VC hosts Justin Forrest Cox “Beat the Odds” Scholars

Victoria College recently hosted 15 local high school students who were awarded the Justin Forrest Cox “Beat the Odds” Middle School Incentive Scholarship.

In addition to up to $2,000 in scholarship funds award to each recipient of the “Beat the Odds” Program, VC and the University of Houston-Victoria will each award up to five $1,000 scholarships per year to Incentive Scholars who choose to enroll at VC and then transfer to UHV. 

The Justin Forrest Cox “Beat the Odds” Memorial Scholarship, founded in 1998 by Gary and Mary Cox, is awarded annually in memory of their son Justin Cox.

The “Beat the Odds” Scholars program specifically serves incoming ninth grade students identified by middle school counselors who are struggling to overcome difficult situations, and as a result, may be at risk of dropping out of school. These situations can range from extreme financial hardships such as homelessness, difficult family situations such as a parent in prison, or even extreme health issues such as overcoming cancer or healing after a heart transplant.

“This scholarship serves to encourage and support these students throughout their education and give them the tools they need to see their dreams realized,” said Mary Cox.

Criteria for the scholarship include strict attendance, behavior and volunteer requirements along with maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average.

 “Many of the students who have benefited from our scholarship programs in the past have gone on to become extremely successful,” said Cox. “We have a student who is currently studying at Texas A&M and some of our past graduates include a surveyor, a teacher, a nurse and one who is a physical therapist now in Lubbock.”

“VC is proud to partner with Gary and Mary Cox to help provide area students with the means to beat their odds and make their own lives bright and successful,” said Jennifer Yancey, vice president of college advancement and external affairs.

The “Beat the Odds” Scholars recently visited VC, where they:

  • Attended presentations on topics such as admissions, enrollment, financial aid, academic advising and student support services
  • Met with VC administrators, faculty, staff and students
  • Learned about what campus life is like from the VC Student Ambassadors
  • Received information about how to earn college credit while in high school
Published: Thursday, 14 April 2011

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