Since she was a child, Patricia Castillo has wanted to be a teacher. Thanks to the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso‘s scholarship program, she’s taken an important step toward achieving that goal.
“I saw a flyer in the community, and I thought, ‘Why not?'” she said.
When she learned about the scholarship program, Castillo, 25, was already enrolled at the University of Texas at El Paso. The scholarship provided her not only a financial boost toward reaching her goal but a boost to her motivation as well.
“The scholarship motivated me to work even harder,” she said. “Before the scholarship I was unmotivated and taking my time with school. I would recommend for anyone in my position to go to school and apply for the HACEP Scholarship and to take advantage of the resources around you.”
Castillo, who lives in HACEP’s Marmolejo Community in the Lower Valley, got on the Dean’s List at the University of Texas at El Paso and stayed there through graduation in December.
She graduated from UTEP with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Bilingual Early Child Education.
“It was a big accomplishment to be the first one in my family to go to college and to complete my bachelor’s degree,” she said. “Now I can set the example for my siblings so that they know finishing school is possible for them, too.”
“The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso is proud to support residents like Patricia — especially those who are the first in their families to attend and graduate from college,” said HACEP CEO Gerald Cichon. “I encourage all residents who quality to apply for HACEP’s scholarship program as an important first step on their journey in higher education.”
Castillo is presently substitute teaching and pleased to be giving back to the community that gave so much to her.
For more information on the scholarship and requirements, contact HACEP via their website or by calling (915) 849-3742