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‘Education is our Freedom’ Scholarship Program Awards 35 Islander Scholarships

September 19, 2017

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Nueces County Commissioner Joe A. Gonzalez (JAG) visited Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to renew his pledge to student success. In the President’s Office on Sept. 19, he proudly presented a check totaling $25,200 to fund scholarships for 35 Islander students. The scholarships are part of the Joe A. Gonzalez (JAG) Education Is Our Freedom General Educational Development (GED) College Scholarship Program. Through this program, Coastal Bend GED students and senior high school students interested in pursuing a higher education are able to achieve opportunities otherwise less available. This year, the program benefited more than 100 college, university or technical school bound students.

“Education is our freedom; education is our life. Education helps students be whatever they want to be,” said Gonzalez. “Without an education, it can be hard to support a family or even yourself. With it, you have choices. Education can open a lot of doors.”

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi matches the Education is our Freedom scholarship of students deciding to attend the Island University, dollar for dollar, to help ensure student success. A&M-Corpus Christi is dedicated to making an impact in providing empowering opportunities that benefit the Coastal Bend community and workforce.

“These scholarships are vital and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is grateful for Judge JAG’s support of all students,” said Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “We are happy to be a part of what he does for the community. We look forward to finding additional opportunities to partner together in the future.”

According to Quintanilla, scholarships allow students to work a little less, so they can take advantage of what the campus has to offer, such as research opportunities, service learning and extracurricular activities that shape them into the future leaders of their communities. 

The Education is Our Freedom Scholarship Program was created to memorialize Dr. Hector P. Garcia, Dr. Clotilde “Cleo” P. Garcia and Dr. Xicotencati “Xico” P. Garcia, who believed education is everyone’s right and everyone should have an opportunity to attend college.

“We have given scholarships to students in a variety of fields,” said Gonzalez. “They’re engineers, nurses, accountants, teachers and coaches. Scholarships change people’s lives – not only making them productive members of society, but also many of the recipients donate back to the scholarship fund that helped them succeed.”

For more information on scholarships available to A&M-Corpus Christi students, click here.