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Northbrook High School senior receives $200,000 scholarship from U.S. Navy to attend Prairie View A&M


Junior Gonzalez, cadet lieutenant of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program at The Guthrie Center and Northbrook High School senior, recently received a $200,000 scholarship to attend Prairie View A&M from the U.S. Navy. 

“I’m grateful to receive this scholarship,” said Gonzalez. “It means I have an opportunity to go to college, further my education and better myself as a person.” 

Gonzalez plans to study mechanical engineering and serve in the U.S. Navy as a warfare officer. He hopes to return to college and study criminal justice but ultimately wants to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

The U.S. Navy scholarship covers four years of tuition, books and additional fees and provides the student with a monthly stipend. All high school seniors are eligible to apply. Applications are reviewed by U.S. Navy officers, and candidates are evaluated based on their academic performance, extracurricular activities, leadership abilities and commitment. 

Gonzalez has been part of the NJROTC throughout his four years at Northbrook. He notes that his sister encouraged him to join, as she was already part of the program. 

“I am proud of Junior and what he has achieved,” Senior Naval Science Instructor and Commander Jerry Coufal said. “Through this scholarship, Gonzalez will complete his undergraduate degree with no student loans and a guaranteed job.” 

During his time in NJROTC, Junior participated in a variety of competitive activities as part of the armed drill team, color guard, academic team and orienting team, while continuing to excel academically. 

“Gonzalez exemplifies SBISD’s Core Characteristics through his active participation in NJROTC,” added Coufal. “I look forward to seeing him succeed as a Navy officer.” 

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