Teachers Award Scholarships to Houston-area Graduates

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 9/4/2014, 10:37 a.m.
AUSTIN—This fall, six 2014 graduates of Houston-area high schools are starting college with the help of a total of $12,000 ...
Leslie Gallegos was one of six students to received a scholarship from the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.

AUSTIN—This fall, six 2014 graduates of Houston-area high schools are starting college with the help of a total of $12,000 in scholarships from the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.

The teens are among more than 60 deserving students across the state to receive scholarships totaling $129,500 from the TCTA Scholarship Program, which is funded by the estate of the late Charles and Phyllis Gottlieb.

When establishing the scholarship criteria, TCTA honored Phyllis Gottlieb’s wishes, which were to create a program unlike most others. Rather than looking solely at transcripts and selecting only top academic performers, who often have multiple financial aid sources, TCTA chooses recipients who have faced hardships that make higher education unlikely without help.

2014-15 Houston-area TCTA Scholarship Recipients

Jae-anna Whiteley, MacArthur High School, Aldine ISD – $2,500 scholarship to attend Lone Star College with plans to transfer to The University of Texas at Arlington. “My career plan is to own a bakery and possibly my own five-star restaurant,” she wrote in her application. “I want to give our community the best food they can eat that is delicious and healthy.”

Sumaiya Asif, Kerr High School, Alief ISD – $1,500 scholarship to pursue a computer science degree from the University of Houston. She would like to head her own software company someday. “As a female in the field, I want to inspire young girls to pursue careers in the technology field,” she wrote.

Duc Le, Elsik High School, Alief ISD – $1,000 scholarship to attend the University of Houston. He plans to pursue a career as a radiologist and make a difference in his community.

Brittany Macedo, Alief Early College High School, Alief ISD – $2,000 scholarship to major in biology at Texas A&M University. “I love learning how living things work and interact with each other,” wrote the aspiring emergency room doctor.

Leslie Gallegos, Galena Park High School, Galena Park ISD – $3,000 scholarship to attend Texas State University. “After my education, I plan to open up my own doctor’s office in a low-income area and have rights in hospitals to specialize in neonatology,” she wrote.

Amanda Naquin, Splendora High School, Splendora ISD – $2,000 scholarship to earn a bachelor’s in physiology before pursuing a master’s in counseling at Sam Houston State University. “During my years at SHSU I will strive for a successful education so I may be able to help others succeed with their future,” she wrote.

About the TCTA Scholarship Program

Now in its fifth year, the TCTA Scholarship Program awards scholarships in amounts up to $5,000 per year for tuition and required fees. In 2010, the program first awarded a total of $29,500 to 17 students and has increased those numbers each year, making the total awarded by the program so far $464,500.

Scholarships must be used to pursue courses of study leading to recognized degrees at accredited two- or four-year colleges, community colleges or career/technical schools. Recipients may apply for continued assistance based on satisfaction of specific academic criteria and availability of funds.

TCTA scholarship applications are due May 1 each year and can be submitted online at scholarship.tcta.org. To be nominated, a student must: be a high school senior and a U.S. citizen and Texas resident; demonstrate financial need; have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale; and demonstrate the traits of strong personal character and potential for success. Nominators’ or nominees’ parents’ membership in TCTA is neither an advantage nor a disqualifier. However, teachers/counselors may not nominate their own children.

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association is a nonprofit, independent professional association serving more than 50,000 Texas educators. Founded in 1927, TCTA is based in Austin and is the only statewide teachers association that limits active-level membership to those directly involved in classroom teaching or teaching support, including librarians, counselors and teacher aides.

For more information, visit scholarship.tcta.org.