Middle-schoolers receive scholarships from VC

April 16, 2011 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated April 15, 2011 at 11:16 p.m.

Victoria College recently hosted 15 local high school students who were awarded the Justin Forrest Cox "Beat the Odds" Middle School Incentive Scholarship.

In addition to the scholarship funds of up to $2,000 awarded to each recipient of the "Beat the Odds" program, VC and the University of Houston-Victoria will each award up to five $1,000 scholarships per year to Incentive Scholars who choose to enroll at VC and then transfer to UHV.

The Justin Forrest Cox "Beat the Odds" Memorial Scholarship, founded in 1998 by Gary and Mary Cox, is awarded annually in memory of their son Justin Cox.

The scholars program serves incoming ninth grade students who are struggling to overcome difficult situations, and as a result, may be at risk of dropping out of school. These situations can range from extreme financial hardships, such as homelessness, difficult family situations, such as a parent in prison, or even extreme health issues, such as overcoming cancer or healing after a heart transplant.

"This scholarship serves to encourage and support these students throughout their education and give them the tools they need to see their dreams realized," said Mary Cox.

Criteria for the scholarship include strict attendance, behavior and volunteer requirements, along with maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average.

"Many of the students who have benefited from our scholarship programs in the past have gone on to become extremely successful," said Mary Cox. "We have a student who is currently studying at Texas A&M and some of our past graduates include a surveyor, a teacher, a nurse and one who is a physical therapist now in Lubbock."

Jennifer Yancey, vice president of college advancement and external affairs, said the college takes pride in being a part of the scholarship.

"VC is proud to partner with Gary and Mary Cox to help provide area students with the means to beat their odds and make their own lives bright and successful," Yancey said.



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