The special guest of honor for the seventh annual student scholarship fundraiser set for December 3, 2011 at Texas State Technical College Harlingen will be U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa of Mercedes.
In a special statement the congressman, who represents Texas District 15, urged individuals and companies to help qualifying student applicants obtain financial assistance necessary to receive a college diploma. “Government financial aid through grants and loans does not pay for all the tuition and fees for every student. We must do all that we can to ensure that every student, who works hard and wants to attend college, will have the support they need to accomplish their goals.” Hinojosa said.
Associate Vice President of External Relations Angie Gonzalez coordinates the event. For more information please contact her at 800.852.8784, extension 4500, 956.364.4500, or email@example.com. Local contributions are matched with $100,000 from The Long Foundation – under the leadership of Joe and Teresa Long of Austin – with the Lozano Long Promise Opportunity Scholarship funds. Some of the past gala honorees include the Honorable Judge Filemon Vela (2005), Joe and Teresa Long (2006), Connie de la Garza (2008), Col. William “Bill” Card (2009), and Frank Boggus (2010).
“Many students and their families work hard to pursue higher education that leads to careers. We want to do whatever is possible to enable deserving students at TSTC to achieve success because their success builds the economic strength and quality of life in our communities” said Hinojosa.
Hinojosa is serving his eighth term in office after his election in 1996. The 15th District extends from the Rio Grande to GoliadCounty and includes the Coastal Bend region. Much of the area is rural, but Hidalgo and Cameron counties are among the fastest growing urban populations in the nation.
College President Dr. Cesar Maldonado called the congressman a “champion” for college students and expanding employment opportunities in the Rio GrandeValley.
“We are honored to thank the congressman for supporting our college and its students,” Dr. Maldonado said. “He understands the value of our technical programs in meeting increased industry demand for highly trained employees in Texas and beyond. More than 90 percent of our graduates are placed in very rewarding careers and one-half of our students strive to complete the Academic Core transfer credit package to enter a four-year university.”
The University Center - featuring courses offered by four-year universities - at TSTC will open for fall semester 2011. Plans are under way to add new programs and expand existing majors in the Allied Health Technology, Computer Information System and Engineering Technology divisions. Details are available in the 2010 TSTC Harlingen Annual Report, which is posted on the college Web site at www.harlingen.tstc.edu.