Cuellar Creates Advantages

RGC senior Jesus Cuellar, center, traveled to the Uvalde campus to personally thank Merlin Maxey, at right, CEO for the Maxey Companies scholarship. Dr. Paul Sorrels, Vice President of RGC, was also on hand to congratulate him.

By Laura Nelson

Now a senior at Sul Ross Rio Grande College, Jesus Cuellar wanted to gain an advantage when he decided on a career in law enforcement. Even though he could qualify for many jobs with his high school diploma, he chose to complete a bachelor’s degree before applying for positions.

He also took the time to apply for the Maxey Companies scholarship and complete the financial literacy class, which earned him extra money that he will use to help pay off his student loan. He graduates in the spring with a major in criminal justice and a minor in psychology, setting him up to join the law enforcement community in something more than an entry level position.

The Eagle Pass native currently works at Comanche Ranch, where he has been for five years since he was a sophomore in high school. He maintains the facilities that house the owner’s warbirds, vintage military aircraft that are flown to and exhibited at airshows. Jesus caught flying fever and hopes to earn a helicopter pilot’s license one day.

Cuellar has enjoyed taking classes from Dr. Martin Urbina, especially his criminal justice multiculturalism class. He said, “Everyone gets to express an opinion and students get to learn not just what the professor tells you, but also from other students.” He praised Urbina for encouraging students to see life differently and urging them to do to what is right for them. He also credits his parents with his desire to complete college as they have encouraged all of their children to earn degrees.

RGC offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate scholarships. Information about them and how to apply may be found at under the RGC Financial Aid link.