TAMIU Student Fulfills Father's Educational Dream with Financial Aid
Unlike most 19-year-olds, Lizette García, a freshman at Texas
A&M International University, knows her father will never see her
walk across the University's graduation stage or give her away at her
That's because her father, Heriberto García Jr., passed away
suddenly from an illness last June, a few days after Garcia's graduation
from high school in Zapata.
"On my graduation day, as soon as I received my diploma, I remember
my father approached me close to the stage and said, 'I'm proud of you',"
Knowing her father had always wanted her to seek a college education,
García is working to make her father's dream for her a reality
by attending TAMIU. She's doing so through with the guidance and help
of the University's financial aid program.
García, who can no longer depend on her parents for financial
help, knows how crucial it is for some students to receive monetary assistance
while attending the University.
That is why she recommends students take advantage of TAMIU's Financial
Aid Fair, scheduled for Tuesday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
The event, the city's largest, is free and open to the public. It is
designed to familiarize students and their families with numerous financial
aid offerings, ranging from scholarships and loans to grants and work-study
García said she chose to attend TAMIU because of its proximity
to her hometown of Zapata and because it provides her the opportunity
to study, pay her bills and reach her academic dreams.
"I don't think I could have attended TAMIU without financial aid,"
García said, "I wouldn't have the money to come here."
But, thanks to the financial aid she receives, García is able
to live at TAMIU's student residential community, University Village,
pay for her tuition and books and cover all of her living expenses.
At first, García said she was not sure she would receive financial
help to attend college. However, after meeting with her high school counselor
in Zapata, she became aware that applying for financial aid is not difficult.
"One bit of advice I have for students who are considering applying
for financial aid is for them to complete their paperwork in a timely
manner," García said, "Also, if you need help, this is
no time to be shy. Ask for information because Financial Aid Office staff
members want to help you."
García said she hopes to become a physical therapist once she
"I want a college education. I want to be somebody and for people
to know my skills and abilities," García said, "I also
like to help people, and that's why I want to become a physical therapist."
By preparing herself with a quality education to survive in the professional
world, García said her earning her University diploma will fulfill
her father's dreams for her.
She recalled that her father, who only completed 8th grade, could never
attend college because as a young man, he needed to work to support his
"My father would always push us to go to college. He wanted me
to go to college and not to stay at home and do nothing with my life,"
García said, "He wanted me to be happy and to do something
with my life."
For further information on TAMIU's Financial Aid Fair, please contact
Blanca McLeroy, financial aid counselor, at 326-2227, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit offices located in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room
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