Students receive $40,000 scholarship award and admitted into the Honors College
TYLER, Texas (February 21, 2023) – The University of Texas at Tyler announced the names of high
school seniors who are 2023 UT Tyler Honors Scholars. Each student has been awarded a $40,000
scholarship and accepted into the UT Tyler Honors College.
“It is such a great honor to bring new students to our university,” said UT Tyler President Kirk A.
Calhoun. “We get a front row seat as they go on to do great things for our communities, our state
and our country.”
Students were recognized during surprise visits to their high school campuses as part of the
university’s Admissions Honors Scholars Road Show. These 12 were selected out of 800 applicants
who submitted essays and were interviewed as part of the selection process.
Recipients listed by high school are:
All Saints Episcopal School – Elisabeth Vahovius.
Bishop T.K. Gorman High School – Zoey Broaddus.
Brook Hill School – Anna Arseienko.
Martins Mill High School – Brayden Edwards.
Tyler Legacy High School – Asa Clark, Blanca Kellermann Jimenez and Namarie Perez.
UT Tyler University Academy-Longview – Madalyne Kirby.
UT Tyler University Academy-Palestine – Jad Absy and Samuel Carter.
Van High School – Jace Douglas.
Whitehouse High School – Ibrahim Burghul.
The UT Tyler Honors College provides specialized content and programming for high-achieving and
intellectually curious students at UT Tyler. Academically, the college emphasizes small, unique
courses with engaged faculty and rigorous undergraduate research. For more information, visit
With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT
Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler
recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT
Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and
UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education,
cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research
institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in
Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.