Navarro First Scholarship Recipient

 Pictured from left to right are Pedro Navarro and Nancy Stockton and Dick Whipple, representatives of the Uvalde Area Retired Teachers Association.


Uvalde native Pedro Navarro earned the first Uvalde Area Retired Teachers Association scholarship at Sul Ross Rio Grande College and representatives of the Uvalde ARTA were on hand this week to congratulate him.

Nancy Stockton, Co-President of the organization, and Dick Whipple, who served on the Uvalde ARTA Scholarship Committee, said they use member dues to fund the scholarship that is awarded to an RGC teacher education student. Known for their active volunteerism, the members in Uvalde have contributed over 75,000 volunteer hours in the past year. The Association boasts 150 members and includes not only retired and active teachers, but also aides and staff.

Navarro completed his bachelor’s degree in mathematics in December and graduated magna cum laude, meaning he maintained a grade point average between 3.70-3.89 based on 4.0 scale during his undergraduate career. He is now teaching Algebra I to 8th graders at Morales Junior High School. The first-year teacher said he enjoys the supportive working environment at Morales and appreciates the encouragement of more experienced teachers as well as administrators and staff. He has begun work on a master’s degree at RGC, and part of his small amount of spare time is spent serving as President of the RGC Student Government Association.

Rio Grande College applauds the Uvalde Area Retired Teachers Association for helping students achieve their goals. The scholarship allowed Navarro to pay for his graduate classes this semester without having to borrow money, certainly something to celebrate!