Four area students, including two from Alice High School, were honored with scholarships on Wednesday by the Community Action Corporation of South Texas for their high academic achievement.

Elizabeth Ruelas and Christopher Longoria from AHS, along with Victoria Garcia from Kingsville and Nicholas Carmona from Laredo, were recognized. Garcia and Carmona were not present for the ceremony.

The scholarship was open to all area high school students.

Rafael Trevino, executive director of Community Action, said more than 40 students applied for the $500 scholarships, including seniors from Aransas, Brooks, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Webb and San Patricio counties.

Community Action formed a scholarship committee this year to review the applications and made a decision on the four scholarships.

“It’s important for us to continue to help our youth to continue their education in college,” Trevino said during the presentation ceremony.

When Longoria accepted his scholarship, he said he appreciated the hard work done by Community Action members.

“I’ll try to make everyone proud,” Longoria said.

“I want to thank everyone who considered me,” Ruelas said when she accepted her scholarship.

“Thank you very much for helping me make my dreams come true.”

Although not a requirement for the scholarship, by chance both Ruelas and Longoria went to Community Action-sponsored Headstart before entering kindergarten.

Ruelas said Headstart prepared her for her education and made the transition to kindergarten much easier.

Longoria said Headstart builds a great basis for students to begin their education.

Both scholarship recipients were members of the state-ranked, award-winning Academic Decathlon team, and both are headed to the University of Texas this fall.

Ruelas, an alto saxophone student, will major in music, while Longoria, with a strong interest in math and medicine, will enter the Pharmacy program.