Twenty undergraduate students at The University of Texas-Pan American recently received scholarships from the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA).
Awarded for the Spring 1999 semester, the scholarships paid tuition and fees for students working toward their bachelor's degree in rehabilitative services and specializing in substance abuse treatment.
Recipients of the scholarships this semester are Anna Maria Barrera of Donna; San Juana Banda, Huiyin Lin, Maria Ocanas, Annette Rios and Yesenia Villarreal, all of Edinburg; Rosemary Esquivel of Elsa; Valerie Leal, Giovanna De Leon, Jennifer Stuart, Nancy Treviño, Valerie Vela and Pedro Villarreal, all of McAllen; Maria Barrera of Mission; John Peña of Pharr; and Olga Martinez, Richard Miller, Yolanda Treviño, Gladys Villarreal and Kristoffer Villarreal, all of Weslaco.
"We are very appreciative of the financial support of TCADA, as it allows more students to enter the field of substance abuse counseling, and especially encourages those who are bilingual in Spanish/English," said Dr. Bruce Reed, coordinator of the UTPA Rehabilitative Services Program.
"Students are awarded (the scholarships) on a semester-by-semester basis, although every attempt is made to continue with students who are performing successfully. But at the end of each semester, I have to look at the budget and see how many more I can support," Reed said.
Funding from a contract with TCADA will continue through August, Reed said, adding that he is hoping for another contract the following academic year to continue the scholarships.
The students take coursework leading to becoming Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors (LCDCs), qualifying them to work in prevention and treatment settings with people of all ages who have substance abuse issues.
Students receiving scholarships must take a minimum of six hours with no maximum per semester, Reed added.
For more information regarding the availability of future scholarships or course offerings related to substance abuse, please contact Dr. Jane Newman at 956/316-7041 or Reed at 316-7038.