UHV receives grant that will cover summer course tuition for 25 graduating seniors

VICTORIA, Texas— UHV, awarded a $50,000 grant from the American Electric Power Foundation to help non-traditional students.

The grant will cover 25 students’ tuition who attend Summer one or Summer two online classes.

“Our Summer Bridge Scholars program is new for us but I’ve been working on it for a few years now. Basically, it’s designed for new college freshmen or graduating seniors who are looking to enter college and it works by giving them the opportunity to take two core classes during the summer,” said Eric Camarillo, UHV Manager of Academic Support.

The two classes required to receive the American Electric Power grant are English Composition One and College Algebra. These core classes must be taken together.

“The program is also designed especially for students who are TSI [Texas Success Initiative] incomplete. So if they score below a certain amount on the TSI, who are first-generation or from some other kind of low social background or maybe they were in foster care. Those are the kind of students we’re really looking for,” said Camarillo.

The goal is to provide those students with financial support during this difficult time. Tuition is covered thanks to the $50,000  grant from AEP.

“Then we cover any other kind of fees that may fall into or for the students. UHV will take care of those fees. The classes themselves don’t actually have any real cost. We are using open source materials so there shouldn’t be any cost for the books. One professor is using a program that’s maybe like $12 or $13,” said Camarillo.

Students are required to have their own laptop and internet services to take the courses. You can enroll by contacting the UHV Admissions Office you can call at (361)570-4110.