James Bautista, a senior at Brownwood High School, has been awarded a Carr Distinguished Academic Scholarship worth up to $60,000 to attend Angelo State University in San Angelo this fall.


The Carr Distinguished Academic Scholarship is ASU’s most prestigious scholarship for academic achievement. Bautista plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with minors in chemistry and accounting in preparation for medical school. A more detailed profile is available on the “I Chose Angelo State” website.


Bautista is also not the first member of his family to attend ASU. His sister, Katherine Bautista, earned her ASU Bachelor of Business Administration degree with honors in December 2019. She is currently pursuing her ASU Master of Business Administration with Specialization in Healthcare Management.


Carr Academic Scholarships are renewable for four years and range in value from $1,000 to $15,000 per year. Scholarship awards are based on high school grade point average and standardized test scores on the ACT or SAT college entrance exams.


Fewer than 10 Carr Distinguished Academic Scholarships are awarded to new incoming students per year, providing each recipient with $15,000 annually. To be selected for the top award, students must score at least 32 on the ACT or 1420 on the SAT; maintain a high school cumulative GPA of at least 3.5; and interview with a selection committee.


Other 2020 Carr Distinguished Academic Scholarship recipients are William Hennig of Paint Rock High School in Paint Rock, Emily Lee of Wakeland High School in Frisco, Tressa Reading of Knippa High School in Knippa, and Gracie Strange of Wall High School in Wall. Another Distinguished Scholar, Christian Bell of Greenwood High School in Midland, received ASU’s first-ever Carr Elite Merit Academic Scholarship when he was named a National Merit Finalist.


Carr Scholarships are funded by a $131 million endowment, one of the largest in the nation at a regional university. Robert G. Carr and his wife, Nona K. Carr, who bequeathed their interests in oil, gas and other minerals from producing properties in West Texas, made the Carr Foundation possible. More details are available at angelo.edu/carr_foundation.


For more information about Bautista’s Carr Distinguished Academic Scholarship, contact the ASU Office of Admissions at 325-942-2041 or admissions@angelo.edu.