I am truly blessed to have the amazing opportunity to be part of the Timothy O’Shaughnessy Foundation family. I look forward to being around a great group of people that carry on Timothy’s legacy as they all dare to be different.”

Israel Torres


B.S. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Wichita State University, 2028

A.A.S., Aviation Maintenance Technology
Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology, 2024

High School:

Wichita Northeast Magnet High School, 2024
Wichita, KS

Activities and Interests:

Israel Torres of Wichita Northeast Magnet High School is a proud recipient of the 2024 Timothy P. O’Shaughnessy Lifelong Learning Scholarship.

Israel was born in Wichita, Kansas, and he and his brother, Jassiel, were raised by their parents, Jose Luis and Esmeralda.

On May 14, 2024, Israel will graduate with his high school diploma as valedictorian and his associate degree in aviation maintenance technology at Wichita State University of Applied Sciences and Technology. As a first-generation college student, he plans to study Mechanical Engineering while still maintaining his heavy involvement in extracurriculars and community service.

As a student at Northeast Magnet, he enjoys being involved as he is aware of the importance that school spirit and inclusivity have on a student’s academic performance. Through his involvement, he has been able to develop skills in leadership and communication. At Northeast, he currently serves as Student Body President, Co-President of the UNICEF Club, and Treasurer of the National Honor Society.

As a member of the Superintendent’s Advisory Council, Israel has been able to ensure students’ voices are heard. He is passionate about improving the education of those in the Wichita Public Schools district who come after him. He has also interned at Textron Aviation in electrical engineering and customer service. To rejuvenate, he enjoys volunteering at the Lord’s Diner and spending time with his family.

Israel hopes to inspire others to make the most of their opportunities so they, too, can work to advance the next generation.