Robotics Education & Competition Foundation Announces the 2016 Texas Instruments Scholarship Winners

GREENVILLE, TX – August 4, 2016 – The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Texas Instruments Scholarships, which encourage students to share what they’ve learned through robotics to advance their knowledge of robotics engineering. The winners of the 2016 Texas Instruments Scholarships are: Desirae Boles, VEX Robotics Competition Team 7983G, from Centennial High School in Bakersfield, California and Ho-Jae Jung, VEX Robotics Competition Team 2019C and FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4192, from Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas.

“The REC Foundation Scholarship Program continues to expand with new opportunities each year to assist students in their pursuit of a post-secondary degree,” said Jason Morrella, president of the REC Foundation. “I would like to congratulate the 2016 scholarship winners and wish them much success as they prepare for a future career in science, technology, engineering and math.”

The Texas Instruments scholarship provides two $5,000 awards to high school seniors who are intent on pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

“On my team, I am known as the calculations girl and my sidekick, Florentino, better known as the TI 84-Silver Edition Calculator, is always with me,” said Desirae Boles. “With technology constantly advancing, it is imperative that I keep advancing my own education so I am able to help improve society. Robotics is a frontier that will be explored in the future and I fully plan on being a part of this expedition with my trusty sidekick Florentino.”

“In using my TI graphical calculator, I’ve been able to pursue my interest in robotics, perform successful calculations to improve the functionality of our robot, and now look forward to majoring in a field that will allow me to continue to explore technology to one day secure a job on the robotics field,” said Ho-Jae Jung. “I’m grateful to Texas Instruments and the REC Foundation for this opportunity.”

The 2016/2017 season is now open with VEX IQ Challenge Crossover and VEX Robotics Competition Starstruck. The new games were announced at VEX Robotics Competition World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky on April 20-23, 2016. For more information about the REC Foundation and the scholarship program, please visit

About the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. Its goal is to provide these programs with services, solutions, and a community that allows them to flourish in a way that fosters the technical and interpersonal skills necessary for students to succeed in the 21st Century. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and the non-profit community to achieve this work so that one day these programs will become accessible to all students and all schools in all communities. For more information on REC Foundation, visit

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at


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