Congratulations! Jim Kester Memorial Scholarship Recipients

The Kester Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of former CARY Board Member, Jim Kester. Kester had extensive experience in juvenile justice and corrections programs and a high level of sensitivity to the problems, issues, and needs of at-risk youth. To date, the Kester family has awarded 34 scholarships, totaling $40,500. Kester heartily endorsed CARY’s strategy to equip students with the skills to avoid crime and violence and stay out of the pipeline to prison. For 21 years, CARY has helped youth promote safe schools and safe communities by providing a two-semester program with social and cognitive skills training emphasizing violence prevention in 24 schools across Central Texas.
Pedro Cruz from Del Valle High School and plans to attend University Technical Institute pursing a career as a Auto Mechanic