VC students transfer to A&M, receive scholarships

Four Victoria College students transferring to Texas A&M University in College Station have each been awarded $3,250 in scholarships. This year’s recipients are Hanna Diefenbach, Sunny Monroe, Kyle Schoenemann, and Dennis “Denny” Williams.

“With majors of construction science, psychology, engineering, and biomedical sciences, the four recipients of the Victoria College Transfer Student Endowed Scholarships are well-equipped to continue their educational pursuits at Texas A&M University,” said Amy Mundy, Victoria College Foundation executive director. “It is gratifying to recognize these students with funds to assist in extending their academic goals.”

Recipients were selected by a scholarship selection committee made up of both University of Texas and Texas A&M alumni, but the majority of this year's scholarship applicants indicated a desire to transfer to Texas A&M.

Diefenbach is following in her parents’ footsteps as both attended VC and earned associate degrees. She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and possibly minor in psychology. The St. Joseph High School 2015 graduate is taking a dual credit class this summer and joins her brother, who is also taking VC summer courses.

She found VC to be a “great stepping stone” for those transferring to a university.

“Victoria College has given me a good foundation for more challenging classes in the future,” Diefenbach said. “It also taught me how to build relationships with professors through good communication.”

Monroe, a 2012 graduate of Victoria East High School, plans to pursue a master’s degree in psychology and study art therapy. Since attending VC, Monroe said she has become more outgoing and determined to make things happen for herself.

“The Victoria College community has truly brought me out of my shell and has set me up for success for a lifetime,” Monroe said. “It has also boosted my confidence in being able to support myself while I attend Texas A&M University. Now, I am even more determined to make good use of all the support Victoria College and my family has given me and stay focused in furthering my education in psychology.”

Schoenemann, who plans to study engineering, began taking three dual credit classes at VC during his junior year in high school. The 2015 graduate of Yoakum High School said VC was a good choice, and he is happy he took dual credit classes.
“Dual credit classes are a great opportunity for students in high school,” Schoenemann said. “They definitely help you learn what real college classes are like. It’s very different from what I was used to in high school.”

Williams, a 2014 St. Joseph High School graduate, was named to the fall 2014 Dean’s List and is a recent inductee of VC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in construction science. He said VC provided him with a great education and experience in a good learning environment.

“All the professors and instructors are very helpful,” Williams said. “You can ask them anything. All the students here are very nice. Victoria College is a great school to attend. You have a wonderful opportunity for a great education.”

The Victoria College Transfer Student Endowed Scholarship Fund was established to assist VC students in furthering their education at either Texas A&M University or The University of Texas at Austin. The endowment was funded by the M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation, and the scholarship recipients are chosen by representatives from the Victoria County A&M Club and the Victoria Texas Exes. Since its inception in 2001, $115,000 has been awarded to 41 students transferring to either A&M or UT.

 

Hanna Diefenbach
Hanna Diefenbach
Sunny Monroe
Sunny Monroe
Kyle Schoenemann
Kyle Schoenemann
Dennis Williams
Dennis Williams

 

Published: Thursday, 25 June 2015
 

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