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

El Paso, TX – CREEED awarded its 2024 Sylvia Hopp San Elizario College Scholarship to graduating senior Marisol Saenz at this year’s San Elizario Rose Ceremony.

Saenz is the seventh recipient of this prestigious scholarship and plans on attending the University of Texas at El Paso and majoring in psychology with hopes of becoming a psychologist. During her time at San Elizario High School, Saenz was vice-president of the school’s National Honors Society, a member of the National Technical Honors Society and Business Professionals of America, participated in UIL creative writing competitions, and was a member of the school’s mariachi group. Additionally, she has volunteered for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger and a variety of other organizations in her community and is graduating with a 4.7 GPA. 

“Marisol Saenz has maintained a high level of academic achievement throughout her time at the San Elizario Independent School District and is personally and academically accomplished,” said former San Elizario ISD Superintendent and chair of the scholarship selection committee Sylvia Hopp. “She is representative of the excellent students that San Elizario ISD fosters and we are proud to announce Marisol as this year’s scholarship recipient. She joins a high-performing group of students who have been able to attend the higher education institution of their choice thanks to CREEED’s scholarship and support of students in our region. We look forward to witnessing her future successes.”

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 college. To date, CREEED has contributed $17,500 in total to past recipients. 

“CREEED’s Sylvia Hopp San Elizario College Scholarship provides financial support for an exceptional student in our region to attend college and complete a postsecondary education,” said Eddie Rodriguez, CREEED’s Executive Director. “Marisol has demonstrated exemplary commitment to her education and community and we are honored to support her journey to receiving a degree in psychology.”

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.

For media requests, please contact 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



CREEED is a non-profit organization focused on increasing college readiness and completion rates. We invest in high-performing schools and high-quality initiatives that have shown success in closing the achievement gap for all El Paso County students. CREEED supports organizations, initiatives, and policies across four focus areas: Students & Schools; Educators; College & Career; and Parent & Community Engagement.​ 

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