By: Meredith Hillgartner
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LUBBOCK, TX- Elizabeth Mata and Samantha Gonzalez's hard work is finally paying off.
The two La Mesa high school seniors have put their blood, sweat and tears into their school work and this week they were rewarded with a full scholarship to Texas Tech, thanks to the Terry Foundation.
What makes the reward sweeter?
The two are best friends.
"I am more than happy to go to Tech," Mata said. "This is where my mom and dad went, so I am excited to kind of follow in their footsteps."
Requirements for the scholarship include: high leadership, scholarship and need.
All of which Mata and Gonzalez fulfill.
They both have outstanding grades, are athletes and are in several clubs at school and in the community.
But they are not the only ones.
This year the Terry Foundation gave Texas Tech scholarships to 32 students around the state.
In its' four years since being started at Tech, the program has awarded 96 scholarships and is a major project of Chancellor Kent Hance, who is friends with the charities founder Howard Terry.
"He originally started off giving it to Texas and Texas A&M," Hance said "So I went to see him about four years ago and said 'Howard you need to help us out.'"