Three RGC Students Benefit from Scholarship Program

Pictured from left to right are Paul Sorrels, Vice President of RGC, student Alicia Dowell, and Sid Cauthorn, CEO of The Bank and Trust

Isabel Saenz, left, Vice President, Retail Banking Manager, posed for a photo with RGC scholarship recipient Daritza Hernandez. Dr. Sorrels and Mr. Cauthorn congratulated Emmanuel Odin (center) for earning the scholarship.

By Laura Nelson

Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College students Alicia Dowell, Daritza Hernandez, and Emmanuel Odin received generous scholarships from The Bank and Trust in Del Rio for the 2015-2016 school year.

Alicia Dowell, originally from Eagle Pass, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rio Grande College in 2014 and she is now working on a Master’s of Education in Counseling. After graduating in December 2016, she plans to earn Licensed Professional Counselor credentials. While speaking about how the scholarship benefited her, the single mother said, “The scholarship started a chain reaction. They help me, and I, in turn, help others.” She hopes to work as a child therapist and is particularly excited to empower young women.

Daritza Hernandez also likes working with children. She finished the Ready Set Teach program in Del Rio High School, and although she started in higher education as a math major, she decided she wanted to work with younger children. The Del Rio native will graduate in the summer of 2016 with a degree in bilingual education. Daritza hopes to teach in her home town and plans to earn a master’s degree in counseling.

Emmanuel Odin moved to Texas from Belize to continue his education. He and his wife Funmi lived in Dallas three years, but after meeting Father Clay Hunt III of St. Joseph Church, the couple decided to make Del Rio home. He plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in education. Due to his student status in the U.S., he is unable to work full-time and said the scholarship is a “saving grace.” He finds great satisfaction in touching the lives of others and would like to stay in Del Rio and make the community a better place.

Scholarship recipients are chosen based on common criteria such as grades and residency plus The Bank and Trust also expects the students to take a financial literacy class. The free short course is offered by several area banks each semester and is open to all RGC students. Bank employees teach money management tools such as setting financial goals, developing and using a budget, and finding out how student loan debt repayment may affect their finances for years following graduation.

For information about RGC scholarships and how to apply, visit, email or call 830.703.4824.