Judy Moreno, Texas Southmost College’s executive director of strategic enrollment, announces the Raymondville school district’s launch of its two-year scholarship program before parents and students at Raymondville Early College High School on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. (Courtesy photo)

RAYMONDVILLE — After years of planning, the Raymondville school district is launching a program offering graduating seniors two-year scholarships aimed at helping more low-income students earn college degrees.

In this community in which about 90% of students come from low-income families, the district becomes the first in the Rio Grande Valley offering its graduates a college scholarship program, Deputy Superintendent Ben Clinton said.

As part of the program stemming from its Early College High School curriculum, the district’s working with Texas Southmost College to offer scholarships focusing on completing associate degrees and industry certifications with opportunities to transfer into four-year bachelor degree programs.

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