South grad earns TSTC’s first Presidential Scholarship

The high school senior chosen for the first Texas State Technical College Harlingen (TSTC) President’s Scholarship is Hana Nichole Mitchell of Harlingen High School South.

She was among 438 seniors from the Harlingen High School South to receive diplomas at Boggus Stadium on May 26. TSTC President Dr. Cesar Maldonado, who serves as president of the HCISD Board of Trustees, delivered the congratulatory address for the commencement ceremony. He shook hands with her on stage as he presented her with the diploma.

Mitchell participated in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at South. She plans to earn an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Engineering at TSTC. “It’s easier to start college close to my family and TSTC is a very good college,” said Mitchell, who began her TSTC career with a dual enrollment language arts class offered at HHSS.

Dr. Maldonado, a Harlingen High School alumnus, said that the new scholarship serves as a reward for academic excellence and a goal for all students who seek financial support for higher education.

“There are scholarships, grants, financial aid, and school loans all available to you, but you have to go after them,” he said. “The fact is you cannot afford not to. This is your chance to set the right path to success.”

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