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Sandy with StudentsSandy’s ScholarTrips was founded in 2015 in honor of retired CISDR President & CEO, Sandy Chavarria, with the program starting in 2016. This project provides a summer trip experience for CISDR students — expanding their horizons above and beyond the classroom. This year, for the third summer in a row, CISDR staff planned three respective trips for elementary, middle and high school students who might not otherwise see the world beyond their own neighborhoods.

“This experience made me get rid of my fear of heights by getting on an airplane for the first time. I learned that there are so many differences between Texas and Washington D.C., like most of the people use the Metro or walk to get around, and the environment is a lot cleaner.”
— Arlyn A., 10th grade
“The trip was fun. I got to meet new people from other schools at the National 4H Conference Center and see various places.”
— Leslie C., 11th grade
“I had a lot of fun and I made new friends who I talk to a lot now after the trip. It was fun to see all the museums and all the walking trips we had. It was just amazing, and I’ll never forget it.”
— Viviana T., 11th grade

2018 ScholarTrips

Elementary School Dallas Day Trips
Middle School NASA Trip
High School Washington, DC Trip

Get Involved

If you would like to donate to help send a student on a this year’s trip, please contact us at or feel free to mail to CISDR SSTrips, 1341 W Mockingbird Ln, Ste 1000E, Dallas, TX 75247.