HOUSTON — HISD is ‘Standing for Houston’ with a sweet surprise for a high school senior.

On Monday, the district gave Stacy Gonsoulin, a North Houston Early College student, a $5,000 for her “great character and resilience in the face of adversity.”

Stacy was at the hospital with her sick mom the morning of the scholarship presentation and wasn’t going to go to school, but teachers called her and encouraged her to come.

Stacy was shocked yet extremely happy when administrators called her name and presented her with the check. 

The scholarship is called the HISD Superintendent and Board of education Scholar Award. Eight more high school seniors will be gifted with the same award during the month of April.

HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan personally selected the nine students out of the 44 who were nominated by either their school’s principal or leadership team.

The district said the scholarship awards are for students who face hardships and challenges that may make higher education or career/vocational training difficult to attain. School administrators selected recipients based primarily on the qualities they have demonstrates and obstacles they have overcome that make them likely to succeed if given the chance.

The 35 students who were not picked for the $5,000 scholarship will get a $2,000 scholarship.

Stacy is headed to the University of North Texas after she graduates. She already has her associates degree.