All eleven of founding class graduates earn academic scholarships

 In August of 2016, 11 incoming high school seniors left the schools they were attending to enroll at IDEA Toros College Prep in Edinburg. According to the IDEA Toros website, “IDEA Toros partners with the Toros Futbol Club, a professional soccer team based in the Rio Grande Valley, to pair an excellent education with an intensive soccer program. Students partake in both rigorous academic instruction and extensive soccer training, guided by talented educators in the classroom and professional soccer players on the field.”

These 11 seniors are the first to graduate from IDEA Toros College Prep, and they definitely made their mark, with seven of the graduates earning soccer scholarships and all eleven earning academic scholarships. Here you will learn a little bit more about the first graduating class from IDEA Toros.

Elias Adame

Previously attended Juarez-Lincoln High School

The best part of transferring to IDEA Toros is “the way they help us more in college work since we are a small class.”
Will attend University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, where he will be playing Division I soccer.

He will major in psychology or kinesiology.

Carlos Arciniega

Previously attended Sharyland High School

The best part of transferring to IDEA Toros is that “not only have my academics improved, but my athletic ability has, as well.”

Will attend UTRGV in Edinburg and hopes to play Division I soccer there.

He will major in electrical engineering.

Rodrigo Blanco

Previously attended Progreso High School

The best part of transferring to IDEA Toros is “playing soccer year-round.”
Will attend UTRGV in Edinburg or University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, where he will play Division I soccer.

He will major in business accounting.

Cesar Coronado

Previously attended Juarez-Lincoln High School

The best part of transferring to IDEA Toros is “I got to focus on academics.”
Will attend Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho.

He will major in civil engineering. 

Isabella Marinaro (the only female in the group)

Previously attended Sharyland High School

The best part of transferring to IDEA Toros is “the training, the opportunities, and the education, but mostly the soccer part of it.”

Will attend the University of Houston, where she will play Division I soccer.

She will major in political science. Her ultimate goal is to be both a lawyer and a professional soccer player. 

Jesus Martinez

Previously attended IDEA Quest College Prep

The best part of transferring to IDEA Toros is “beginning a new era at IDEA Toros and being challenged with AP classes and soccer.”

Will attend UTRGV while continuing to play soccer with the Toros Academy.

He will major in electrical engineering.

His message: “Thank you to all of the IDEA Toros staff for guiding me to college and to the Toros.” 

Jose Martinez

Previously attended Harlingen High School

The best part of transferring to IDEA Toros is “the academics. The teachers help you a lot to be prepared to go to college and to finish your career.”

Will attend UTRGV in Edinburg

He will major in business with a goal of being a financial analyst manager.

Ruben Mendez

Previously attended Sharyland High School

The best part of transferring to IDEA Toros is “being able to attend the college of my dreams.”

Will attend University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, where he will play Division I soccer.

He will major in business.

His message: “I am just very grateful for everything.”

Jose Peña, Jr.

Previously attended McAllen High School

The best part of transferring to IDEA Toros is “being able to attend college and play soccer.”

Will attend University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico, where he will play National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) soccer.

He will major in business. 

Diego Ramirez

Previously attended Sharyland Pioneer High School

The best part of transferring to IDEA Toros is “being able to play the sport I love for hours each day and the unbelievable learning.”

Will attend the Air Force Academy in Colorado, where he will play Division I soccer

He will major in physical therapy.

Ignacio Villarreal

Previously attended IDEA Pharr College Prep

The best part of transferring to IDEA Toros is “meeting new people.”

Will attend UTRGV in Edinburg.

He will major in business management. 

Messages for the graduates from the IDEA Toros Administration, Faculty, and Staff:

Bradley Scott, Founding Principal

“Set your goals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you.”

Sean Romero, 11th and 12th grade teacher

“You have left your mark at IDEA Toros. Now continue to leave it in college.”

Nora Cuevas, 9th and 10th grade teacher

“Be patient with yourself. Live life to the fullest and always focus on the positive.”

Teresa Lopez, Operations Manager

“Trust your intuition. Graduation is a time of completion; however, it is also a time of celebration. You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

Sandra Cepeda, Middle School Teacher

“Be humble and accept what you do not know, but do something to figure it out.”