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Cotulla High School seniors Brandon J. Rodriguez and Nivea Gonzalez and Brandon J. Rodriguez have been awarded full scholarships to Texas A&M University in College Station as recipients of the Texas Leadership Scholars Program. They will each receive a hundred percent of their tuition, fees, room and board covered at Texas A&M University for up to four years. The Texas Leadership Scholars Program was founded in 2022 by eighteen member institutions (four-year universities) to assist Texas high school graduates continue their education at a Texas university. The CHS recipients of the scholarships will be provided peer mentoring, job shadowing, leadership seminars, on-campus research opportunities, resume workshops, summer internships and ‘study abroad’ experiences. The award amounts to $32,374 per year for a total of $129,496. Rodriguez and Gonzalez are also recipients of the Texas A&M University Regents’ Scholarship of $6,000 per year. The pair receives scholarships totaling $153,496.
Gonzalez is the daughter of Norberto Gonzalez III and Melissa Ramirez. She is a Southwest Texas Junior College dual-credit academic with 36 academic semester hours and a Patient Care Technician student with 32 technical semester hours. She has certifications in CNA, EKG-Tech, Phlebotomy, and OSHA. She will receive her PCT certification at the SWTJC graduation ceremony on May 13. She is the Cotulla FFA sentinel, National Honor Society parliamentarian, Class of 2023 parliamentarian, UIL District Academic Copy Editing competitor, UIL District Academic Spelling and Vocabulary competitor, CHS Cowboy Band Drumline captain, a National Hispanic Institute Summer Leadership alumnus, Student Council member, and active participant in the La Salle County Junior Livestock Show.
Rodriguez is the son of Victoria Aldaco. He is a Southwest Texas Junior College dual-credit academic with 36 academic semester hours and a Patient Care Technician student with 32 technical semester hours. He has certifications in CNA, EKG-Tech, Phlebotomy, and OSHA. He will receive his PCT certification at the SWTJC graduation ceremony on May 13. He is the Cotulla FFA president, National Honor Society treasurer, Class of 2023 secretary, UIL District Academic competitor, a CHS Cowboy Band member, Student Council member, and active participant in the La Salle County Junior Livestock Show.