WGU Texas presents scholarship to HISD Para Professional

WGU Texas presents scholarship to HISD Para Professional
Posted on 03/23/2018

Stephanie Riojas was a stay-at-home mom and started working as a Pre-K assistant when her oldest son started kindergarten. For the past six years, Riojas has worked in the classroom at Schulze Elementary – where she discovered a love for helping students learn and develop.

WGU Texas surprised Riojas with a $2,000 Finish to Go Further with WGU Texas Scholarship earlier this month. The scholarship will help Riojas reach her goal of finishing her bachelor’s degree and becoming a teacher.

“I think being an educator is one of the best professions anyone could ever have,” said Riojas. “Educators lay the foundation to our future and I am excited that I will be a part of this profession.”

Riojas earned an associate’s degree and will use the scholarship to complete her bachelor's degree in elementary education from WGU Texas.

“Providing this scholarship will open so many doors,” said Victoria Treviño, Schulze Elementary School principal. “I truly appreciate WGU Texas giving Mrs. Riojas this opportunity to continue her education. I can't wait to see what her future holds!”

WGU Texas’ competency-based learning model allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and real-world experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. Students who devote additional time to their studies can often accelerate their programs, saving both time and money. WGU Texas mentors work one-on-one with students, offering guidance, support and individualized instruction.

Harlandale ISD is also an ESC-20 partner school district. Employees are eligible for exclusive scholarships through the corporate partnership at http://texas.wgu.edu/ESC20 and the ESC-20 website http://www.esc20.net/.

WGU Texas is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Texans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Texas and nationally-recognized Western Governors University, WGU Texas is open to all qualified Texas residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.


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