The Coastal Bend Community Foundation held their 7th Annual Scholarship Awards Brunch to honor their donors, students and parents.

This year's scholarship awards were given to a diverse group of students from the seven-county service area who will pursue majors in arts, business, education, engineering, nursing, mathematics and science.

To date this year, over $325,000 in scholarships has been awarded.

C.W. Carpenter said he donated in honor of his wife.

She was a counselor and worked hard to find scholarships for students throughout the Coastal Bend.

He said she passed away a year ago and he felt this was the perfect way to honor her memory.

Andrea Caldera, a future Islander, said this scholarship helps relieve the stress of having to worry about funds while in school.