Mom Makes Choice to Send Daughters to EAPrep

Posted on January 29, 2018

Austin, TX (January 22, 2018)— East Austin College Prep (EAPrep) parent, Irma Hipolito, sends her daughters, Monica and Maria to EAPrep because she has a choice. Irma's oldest daughter Monica graduated last spring and is currently attending The University of Texas at Austin. Maria is currently a senior at East Austin College Prep. 

East Austin College Prep is participating in National School Choice Week from January 21-27, 2018. National School Choice Week shines a spotlight on effective education options for children and empowers parents to make the best choice for their kids to achieve their dreams. Irma made the decision to send her daughters to East Austin College Prep because she liked the school's mission, which aligned with her hopes and dreams for her children. "I also wanted to send my daughters here because the school promised a scholarship for college and they followed through with it," says Irma. 

Irma knew that she wanted them to not only graduate high school, but also go to college. Originally from rural Hidalgo, Mexico, Irma did not have the opportunity to receive an education because there were no schools nearby. 

"I am happy to have a choice in my education because knowing that my mom did not have an education, to having her daughters have the best education--that is a big milestone," says Monica. "I always thought about how if my mom did not send me to EAPrep, I wouldn't be where I am today. EAPrep was like a family and I had all these opportunities that I wouldn't have had at a different school."

East Austin College Prep has not only provided Irma's daughters with a quality education but they have also provided Monica with a $4,000 scholarship to attend UT. "I am thankful for the help they give her from Southwest Key because it's difficult for us to gather money," says Irma. 

“The Southwest Key scholarship helps to eliminate some of the financial barriers students are faced with while in school. By providing scholarships to students, we are investing in their future and creating a community of support that promotes college persistence,” says Kristan Silva, Post-secondary Support Coordinator at Southwest Key Programs. 

Southwest Key Programs, is a non-profit organization that founded EAPrep in 2009 and provides wraparound support to the school's students and families. Southwest Key Programs provided over $100,000 in scholarships dollars to alumni of East Austin College Prep since 2016.

"I am happy that my daughters have an option in their education because they will succeed in life and go further in life than me. I didn't have the opportunity and now they do. It makes me very happy." says Irma.

The people named in the article are available for interviews upon request. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Lizzie Chen at or 512-909-6440.


About East Austin College Prep
East Austin College Prep (EAPrep) is the realization of a long-standing dream to have a free, public community school in the heart of the Govalle/Johnston Terrace neighborhood of East Austin. Founded by Southwest Key Programs in 2009, EAPrep provides a rigorous, college-preparatory education to students in grades PK-12, focusing on academics as well as on community service through parental and community engagement and cultural arts activities.  

About Southwest Key Programs: 
Southwest Key Programs is a minority-led, national nonprofit headquartered in Austin, Texas. It was founded in 1987 by current CEO/el Presidente Dr. Juan Sánchez to provide services that positively impact the lives of youth and families. 
Through the East Austin Children's Promise initiative, SouthwestKey offers opportunities for the community to participate in educational, job training, cultural arts, and health and wellness programming as well as community building.  

National School Choice Week: 
As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort, National School Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for students, families, and communities around the country.