Betel Velasquez Earns the First State Bank of Uvalde Scholarship

Dick Geries (at left), President and CEO of the First State Bank of Uvalde, and Paul Sorrels (right), Vice President and Dean of Sul Ross Rio Grande College, congratulate Betel Velasquez.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dick Geries (at left), President and CEO of the First State Bank of Uvalde, and Paul Sorrels (right), Vice President and Dean of Sul Ross Rio Grande College, congratulate Betel Velasquez.

 

By Laura Nelson

Uvalde native Betel Velasquez was awarded the First State Bank of Uvalde scholarship and commented that the gift will help her continue attending school full time.

She said, “I think it’s beautiful to get help from my community and am gratified the First State Bank gives this opportunity to Rio Grande College students.”

In addition to her college studies, Ms. Velasquez also works as a substitute in the Uvalde school system. She sees her second grade teacher at Anthon Elementary often, and even though she is raising a two-year old daughter and well on her way to earning a teaching degree, she is still unable to call her former teacher by her first name.

Such is the respect and admiration teachers can inspire and Betel hopes to provide that same motivation in a classroom of her own one day. She said she would like to teach for about five years and then finish a master’s degree either in counseling or school administration.

The First State Bank of Uvalde scholarship carries an unusual stipulation. Recipients agree to attend an approved financial literacy course that will educate them about using money management tools. Students learn to set financial goals, develop and keep a monthly budget, and discover how student loan debt can impact finances long after the degree has been earned.

For more information about this scholarship and others offered by Rio Grande College, see www.sulross.edu/page/2015/scholarships.

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