The Education is Our Freedom Back-to-School Rally and College Fair kicked off Friday morning at the Tejano Civil Rights Museum and Resource Center in Heritage Park.

The event, which gives area high school seniors and those who plan on getting their GED a chance to win one of eight $500-$1,000 scholarships, began at 10:30 a.m. with performances from Corpus Christi Independent School District bands. Official ceremonies began at 11 a.m. and scholarship winners were announced at noon.

Following the announcement of scholarship winners, students were given the chance to visit with admissions representatives from Texas A&M Universities in Kingsville and Corpus Christi, as well as Del Mar College.