(Orange, Texas)

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September 7, 2013

Teachers award scholarships to Orange-area graduates


AUSTIN, Texas — Bridge City High School recipient

• Sean Neil – $1,000 scholarship to attend Lamar State College - Orange. He plans to pursue a chemical process operator certificate before working toward a degree in chemical engineering. Bridge City Intermediate School counselor Nicole Harris nominated Neil for the scholarship. “I have watched Sean make tough choices as he has grown that show character and maturing beyond his age,” she wrote in her nomination. “I know without a doubt he has what it takes to not only succeed in higher education, but excel.”

Now in its fourth year, the TCTA Scholarship Program awards scholarships in amounts up to $5,000 per year for tuition and required fees. In 2010, the program first awarded a total of $29,500 to 17 students and has increased those numbers each year, making the total awarded by the program so far $335,000.

Scholarships must be used to pursue courses of study leading to recognized degrees at accredited two- or four-year colleges, community colleges or career/technical schools. Recipients may apply for continued assistance based on satisfaction of specific academic criteria and availability of funds.

TCTA scholarship applications are due May 1 each year and can be submitted online at To be nominated, a student must: be a high school senior and a U.S. citizen and Texas resident; demonstrate financial need; have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale; and demonstrate the traits of strong personal character and potential for success. Nominators’ or nominees’ parents’ membership in TCTA is neither an advantage nor a disqualifier. However, teachers/counselors may not nominate their own children.

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association is a nonprofit, independent professional association serving more than 50,000 Texas educators. Founded in 1927, TCTA is based in Austin and is the only statewide teachers association that limits active-level membership to those directly involved in classroom teaching or teaching support, including librarians, counselors and teacher aides.

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