Juan Medina, a senior at Spring Branch ISD’s Northbrook High School, was asked by head football coach, Andres Gomez, to attend a meeting and workout of the underclassmen football team as they prepared for an upcoming scrimmage. In truth, it was just an excuse for him to be with his former team for a surprise announcement, organized by the coach and senior counselor Cameron Raska.
Suddenly, a group of people from the Chick-fil-A location where Medina works came around the corner with balloons, confetti and a giant scholarship check made out to him! They brought this surprise to the school so Medina’s teammates could cheer and congratulate the overwhelmed senior.
When he was handed the big check for the Chick-fil-A Remarkable Futures Scholarship, he was stunned, and then mobbed with a big roar from his teammates.
“I didn’t expect this, but I really appreciate it,” Medina said. He has been accepted to eight colleges in Texas.
Besides his own hard work to be a scholar athlete, he also received support for applying to college and for scholarships from the College Community Career program at Northbrook High. The program leaders recommended he apply to at least 10 colleges. “I didn’t expect to receive that many acceptances,” Medina said.
He is grateful to his mother, who works hard to provide for her family. “College is not cheap,” the class of 2021 senior said. “So this scholarship will really help us.”
He plans to major in mechanical engineering at whichever college he ends up attending. “My goal is to set an example for my little brother,” Medina said.
The store operator of the Chick-fil-A’s on Silber Road and at Memorial City Mall, Rafael McLeod, said the $2,500 scholarship is renewable each year the recipient is in good standing in college. Since 1973, Chick-fil-A has invested more than $110 million in scholarships to 66,000 team members to help them pursue a college education. Royalties received from the sale of Chick-fil-A bottled sauces supports the scholarship funding.
“It is a big deal,” McLeod said, beaming with pride. “Juan is just one of two team members from our two stores to be selected for the Remarkable Futures scholarship.” Nationally, approximately 7,500 scholarships were awarded this year.
Congratulations, Juan. We are #SBISDProud of you.