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Veterans Club Awards Two Scholarships

Friday, March 21, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

Veteran ScholarshipThe Veteran Student Alliance (VSA) Club awarded its first two scholarships in a small ceremony during the bi-weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Veteran's Center at Texas State Technical College.

Norma Mendiola and Frank Nayavich each received $300 scholarship from the club to assist with school-related costs.

Nayavich is currently enrolled in his second semester in the Business Management Technology Program and will use the money to help pay for books.

"This will come in handy and is very helpful," said Nayavich, a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. "That's what this club is about. We're here to help each other and assist each other the best we can."

Nayavich said the TSTC has always been very good to veterans and this is another example.

"TSTC is here to help us out and that's what veterans do for one another, they help out," Nayavich said. "This center is great. We come in here and help each other out."

VSA President Abel Gutierrez said funds for the scholarship were accumulated through different fundraisers throughout the year. The VSA has sold barbecue plates and sold food items at TSTC evengts to raise money.

He said the club's goal was to award three scholarships but funds only allowed for two. Gutierrez said he hopes to award three every semester and possibly increase the amount in the future.

"I'm just glad we awarded two...it's a start," Gutierrez said. "If we can help a little bit, that's what this is about. Books can get expensive and maybe this will help these students with some extra money for books and supplies."

Gutierrez said student veterans applied for the scholarship and the applications were reviewed by a committee of student veterans and faculty.

"We're glad to be giving back to our veterans," Gutierrez said.

In September, TSTC was named a Military Friendly School for the third straight year by Victory Media for the year 2014. The distinction ranked TSTC in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide, according to a press release by Victory Media.

Victory Media is a global medium that covers the military community of troops, veterans and their family members with content targeted to unique needs at critical military life stages.

In July, TSTC opened the doors to the Veterans Center on campus. The Veteran's Center serves as a centralized point of contact to assist prospective and current veterans, veterans' dependents and active duty military students through college resources to ensure a successful college experience.

For more information on veterans services, go to http://www.tstc.edu/harlingenva.

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