A Student to Believe In


First State Bank of Uvalde President and CEO, Dick Geries, at left, and Vice President of RGC Paul Sorrels, right, congratulate Betel Velasquez for earning the bank’s scholarship for the second consecutive year.

By Laura Nelson

When Betel Velasquez was notified that she had received the First State Bank of Uvalde scholarship for the second consecutive year, she said, “Last year when I won, I was pleased. The second time, I thought, ‘These people believe in me.’”

The scholarship meant she could cancel plans to apply for a student loan, a subject she learned plenty about when she took the financial literacy class, a requirement for receiving the scholarship. The course provides timely information to RGC students about student loan debt, developing and following a budget, and a variety of other things about personal finance. Betel now uses a spreadsheet to keep track of her family’s finances and urges RGC students to explore and apply for the community-based scholarships that are available.

The aspiring teacher plans to graduate in December 2017 and will get certified to teach early childhood through 6th grade. She is currently a substitute teacher for UCISD and particularly admires Mrs. Sylvia Munoz, a 2nd grade teacher at Anthon who has over 40 years of experience in the classroom. Betel hopes to complete her internship under her and someday model her own classroom using Mrs. Munoz’s as a guide.

Congratulations to Betel Velasquez, a student and a working mother to believe in.

For more information about this scholarship and others at Rio Grande College, see http://www.sulross.edu/page/2015/scholarships or email rgcfao@sulross.edu.