The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute and GE recently announced the 20 students who were awarded the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship. Among the recipients is Rex Yee of Poteet.
He was no stranger to leadership: president of the Interact Club, president of the junior class, treasurer for FFA, captain of the track and cross country teams, and more, however, it was his role as editor of the yearbook that gave him a new perspective in motivating a team. Selected to lead a disorganized team with looming deadlines, Rex turned the group’s procrastination into inspiration, and built its members up to achieve an exceptional product. When Yee saw a void in sports opportunities at school, Rex created the table tennis and soccer club to provide a new outlet.
He is a devoted volunteer for community activities, including serving as head geometry tutor for 30 middle school students. His passion is space exploration, and he was accepted to participate in the exclusive High School Aerospace Scholars program, where he designed and created a 3D printed tool available to astronauts in the International Space Station. Yee will attend the United States Air Force Academy.
This scholarship program rewards students who embody the vision and values personified by President Reagan, including leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship. Each student receives $10,000 a year, for up to four years, to be applied to student tuition and on-campus room and board while pursuing a bachelor’s degree at an accredited U.S. college or university.