New Scholarship Program Seeks to Aid Early College H.S. Graduates

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POSTED: Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 3:48pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 7:34am

BROWNSVILLE - A new 3-million-dollar scholarship program was announced this morning at the University of Texas at Brownsville. The program was created by the Greater Texas Foundation and seeks to aid the growing number of early college high school graduates in Texas.

“We think there is a tremendous opportunity to take students who have been traditionally under served by higher education,” says GTF’s Executive Director Dr. Wynn Rosser. “They are the very students our state needs to succeed now.”

Rosser says the new program will provide financial assistance to more than 700 students over the next six years.

“It is a huge savings to the family and builds the student's confidence because they are college students in their freshman year of high school.”

Seventeen-year-old Eduardo Zavala has benefited firsthand from the program.

“We enter as fifteen year olds and as freshman,” says Zavala. “Throughout all four years it gives us the opportunity to have sixty college credit hours which is a big advantage.”

Zavala entered the program at fifteen years old and has dedicated himself from the start.

“No challenge is big enough for a person who wants to succeed,” says Zavala. “It was a pretty big challenge at first but thanks to our teachers they helped facilitate the college world for us.

He expects to graduate from high school this year with over sixty hours of college courses under his belt and says he will use the head start to pursue his political aspirations.

“I want to go to law school in Austin and this has really helped me because it has jump-started my political career.”

Zavala was rewarded with a one thousand dollar scholarship at the event today for the remainder of this college education.

“What we have found is when you set the bar high the students rise to meet it,” says Rosser.

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