(956) 727-0977 heritage@webbheritage.org

Every year, the Webb County Heritage Foundation of Laredo conducts a county-wide essay competition among graduating high school seniors, selecting a winner to receive the President of the Republic of the Río Grande® Scholarship. The only criterion used for the winner is that she or he write an essay on some aspect of family history, traditions, or culture.
The scholarship will be presented as part of the Founders’ Day Celebration on Saturday, May 23 at 12 noon at the Laredo Center for the Arts in Laredo.
This year’s winner is Mr. Andrew George Rodriguez from Bruni High School. Mr. Rodriguez’ essay entitled “A Family’s Culinary Legacy,” recounts the history of Lala’s Café in Mirando City. Mr. Rodriguez’ writing describes his great grandmother, Lala Banda Rodriguez’ hard work and delicious recipes which brought her restaurant to the attention of loyal clientele from all over Texas and Mexico. The restaurant was even the place where his parents, both employees during high school, first met and fell in love. The essay is a wonderful combination of endearing family history and descriptive writing.
Mr. Rodriguez is the son of Jorge and Maribel Hill Rodriguez. He is active in numerous campus activities and has extensive volunteer and award recognitions. He has listed the University of Texas – Austin as his first choice for college.