships from 142 applications received from independent school districts in the twelve county Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) region.
Jose Hernandez is the son of Eloy and Atanacia Hernandez. He is ranked third in his class and was named to the all "A" honor role his senior year. He was in the high school band all four years and served as drum major in his senior year. Jose was also a member of the Rodeo Club and Spanish Club and he also played on the school's tennis team. He plans on attending Stephen F. Austin State University, where he will major in nursing. His long-term goal is to work in nurse anesthetics or in pediatrics.
Stephanie Conroy is the daughter of Tracy Novosad. She works in the San Jacinto County Clerk's Office and has established an impressive history of academic and community achievements. Stephanie is a member of the National Honor Society, the FFA and 4-H Club. She is also a cheerleader. During both Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike recovery efforts Stephanie was a student volunteer assisting in the distribution of supplies. Her long term goal is to become an attorney. Stephanie plans on attending Sam Houston State University where she hopes to major in Criminal Justice and eventually enter law school.
The Stewart & Malone Memorial Scholarships were established in 1990 by the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) to honor C. E. Stewart and Rev. P.V. Malone. Both men were outstanding educators, and members of the DETCOG Board, who had lifelong dedications to public service.