Adams Earns Avalos Scholarship

Scott Adams, middle, thanked Enrique Avalos Sr., right, and Enrique Avalos Jr. for their generosity.

By Laura Nelson

Uvalde, Texas―Scott Adams is the latest recipient of the Esmeralda Rosalia Avalos Nursing scholarship, a special, locally funded award provided by the Enrique Avalos family of Uvalde.

When Adams decided to pursue a degree in health care, he discovered it would be years before he could secure a place in a nursing program in Utah or Colorado due to high demand. He researched nursing education programs, enrolled in the ADN (Associate degree in Nursing) program at Southwest Texas Junior College, and moved his family to Uvalde. He graduated in 2009, earned his Licensed Vocational Nurse certification, and then completed the qualifications for his Registered Nurse certification in 2011. He plans to graduate from Sul Ross State Univ. Rio Grande College in May with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The additional RGC education means Adams can follow his passion―community health care education, especially diabetes management for Uvalde Memorial Hospital. His full-time position there also includes training nurses. In addition, Adams works with the ADN program at SWTJC.

He and his wife McKenzie have made their home in Uvalde. She teaches in Knippa and they have three children, Mason 19, at school at the Univ. of Texas San Antonio; Avery, 12; and Olivia, 9.

The Avalos family continues to support RGC students and their families with scholarships that celebrate the life of Enrique’s daughter Esmi, who passed away unexpectedly several years ago. The family has raised more than $10,000 in six years to fund this scholarship and another for teacher education students, helping pave the way for RGC students to complete degrees and serve their communities.