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Southwest Key Creates Music Scholarship In Honor of Draylen Mason

Teenager Draylen Mason plays the upright bass dressed in a black suit coat and black dress shirt.

Draylen Mason performs at Bass Concert Hall in 2016.

Draylen Mason was a 17 year-old senior at Southwest Key’s partner school, East Austin College Prep, who was killed on March 12, 2018 by a package bomb left at the door of his home. In honor of Draylen’s love of music and his benevolent nature, Southwest Key has established the Draylen Mason Scholarship Fund. Donations to this fund will be awarded to graduates of East Austin College Prep who plan to study music. Draylen's legacy will live on through this fund that commemorates his gift and passion for music. Donations can be made online through the EAPrep scholarship website DreamsNeverSettle.org, or you can mail a check made payable to Southwest Key Programs and note "Draylen Mason Scholarship" on the memo line to:

Sharon Yarbrough
Southwest Key Programs
6002 Jain Lane
Austin, TX 78721

For Donors who would like to contribute in Draylen's honor to the music /orchestra program at EAPrep, please send a check, payable to East Austin College Prep and note "Draylen Mason's Music Program" on the memo line to:

Mr. Jaime Huerta
Superintendent of Schools
Promesa Public Schools
5800 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Austin, TX 78721

Southwest Key crea una beca de música en honor a Draylen Mason

Draylen Mason era un estudiante de último año de 17 años en la escuela asociada con Southwest Key, East Austin College Prep, que fue asesinado el 12 de marzo de 2018 por un bomba empaquetada que quedó en la puerta de su casa. En honor al amor de Draylen por la música y su naturaleza benévola, Southwest Key ha establecido la beca, Draylen Mason Scholarship Fund. Las donaciones a esta beca se otorgarán a los graduados de East Austin College Prep que planeen estudiar música. El legado de Draylen por compartir su pasión por la música continuará con este fondo. Para donar a la beca, Draylen Mason Scholarship Fund, visite la pagina web DreamsNeverSettle.org.

Las donaciones pueden hacerse en línea a través del sitio web de becas DreamsNeverSettle.org o puede enviar por correo un cheque a nombre de Southwest Key Programs y anotar "Draylen Mason Scholarship" en la línea a:

Sharon Yarbrough
Southwest Key Programs
6002 Jain Lane
Austin, TX 78721

Para los donantes que deseen contribuir en honor de Draylen al programa de música / orquesta de EAPrep, envíen un cheque a nombre de East Austin College Prep y anoten en la línea "Draylen Mason's Music Program

Mr. Jaime Huerta
Superintendente de Escuelas
Promesa Public Schools
5800 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Austin, TX 78721"

Official Statement from East Austin College Prep

East Austin College Prep Mourns The Loss of Our Dear Student

AUSTIN, TX (March 13, 2018)—It is with deep sadness that the administration, faculty and staff of East Austin College Prep announce a recent loss to our school community. On Monday, March 12, 2018, East Austin College Prep Senior Draylen Mason was killed at his home in East Austin by an unknown attacker. Our hearts are with his family as they come to terms with this tragedy, and with our students and their families who loved him. Draylen attended EAPrep from 6th through 12th grade and was well known throughout the school community for his infectious smile, his love of music and dance, and his devotion to helping others through service opportunities at school and with his church. EAPrep Secondary School Principal Erica Gonzalez said, “Draylen was an EAPrep Tiger from way back and he was well-loved throughout the school. This senseless act has left a great void for all of us who knew him. We must use our voices to speak out against acts of violence.”

Draylen, who played in the school orchestra and studied martial arts, was due to graduate this semester with East Austin College Prep’s senior class of 2018. He had already been accepted to the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Texas double bass violin program as well as other schools. “I had the opportunity to meet Draylen many times throughout his years at EAPrep,” said Dr. Juan Sánchez, El Presidente/CEO of Southwest Key Programs. “He had a smile that lit up a room and you couldn’t help but smile back when he spoke to you. We will do our best every day to honor his spirit and continue his good works.”

About East Austin College Prep: East Austin College Prep is a free, public school, founded in 2009 by Southwest Key Programs, that provides a rigorous college preparatory education to students from PK–12th grade. The school also focuses student learning on community service and engagement, cultural arts activities and family engagement, acting as a central part of a larger community transformation initiative from Southwest Key Programs known as the East Austin Children's Promise.

About Southwest Key Programs: Southwest Key Programs is a national nonprofit with headquarters in Austin, Texas founded in 1987 to provide services that positively impact the lives of youth and families. The Southwest Key Programs mission is Opening doors to opportunity so individuals can achieve their dreams. To learn more about Southwest Key visit www.swkey.org.

East Austin College Prep lamenta la pérdida de nuestro querido estudiante Draylen Mason

AUSTIN, TX (13 de marzo de 2018) — Es con profunda tristeza que la administración, la facultad y el personal de East Austin College Prep anuncian una pérdida reciente para nuestra comunidad escolar. El lunes 12 de marzo de 2018, un agresor desconocido mató a Draylen Mason, estudiante del 12 ° grado de East Austin College Prep, en su casa al Este de Austin. Nuestros pensamientos están con su familia a medida que llegan a un acuerdo con esta tragedia, y con nuestros estudiantes y sus familias que lo amaron. Draylen asistió a EAPrep de 6 ° a 12 ° grado y era muy conocido en toda la comunidad escolar por su sonrisa contagiosa, su amor por la música y el baile, y su devoción por ayudar a otros a través de oportunidades de servicio en la escuela y con su iglesia. La directora de EAPrep Secondary School, Erica Gonzalez, dijo, "Draylen era un EAPrep Tiger desde hace mucho tiempo y era muy querido en toda la escuela. Este acto sin sentido ha dejado un gran vacío para todos los que lo conocimos. Debemos usar nuestras voces para hablar en contra de los actos de violencia ".

Draylen quien tocó en la orquesta de la escuela y estudió artes marciales, iba a graduarse este semestre con la clase de último año del 2018 de East Austin College Prep. Había sido aceptado en Butler School of Music en la Universidad de Texas en Austin y en el programa de violín de contrabajo de la Universidad del Norte de Texas, así como en otras escuelas. "Tuve la oportunidad de conocer a Draylen muchas veces a lo largo de sus años en EAPrep", dijo el Dr. Juan Sánchez, El Presidente / CEO de Southwest Key Programs. "Tenía una sonrisa que iluminaba una habitación y no podías evitar sonreír cuando te hablaba. Haremos nuestro mejor esfuerzo todos los días para honrar su espíritu y continuar sus buenas obras ".

Acerca de East Austin College Prep: East Austin College Prep es una escuela pública gratuita, fundada en 2009 por Southwest Key Programs, que brinda una educación de preparacion universitaria rigurosa a los estudiantes de PK-12 ° grado. La escuela también enfoca el aprendizaje de los estudiantes en servicio comunitario y compromiso, actividades de artes culturales y participación familiar, actuando como una parte central de una iniciativa más grande de transformación comunitaria de Southwest Key Programs conocida como East Austin Children's Promise.

Acerca de Southwest Key Programs: Southwest Key Programs es una organización nacional sin fines de lucro con sede en Austin, Texas, fundada en 1987 para proporcionar servicios que impactan positivamente en la vida de los jóvenes y sus familias. La misión de Southwest Key Programs es abrir puertas de oportunidad para que los individuos puedan alcanzar sus sueños. Para obtener más información sobre Southwest Key, visite www.swkey.org”