Cristina Castillo-Gandarilla has been named the 2012 merit scholarship recipient of the Bonnie and Tab Beall Family Endowment.  Castillo-Gandarilla was the salutatorian of the 2012 graduating class for John Tyler High School.

She was selected by a committee of John Tyler High School (JTHS) administrators, counselors, faculty members and others at JTHS.  Cristina plans to attend The University of Texas at San Antonio.  Her plans are to major in Biology-Pre Med.

Some of her awards and activities include: A.M.I.G.O.S. Club 2nd Vice President; French Club Vice President; National Honor Society Treasurer; and was named a Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA Scholar).

Community and School service activities included:  Boys and Girls Club; Greenbrier Nursing Home volunteer; and an East Texas Food Bank volunteer.

She is the daughter of Mrs. Emma Gandarilla of Tyler.


According to the fund agreement designed by Tab Beall, three-term president of the Tyler ISD Foundation, their family scholarship is “to provide college education based upon need.  The award is designed to help someone go to college (university) who could not otherwise afford to attend.”  The fund is managed by the Tyler ISD Foundation and will remain the same in perpetuity.


“We are bound to honor the intent of the donor with endowments to the Tyler ISD Foundation such as the Beall Family Endowment,” stated Larry Goddard, executive director of the Foundation.  “We value the Beall’s generosity in all areas of the mission of the Foundation—but most especially this fund which will be providing scholarships to Tyler ISD graduates long after all of us are gone.” The fund awards graduates from both Robert E. Lee High School and John Tyler High School.

Bonnie Beall was an educator in mathematics, and Tab, a local attorney with Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins and Mott, LLP.