The Lower Valley School Nurse Association offered a scholarship opportunity to Team SISD seniors for the 2019-2020 school year. Americas High School graduate Kathia Rivas was the prestigious winner of the $1,500 scholarship.
The 62 applicants were asked to write a 500 to 1,000-word essay describing their challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they’ve coped with it.
Kathia’s essay revealed she is a mature and optimistic adult whose mental and emotional resiliency will help her navigate through life after high school.
“We were humbled to read all the essays,” said LVSNA President and Elfida P. Chavez Elementary School Nurse Norma Almaraz. “Kathia’s essay stood out the most because she showed so much maturity and positivity with everything going on in this world right now.”
The LVSNA has been in existence for 38 years. Team SISD nurses lead the organization, which cares for the community year-round, including having the annual Lower Valley Health Fair to offer free physical checkups and numerous health screenings for the public.
Since the health fair was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, the nurses wanted to use the funds normally used for the event to give back to the community. They decided to offer the $1,500 scholarship to a qualified SISD graduating senior.
“No words can describe how I’m feeling right now,” Rivas said about winning the scholarship. “I know I am not the only one who has gone through these struggles but it’s always best to look on the brighter side… sometimes you need to slow down in life because tomorrow is not guaranteed.”
The LVSNA plans to continue offering the scholarship to future SISD seniors every year so they know they’re not alone when it comes to the struggles in life.
“This is an opportunity not only for a scholarship but to be able to share and express their feelings with us to help them cope with any hardships they might be going through in their lives,” Almaraz said. “That is exactly why we do this.”