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TAMIU Announces Recipients of Oscar M. Laurel Scholarship Posted: 6/05/19

TAMIU Announces Recipients of Oscar M. Laurel Scholarship



This Fall, three distinguished students begin the next chapter of their lives as the latest recipients of the Oscar M. Laurel Endowed Scholarship at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU).

Kassandra Romero and Emilio Resendiz of Hector J. García Early College High School and Gerardo González of Zapata High School were named Oscar M. Laurel Scholars by Scholarship donors Elsa Nicholson and Rebecca and Oscar Laurel.

The Scholarship is awarded to first-generation college students and provides recipients tuition for four years at TAMIU and a laptop computer.

Oscar Laurel Jr., family spokesman, said this year’s recipients all earned special distinction at their respective schools. 

“Kassy (Romero) was the Valedictorian at García Early College High School and Milo (Resendiz) graduated ranked eighth in the class. And Jerry (González) was Valedictorian at Zapata High School. They are outstanding students who stood out among a very qualified pool of applicants and we’re very honored to welcome Kassy, Milo, and Jerry to our Oscar Laurel Scholars family,” Laurel said. 

The Laurel family initiated the Endowment Scholarship in 2008.  It honors family patriarch Oscar M. Laurel, who began a distinguished career of public service in the 1950s traveling the country as National President of LULAC, organizing local scholarship programs for disadvantaged youth. 

“My father always believed a good education was key to success and advancement. My mother Elsa, who we lost in February, shared his vision and was integral to the establishment of the Endowment. In their honor, our family looks forward to awarding scholarships in perpetuity to students wishing to attend TAMIU,” Laurel said.

The first Scholarship recipients were selected in 2010. A total of 32 TAMIU students have been named Oscar M. Laurel Scholars to date. 

To be considered, students must be a High School senior with a 3.5 or better GPA, achieve 95 percent or better attendance, be first-generation college-bound, have applied for FAFSA and must be accepted to TAMIU.

Scholars must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better as a full-time student and commit to 15 or more hours of community service during the school year in order to qualify for scholarship renewal for eight semesters.

For additional information, students may contact their high school counselors or Valentina Flores, gifts coordinator, in the TAMIU Office of Institutional Advancement at 956.326.2176, email, or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 261.

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2019 Oscar M. Laurel Endowed Scholarship at TAMIU recipients have been named. Pictured at left and right of the three students  are Laurel Family members Elsa Nicholson and Oscar Laurel, Jr.  In middle are recipients Emilio Resendiz, Kassandra Romero and  Gerardo González.



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