Clarissa Rivera broke out in tears when she thanked the American G.I. Forum for a scholarship.
The $500 will come in handy next spring, she said. But being chosen as a recipient means more to her.
"This is a reassurance that what I'm doing isn't going unnoticed," Rivera said to a packed room. "This reassures I'm doing something right."
Rivera, who is part of the radiology program at Del Mar College, was among two scholarship recipients who ceremoniously received oversized checks during a Wednesday celebration of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Texas State Recognition Day. Nursing education major Zeferino Tinajero also is a recipient of the scholarship, which was awarded by members of the South Texas Chapter of the forum. The American G.I. Forum is a Congressionally chartered Hispanic veterans and civil rights organization that was founded by Garcia in 1948.