AEP Texas has contributed $15,000 to help fund participation by 100 Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley high school students in the National Hispanic Institute's upcoming summer leadership programs.

Julio Reyes, AEP Texas vice president of External Affairs, presented the contribution to Nicole Sada, NHI vice president for advancement, during a ceremony held Friday at Carroll High School in Corpus Christi.

Stephanie Rodriguez, a freshman at Carroll, and Alan Montelongo, a sophomore at the school, were recognized as two of the students who will be receiving partial funding to participate in NHI programs.

NHI's programs are designed to develop leadership skills for top-performing Latino high school students. These include the Young Leaders Conference, which focuses on communications skills for high school freshmen, and the Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session, where high school sophomores and juniors practice organizational management and public policy skills in a mock legislative session.

"We are especially proud to support the National Hispanic Institute. This program will help create tomorrow's leaders by giving them the skills necessary to reach their full potential," Reyes said. "It is an outstanding program with an impressive and long record of achievement. Our support of the NHI program supports the long-term goal of AEP Texas to help sustain future growth and development throughout its service territory."