Applications sought for VC’s ‘What’s Your Story?’ scholarship

Applications for Victoria College’s 2015 “What’s Your Story?” scholarship are now being accepted. A winner selected from four categories will be given a $1,000 scholarship to VC.

Essay entries should be 500-700 words in length, and video submissions should be 2-3 minutes. The application and essay or video entry can be submitted online by visiting the Victoria College “What’s Your Story?” webpage at Videos and essays must be submitted no later than Friday, April 10, and winners will be notified Monday, May 11.

Contest entries may be submitted in one of the following categories:

  •     AAS Degrees and Certificates
  •     AA & AS Degrees/Academic Transfer
  •     Video
  •     Adult Education

To be eligible for the contest in the first three categories, students must be currently enrolled at Victoria College and plan to attend VC in the fall 2015 semester, have completed at least six credit hours towards an associate degree or certificate, have at least a 2.0 overall grade point average, and be available to attend the Donor Appreciation Breakfast on May 20.

Adult Education students who are eligible for the contest must plan to attend VC in a credit or noncredit program for the fall 2015 semester and have received, or will receive, their GED before fall 2015. The winner in this category must also attend the Donor Appreciation Breakfast on May 20.

The topic for this year’s competition is “Tell us how Victoria College brings more ______ to your life.”

“The ‘What’s Your Story?’ essay contest is an opportunity for students to tell their story on how Victoria College has impacted their lives,” said Amy Mundy, Victoria College Foundation executive director. “It’s important that students hear these stories and be inspired to take that next step in achieving their educational goals. We want all students to know they can succeed, and this is one of the many ways we accomplish that.”

Since 2009, 20 students have been awarded the “What’s Your Story?” scholarship.

Recipients of the 2014 “What’s Your Story?” scholarship were: Hannah Jaschke, Alma Medrano, Omar Ramos and Hayde Renteria.

Jaschke said the advisors at VC helped her realize that she didn’t have to make life-changing decisions her first few years at school and that her time would not be wasted while deciding on her future degree.

Medrano had left school when she was 16 and spent the next several years as a wife and mother raising five children. When two of her children wanted to quit school, she made a deal with them. If they would stay in school to complete their students, so would she. Following through, Medrano earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from VC and works as a registered nurse at Warm Springs Post Acute Care Speciality Hospital.

Renteria began her Victoria College journey at the Adult Education Center by enrolling in Students Accelerated through Integrated Learning (SAIL) Program to become a nurse aide. Her first two attempts to earn her GED were unsuccessful, but now she is motivated to complete her training with the goal of becoming a nurse working with special-needs babies.

Ramos won the new video category of the scholarship competition with his two-minute entry. In his video, Ramos said that, “with the right mindset and determination, achieving your dream is possible.”

“We were thrilled to meet and honor our 2014 ‘What’s Your Story?’ scholarship recipients,” Mundy said. “Their stories of overcoming adversity to succeed need to be shared.”

For more information, visit or contact Susan Prukop at (361) 582-2419.

Photo caption: The 2014 winners of the “What’s Your Story?” scholarship pictured with VC President Dr. Tom Butler are seated from left, Omar Ramos and Hannah Jaschke. Standing from left are Alma Medrano, Butler and Hayde Renteria. The winners were recognized at a Donor Appreciation Breakfast last May.

Published: Friday, 20 March 2015

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