Scholar of the Week

Bryan Leon      
University of Texas at Austin

Bryan Leon is a first-year electrical engineering student at the University of Texas at Austin.  He is the recipient of the $1,000 HENAAC Scholarship sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad.  This is the inaugural sponsorship by Union Pacific.

From an early age, Bryan always wanted to learn as much as possible and was determined to perform his best and achieve A’s.  For Bryan, high school became a stepping stone to bigger and better things.  So he made an effort to study daily, study for as long as required, and going to school early mornings for extra practice in his classes.

Bryan graduated from the Academy of Engineering at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, TX, in the top 5% of his class with a 3.94 GPA.  In high school, he was an active member of the National Honor Society, the Chess Club, and the Robotics Club.  In his senior year, he was the team captain for the Chess Club and the Robotics Club.

Noted as a creative problem solver and innovator, he competed in the BEST and FIRST Robotics, participated in the MITE Engineering Summer Camp, and competed in various district UIL math and science competitions.  His involvement and robotics spurred his interest in a STEM career.  He aspires to earn his graduate degree and conduct research under renowned professors, before entering the industry and progressing in his scientific knowledge.

Always looking to give back, Bryans hopes to become actively involved in the Hispanic community and “help to correct the discrepancy that is currently found not only socioeconomically, but also politically because I believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity.”  

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