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San Elizario High School senior awarded scholarship to help cover expenses at University of Texas at El Paso

El Paso, TX – CREEED awarded its 2023 Sylvia Hopp San Elizario College Scholarship to graduating senior Elias Chavez at this year’s San Elizario Rose Ceremony.

Chavez is the sixth recipient of this prestigious scholarship and plans on attending the University of Texas at El Paso and majoring in Biology with further hopes of attending medical school and becoming a medical attorney. During his time at San Elizario High School, Chavez completed seven AP classes as well as five dual credit courses and is a 2x District MVP of the varsity wrestling team, a Regional Skills USA champion, member of the National Honor Society, and youth leader and worship team member at his local church. 

“We are proud to announce Elias as this year’s scholarship recipient. He has attained extraordinary academic accomplishments and has made a significant difference in his school and community,” said former San Elizario ISD Superintendent Sylvia Hopp. “Through CREEED’s commitment to the San Elizario community and the Borderplex region, Elias joins five other students who have been able to attend their desired college and pursue their goals knowing the financial burden of attending their first year of college will be partially eased. We wish him the very best at UTEP and look forward to witnessing the success of his future endeavors.”

The Sylvia Hopp Scholarship Fund was established in 2017 to honor former San Elizario ISD superintendent Sylvia Hopp’s contributions to improving educational attainment in the region. The Fund will award a total of $20,000 in scholarships to help graduating seniors from San Elizario High School with a $2,500 scholarship to cover tuition and other costs associated with attending and completing the initial year in college. To date CREEED has contributed $15,000 in total to past recipients. 

“For six years CREEED has had the honor of providing the Sylvia Hopp San Elizario College Scholarship, which has awarded financial support to an outstanding graduating senior from San Elizario High School to attend college and complete a postsecondary degree,” said Eddie Rodriguez, CREEED’s Executive Director. “Elias’ commitment to his education and to his community are exemplary, and we are honored to support his journey to receiving a college degree in health sciences and becoming a leader in healthcare in the region.”  

In addition to supporting high-performing El Paso students pursuing and obtaining a college degree, CREEED also supports public school district initiatives that prepare all students to be college- and career-ready by the time they graduate high school, including the expansion of dual credit courses, STEM programming, and teacher development programs.

More information about the Sylvia Hopp San Elizario College Scholarship and CREEED’s efforts to raise educational attainment in the El Paso region can be found at www.creeed.org.

For media inquiries, please contact Laura Rodriguez at (915) 209-2230 or media@creeed.org.



CREEED is a not-for-profit organization focused on increasing the number of high-performing seats in El Paso’s public education system. This is accomplished by investing in initiatives that are creating measurable outcomes to close the achievement gap for El Paso students. CREEED supports organizations, initiatives, and policies that prepare students to succeed in college and in our future workforce. CREEED’s efforts are focused on increasing the quality of education that students receive in El Paso. Our efforts fall into three categories: Increasing Student Attainment; Increasing Teacher Talent & Leadership Development; and Increasing Parent and Community Engagement.​ 


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