BY Amanda Sotelo
The Texas State Technical College Veteran Center and Veteran Students Alliance Club (VSAC) have awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships to veterans transitioning into civilian life and working toward a college degree.
To continue this effort the members of the VSAC hold numerous fundraisers throughout the year with their largest fundraising event being the Veteran Students Alliance Club Car and Truck Show being hosted March 25 at the TSTC campus. This is the third annual show.
TSTC Veteran Center Director Steve Guevara said last year’s show raised nearly $1,200, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward scholarships.
“Our mission as a center and a club is to help veterans achieve their academic goals,” said Guevara. “All money raised at the event goes a long way when you’re helping students.”
The Veterans Center and VSAC helps veterans and their families’ transition to civilian life and assists them with admissions, financial aid, Hazlewood and GI Bill processes, in addition to providing internal and external resources and an in-house computer lab.
Every semester, three students are awarded a $300 scholarship that can be used for tuition, books and supplies or room and board.
Student veterans who apply for the scholarship must have prior military service, 90 plus days, or 30 days medical discharge; be a part-time student; have a 2.0 grade-point average and complete a 300 word essay.
The car and truck show is free and open to the public, but spectators can do their part in helping raise scholarship funds by purchasing food, drinks and $1 tickets, which count as one vote for their favorite car or truck in each competition category.
There are seven categories that automobile enthusiasts can compete in such as muscle, classic, antique, truck, stock, and import and tuners. There are first and second place trophies awarded in each category, with specialty awards going to President’s Choice and People’s Choice.
The registration fee to enter a car or truck in the competition is $30 and the registration fee for “Show ’N’ Shine” is $20. The deadline to register for both categories is March 25.
TSTC in Harlingen has been named a military friendly school for the seventh year in a row and the TSTC System has received the honor for the second year.
“This lets everyone know that we’re committed to assisting veterans and their families receive the education and career they deserve,” said Guevara. “I would like to encourage everyone to join us at our third annual car show and support the Veteran Students Alliance Club.”
For more information on the car show and how to register or donate call the TSTC Veterans Center at 956-364-4387.