University Scorpion Scholars Program Helps Student Pursue Dream


Last summer, Cynthia Uribe watched her mother as she cared for her ailing grandmother. Although it was a tragic event in her life, the experience birthed her desire to become a nurse.


The only hurdle that stood between Uribe, 19, and her goal was how to pay for college.


“Because my grandmother was very sick, I was very close to the deadline for filing for financial aid and I was going to be awarded late,” the Harlingen High School graduate said. “I had heard about Scorpion Scholars, but before it was only for Brownsville students. So I didn’t think that twice of it.”


However by last fall, the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College opened the program, which aids high school graduates in the top 10 percent of their class, for students in the Harlingen, San Benito and Rio Hondo areas.


Those selected receive a renewable four-year scholarship that includes tuition, fees, books and on-campus housing.


“When I heard it had opened to students in the Harlingen area, I applied,” Uribe said. “I didn’t think I would get it, but I did. I remember getting the call and being so excited.”


Uribe said although her dream of becoming a registered nurse will take four years of hard work, she is glad she has relief from one burden.


“It is such a relief to know I do not have to worry about how I will pay for school,” she said. “Anyone who can, should take advantage of the scholarship.”





The University Scorpion Scholars Program provides the opportunity for eligible incoming freshman to take advantage of a four-year scholarship that includes tuition, fees, books and on-campus housing. Students who qualify must:


·        Ba a graduating senior in the top 10 % of their high school class.

·        Be from the Brownsville, Harlingen, Port Isabel and Rio Hondo

·        Obtain an official High School transcript and a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher.

·        Complete the application for Federal Student aid, FAFSA.

·        Complete a minimum of 30 hours the first academic year.

·        Maintain a 3.0 GPA.


University Scorpion Scholars is just one of a growing number of initiatives UTB/TSC offers to better assist students. For more information about financial assistance contact the Office of Financial Aid at 882-8277.