PHARR — Two students in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD’s (PSJA ISD) Early College Program have been accepted to two of the country’s most prestigious universities with full-ride scholarships.

Senior Mariano Salcedo from PSJA Southwest Early College High School was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Senior Melanny Garcia from PSJA North Early College High School was accepted to Stanford University. Both students will receive  full-ride QuestBridge National College Match Scholarships.

Both students have acquired numerous accolades during their high school careers. Salcedo is the National Honor Society Vice-President, a member of the National Hispanic Honor Society, and he has competed as part of his school’s UIL Robotics and Debate team. In addition, Salcedo founded the PSJA Southwest ECHS SAT Club, and he helps as a Teacher Assistant in AP Calculus in Physics.

“Thank you to my PSJA Family for the Early College Program,” said Salcedo in the news release. “I know knowledge transfers anywhere and the program has prepared me for the all future rigorous classes I will need to take. PSJA gives us everything we need to succeed. We just need to take advantage of the opportunities.”

Garcia has held numerous leadership roles including Senior Class President, National Honor Society Vice-President, lead character for PSJA North Theatre’s production of Disney’s Frozen, and she works as a Math Tutor.

“This is such a blessing,” said Garcia. “I have been working for this my entire life. Thank you to everyone, my parents, teachers, and our Financial Aid Officers for helping my dream come true.”

According to a news release, both students will be graduating with Associate Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from South Texas College.