Five Leander ISD students receive ABoR scholarships

Leander High School students Keon Burton-Leonard (upper left) and Nekayla Knight (lower middle), as well as Vandegrift High School's Sezim Minbaeva (lower right), are three of the five Leander ISD students receiving scholarships from the Austin Board of Realtors. (Screenshot courtesy ABoR)
Leander High School students Keon Burton-Leonard (upper left) and Nekayla Knight (lower middle), as well as Vandegrift High School's Sezim Minbaeva (lower right), are three of the five Leander ISD students receiving scholarships from the Austin Board of Realtors. (Screenshot courtesy ABoR)

Leander High School students Keon Burton-Leonard (upper left) and Nekayla Knight (lower middle), as well as Vandegrift High School's Sezim Minbaeva (lower right), are three of the five Leander ISD students receiving scholarships from the Austin Board of Realtors. (Screenshot courtesy ABoR)

Five Leander ISD graduates received scholarships from the Austin Board of Realtors Foundation, according to an ABoR news release.

Each class of 2020 recipient will receive a $2,000 scholarship, an ABoR spokesperson said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper. Recipients are as folows.

  • Leander High School: Demitri Drayton, Keon Burton-Leonard, Maria Santiago-Rojas, Nekayla Knight

  • Vandegrift High School: Sezim Minbaeva


Instead of the foundation hosting an in-person ceremony, each of the recipients is featured on the ABoR website. Each student has a landing page that includes a congratulatory, personalized video from the scholarship donor and a printable certificate. An order from Tiff’s Treats was also delivered to each scholarship winner’s home, according to the news release.


ABoR awarded 32 scholarships to Austin-area students for a total of $62,000, according to the ABoR website. Two recipients were already enrolled in college and received $1,000 scholarships, according to an ABoR spokesperson.

The ABoR Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships in the past five years, according to the news release.
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin editions of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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