Maxey Companies Scholarship Awarded to RGC Student

By Laura Nelson

Irma Tapia

​Eagle Pass-Irma Tapia has earned the Maxey Companies scholarship, an award started for Sul Ross Rio Grande College students by CEO Merlin Maxey to support local education.

The native of Eagle Pass plans to graduate in May of 2017 with a teaching degree and has been taking courses that will lead to an Early Childhood-6th Grade Bilingual Generalist endorsement on her teaching certificate.

The first person to attend college in her family, she thanked Maxey Companies for the scholarship and added, “This scholarship will allow me to take summer classes so I can finish my degree sooner. Also, I can be an example for my daughter, my nephew, and my sisters plus make my parents proud.”

Ms. Tapia is employed as a work/study student in the Admissions and Records Office at Rio Grande College. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, she plans to stay in the area to teach and will then explore the possibility of earning a master’s degree in counseling.

The Maxey Companies fund one of several community-based scholarships for RGC students. For a complete list of scholarships and how to apply, see