South Texas College Announces 2019 MEDA Scholarship Opportunity for Mission Residents

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In partnership with South Texas College and the Mission Economic Development Authority, STC Student Financial Services has announced that it is inviting qualified candidates to apply for the annual MEDA Scholarship available to residents of the City of Mission. If eligible, scholarship recipients can receive up to $3,200 to help pay for their education at South Texas College.

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McAllen, Texas – South Texas College in partnership with The Mission Economic Development Authority (MEDA) invites permanent residents of the City of Mission who are interested in furthering their education to apply for this year’s MEDA scholarship.

By alleviating some of the financial burden off students and families with the scholarship, STC and the City of Mission hope to increase a student’s chances of matriculating, and ultimately ensure that they have greater success in college.

If eligible, scholarship recipients can receive up to $3,200 to help pay for their education at South Texas College.

“At South Texas College, we believe that students should not feel burdened by finances while pursuing their education,” said Judy Martinez, STC Coordinator of Scholarships. “We encourage residents of the City of Mission to apply because opportunities like the MEDA scholarship have already made college possible for many students.

“It is our hope that removing some of the financial burden off students and their families, will inspire Mission residents to pursue higher education, to have greater success academically, and to ultimately become graduates of South Texas College,” Martinez said. 

The STC Board of Trustees approved and authorized the acceptance of the MEDA Scholarship on Aug. 29, 2012, which established a trust of $3 million with funds to be used to establish and offer scholarships. 

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The scholarship was first awarded in the fall of 2013, and since then 420 students have benefited from the scholarship with a total of $782,500 awarded to date. Over 250 MEDA scholarship recipients have received their degree or certificate from South Texas College. 

To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, must be a permanent resident of the City of Mission, have completed one semester at STC with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, must have a high school diploma or GED, and be enrolled at least part-time at the college. 

Awards are determined by semester enrollment, and the scholarship is renewable as long as students meet the continued eligibility requirement. Recipients may receive up to $3,200 in scholarship funds.

“There were short-term and long-term goals I set for myself,” said Jessica Rodriguez, a MEDA scholarship recipient, and recent STC graduate. “Obtaining my bachelor’s degree was a long-term goal I achieved with the financial help granted to me by the MEDA scholarship.”

The scholarship application and additional information is available at a deadline of June 28th.  Students may contact Javier Guajardo at 956-872-2629 or [email protected]for more information.

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