Victoria College to offer $1,000 scholarship for winning essays

Last year's winners, from left, are Kimberly McGill, David Petty (seated) and Martha Montemayor Martin, with VC President Dr. Tom Butler

Victoria College wants to know “What’s Your Story?”

VC students are encouraged to write a short essay that tells how Victoria College changed their lives for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

The essays should be 500-700 words in length and submitted no later than Wednesday, April 10. Winners will be notified by April 24. The application and essay can be submitted online by visiting the Victoria College “What’s Your Story?” webpage at

To be eligible for the contest, students must be currently enrolled at Victoria College, have completed at least 6 credit hours towards an associate degree or certificate, have at least a 2.0 overall grade point average, and plan to enroll at VC for the fall 2013 semester.

Each year, the top three essay winners are chosen as VC scholarship recipients and future college ambassadors.

Previous essay contest winner David Petty said that once he enrolled at VC, it changed several things in his life.

“I first came here looking for a career, but I came out with much more than that – with friends, professors, just people helping and encouraging me,” Petty said. “Victoria College has given me the confidence to achieve the unachievable.”

Martha Montemayor Martin, another essay contest winner, had been laid off from her job and then worked part time at a hospital, “which wasn’t enough hours.”

“My life was in a situation where I wanted to do more,” she said.

Last year’s winners are featured in a short video at VictoriaCollege,edu/WYS

For more information about the essay contest, contact Lisa DeVries at (361) 572-6474 or Satwik Dasgupta at (361) 573-3291 ext. 3367, or send an email to

Published: Thursday, 21 February 2013

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