Reporter’s notebook: Scholarship created to honor brother

The family of former Clovis News Journal employee Stephen Aguilar is establishing a scholarship in his name for Clovis High School seniors to attend New Mexico State University, according to his brother, Thomas Aguilar.

Stephen Aguilar was 46 when he died in a car accident Nov. 1, 2006.

“This (scholarship) represents everything that Steve was about,” said his brother, Tom Aguilar. “He impacted so many of those that he came to know and love.”

Aguilar said his brother had a positive outlook and wanted to help others.

“This is a great opportunity to provide (students in Clovis) with much needed help in getting off to a great start in their first year at NMSU,” he said.

Thomas Aguilar is an alumnus of New Mexico State University.

Stephen Aguilar’s daughter, Stephenie Aguilar, is a senior at Clovis High.

The scholarship provides $1,000 each semester to a student who has at least a 2.5 grade-point average.

To apply for the scholarship, a student is required to write an essay explaining why the money would help them, their educational goals and how they intend to help others in the future.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Liliana Castillo. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is:

rwhite@cnjonline.com