Senior Scholarships Awarded by the Fort Bend Junior Service League

Congratulations to FBJSL 2023 scholarship recipients Hadley Boudreaux, Anvi Garyali, Emilie Wakeman, Ria Tahwar and Katherine Bourgeois.

The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL), an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the Fort Bend County community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, has awarded six $1,000 scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year to the following young ladies for their outstanding volunteer commitment and contributions to our community.  The recipients are Hadley Boudreaux, Katherine Bourgeois, Anvi Garyali, Alifiya Saleem, Ria Tahwar and Emilie Wakeman.

Hadley Boudreaux is a senior at Saint Agnes Academy. She is the captain of both the basketball and cross-country teams, and a member of the National Charity League where she has volunteered 780 hours. She is passionate about working with teenagers with Autism and has over 100 hours as a counselor for Camp Blessing. Boudreaux hopes to continue her work with Autistic teens at one of the seven colleges she has been accepted to attend.

Katherine (Kate) Bourgeois is a senior at Stephen F Austin High School. She is a member of the National Charity League and has volunteered over 350 hours while staying very active in school. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, swimming, photography, and any kind of arts and crafts. Bourgeois plans to pursue a degree in elementary education at Auburn University.

Anvi Garyali is a senior at Dulles High School. She has volunteered 1,250 hours all while maintaining a 4.26 GPA. She is the founder of Rhythm of Live, a non-profit organization created to advocate and raise awareness surrounding mental health and substance abuse. Garyali will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall, where she will major in Health and Society.

Alifiya Saleem is a senior at Kempner High School. She is the president of the National Honor Society and has won over a dozen awards. She is a group founder of Hello Talk where she teaches English to Chinese students and has taught over 500 students. Saleem plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business where she plans to pursue a dual degree in International Studies and Business.

Ria Talwar is a senior at Ridge Point High School. She is the President of the Science Honor Society and is working on turning 200 pounds of plastic caps into a school bench. She is also the co-founder of two organizations at her school, Paying it Forward, which provides volunteer opportunities for students, and Purple Hearts, which supports teachers, staff and administration with a supportive environment by providing free period products to teacher’s classrooms with purple hearts. Talwar has been accepted to the University of Houston, Texas A&M, UT Austin and Dallas. She plans to continue her volunteering at the college level.

Emilie Wakeman is a senior at Cinco Ranch High School. She is the Vice President of Programs for the National Charity League, and she is on the National Honors Society as well as the Spanish National Honors Society. She has volunteered over 150 hours, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She plans on attending the University of Alabama pursuing a BS degree in Management Information Systems with a minor in Real Estate Management.

The FBJSL would like to honor and congratulate these young ladies for the volunteer work they have given to our community and wishes them well in their future endeavors.

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