Harlingen EDC presents donation to The TSTC Foundation

By Amanda Sotelo, TSTC Staff

There will be more Texas State Technical College students getting the help they need to complete their studies and graduate, thanks to the Harlingen Economic Development Corp. and its recent donation of $100,000 to The TSTC Foundation scholarship fund.

“Our chancellor always says, ‘Sometimes our students are one flat tire away from not graduating,’ and there’s truth in that,” said TSTC Provost Cledia Hernandez. “These scholarship opportunities will not only change their current situation, but they will also change their family’s future and generations to come.”

The money awarded to TSTC will go toward helping TSTC students who reside in Harlingen or within the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District’s boundary and who face hardships and need assistance.

Raudel Garza, CEO and manager of the Harlingen EDC, said the organization has money set aside for what he calls a “goal-line assistance program” to help students meet their educational goals.

“We presented $100,000 to The TSTC Foundation to help students get past that goal line and push them to score and to succeed,” said Garza.    

The TSTC Foundation supports the critical needs of students and provides funds to enhance the college’s ability to provide new and emerging technical programs that support the Texas workforce.

Scholarships provided to students by The TSTC Foundation are established to ensure that obstacles will not get in the way of TSTC students reaching their overall potential.

These scholarships not only cover basic educational needs such as tuition and books, but they also help students with tools and equipment, food, gas to get school, child care and housing.

For TSTC students like Josephine Delgado, who recently faced homelessness, donations like the one made by the Harlingen EDC mean the difference between dropping out and graduating.

“Thanks to TSTC and the emergency aid I received, as quickly as I lost my home, I found another,” said Delgado.

The scholarships and grants that helped Delgado avoid homelessness and set her up at campus housing came from The TSTC Foundation and from donor contributions that can be life-changing for students.

“I am so thankful to TSTC and its donors, because the help I received allowed me to finish my education,” said Delgado.

Hernandez said that it is partners like the Harlingen EDC that help TSTC reach its goals, from providing advanced technical training to placing more Texans in great-paying jobs.

“Harlingen EDC has been a constant supporter of TSTC,” said Hernandez. “The strong collaboration between our agencies has a tremendous impact on the economic growth in our region. We are honored that they continue to partner with us.”

To learn more about The TSTC Foundation and how to donate, visit https://tstc.edu/tstcfoundation.