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Rio Grande City CISD scholarship meets fundraising goal

3 weeks 5 days 31 minutes ago Wednesday, April 14 2021 Apr 14, 2021 April 14, 2021 5:57 PM April 14, 2021 in News - Local

After the Rio Grande City Consolidated Independent School District canceled their plans last year to raise funds for the district’s Superintendent’s Scholarship, the district has bounced back from the pandemic to beat this year’s fundraising goal.

Among the students hoping to receive the scholarship is La Grulla High School senior Guadalupe Vargas. As a blind student, she’s ready to prove naysayers wrong and attend college.

"Not everyone believes in blind people and how much we can do, so that's what I'm here for,” Vargas said.

One big obstacle standing in her way, however, is the cost of tuition.

"Not all of us have the same opportunities, not all of our parents have stable jobs,” Vargas said. “Even with financial aid they offer, sometimes it isn't enough."

Census data shows that 35 percent of Starr County lives under the poverty line. 

According to La Grulla High School, about 20 percent of their students head to a four-year college, and 40 percent go to a two-year college. Many are first-generation. 

To raise funds for the scholarship, the district held an event at TopGolf.

"We were basically on the verge of cancelling it this year. As I mentioned, last year, we didn't have it because of COVID,” La Grulla high School teacher Adrian Ozuna said. “We actually surpassed our goal of $125,000."

With the scholarship, Vargas is excited to potentially study psychology in college next year. Though she may not have had the same resources as other kids, she says she wouldn't have it any other way. 

The district will announce which students will be receiving the scholarships on their Facebook page Wednesday, April 21.

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