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First Step Scholarship Career Tech Award

Area Seniors Awarded the Braunfels Foundation Trust Scholarship for 2020

The Braunfels Foundation Trust (BFT) and the Baron and Baroness members of the Trust are happy to announce that 32 graduating seniors from our area have been awarded the BFT “First Step Career Vocational/ Technical” Scholarship.

The Projects Committee worked with both local school districts and their high schools to solicit applications from graduating high school seniors interested in post-secondary education for vocational or technical careers and or the testing required to take the next step in the process of work after high school. The board has allocated up to $48,000 toward these scholarships.

Trust President Teressa Johnson sends congratulations to these outstanding students on behalf of the Trustees and the Baron and Baroness members of the Trust.

The awardees of the BFT First Step Career Vocational/ Technical Scholarship for 2020 are:

Nayeli  Acosta, Social Worker; Aaron Almendarez, Assoc. Applied Science/Business; Landon Antee, Welding; Stephanie Bell, Dental Tech/Medical; Christian Castillo, Diesel Technician; James Castillo, Multi Media-Arts; Jacob Chaffin, Culinary; Paola Dominguez, Animator, Assoc. Degree; Ricardo Dominguez, Animator, Assoc. Degree; Xavier Drew, Dental Hygiene; Liliana Eyster, Cosmetology; Yesmarely Gomez, Cosmetology; Miguel Guerrero, Nursing; Gabriella Lechasseur-Aguilar, Ethestician; Edith Leon Gutierrez, Cosmetology; Breanna Magnuson, Assoc. in Business; Alexis McKnight, Medical field; Max Mendez, Welding; Liahm Nowak, Radiologist Technician; Ashton O’Malley, Cyber Sec. Specialist; Summer Oldbury, Digital Video/Film Crew; Baleria Ortega, Paramedicine:EMT; Maria Palacios, Accounting; Hernan Salazar, Electrician; Courtney Sholund, Nurse/LVN, Morgan Stanzione, Business; Peyton Stephens, Cosmetology; Kaleigh Stevens, Oncology Radiation Tech, Matthew Thomas, Radiography Tech; Melchor Veliz, HVAC; Irvin Veliz, Electrician; Dawson White , Construction Science; and Tristan Wolf, Computer Networking.

Liliana Eyster, Canyon Lake High School

Thank You Notes

2015 Living Legends


Living Legends 2015

Carter Casteel, Carl Feltner and Carol(Bucky) Warwick Smith

New Braunfels, Texas, August 18, 2015:   The Braunfels Foundation Trust announced, during the Baron and Baroness quarterly social held at McAdoo’s Seafood,  the selection of Carter Casteel, Carl Feltner and Carole “Bucky” Smith as “Living Legends of New Braunfels.”  The “Living Legend” program honors individuals from New Braunfels whose extraordinary service, involvement, and contributions have made New Braunfels this wonderful and most unique place in which to live.

Casteel, Feltner and Smith are the 11th class of Living Legends, and they join a celebrated group of community leaders.  They will be honored at a recognition reception on October 6, 2015, at the New Braunfels Convention and Center Civic.  Tickets for the event will go on sale on August 18.

The Braunfels Foundation Trust was founded after the community of Braunfels, Germany, presented a monetary gift of $1,500 of support following the devastating flood of 1972.

Proceeds from the 11th annual event will benefit programs to support vocational and technical training and continued education in Comal and Guadalupe County through scholarship programs for graduating high school seniors.  The Braunfels Foundation Trust also provides facilities for Communities in Schools of South Central Texas.


On-line tickets to the event on October 6, 2015

Trust Recipient of 19th Americana Music Jam

Braunfels Foundation Trust Receives

$22,200 from the Americana Music Jam

The 19th Annual Americana Music Jam co-sponsored by Gruene Hall and KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels was a great success! On Wednesday, June 23, Mattson Rainer of KNBT and Mary Jane Nalley and Pat Molack of Gruene Hall presented a portion of the proceeds from the Jam($22,200) to the Braunfels Foundation Trust Trustees at Gruene Hall. Representatives from the companies who sponsored the event were also present. Thank you Mattson Rainer, KNBT, Mary Jane Nalley, Pat Molack, Gruene Hall and all of the musicians who played at the Americana Music Jam!



 Trustees: David Lamon, Roxolin Krueger , Carroll Hoffmann, Michael Meek,  Joe Castilleja and Mark Hampton.


Carroll Udo Hoffmann Recognized

Carroll DNTN RotaryCongratulations Carroll!



The Braunfels Foundation Trust was the recipient of a $7,500 donation in honor of Carroll Udo Hoffmann.  The donation was given by the Downtown Rotary Club in recognition of Carroll’s 50 years of perfect attendance! The Trust sincerely appreciates this generous donation in his name. This was a unique idea from the Downtown Rotary Club.  What a wonderful and well deserved recognition of Carroll!


Communities in School

Communities In Schools of South Central Texas (CIS) is a local non-profit that provides on-campus Site Coordinators to twenty-six schools from elementary to high school in four school districts in Comal and Guadalupe counties. The CIS  Site Coordinators connect students and their families to critical community resources. They also provide social, academic and counseling services to at-risk students so that they can succeed in school and make positive life choices.

This year CIS will provide services to 18,000 students and nearly 2,800 students will receive intensive case management services which include counseling and life skills, character-building, academic assistance, and health and human services. CIS believes that every child needs and deserves a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and a healthy future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation, and a chance to give back to the community. Last year of the 2,160 students that received intensive services, 99.74% stayed in school, 95% were promoted to the next grade and 98.98% of CIS seniors received a high school diploma.

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