• June 15, 2021
 Socorro High student receives grant from Hispanic Heritage Foundation for college studies

“I think the fact that I get to be a part of something like the early college high school program is a great opportunity because it really does make you learn so much and also prepares you for classes that will be within your college major,” Barrientos said.

Socorro High student receives grant from Hispanic Heritage Foundation for college studies

Lizbeth Barrientos, a senior at Socorro High School, is the proud recipient of a Hispanic Heritage Foundation 2020 Youth Award, which honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and in their community.

Barrientos was one 27 students in the country and one of three in the El Paso region to be selected for the Hispanic Heritage Foundation award from among thousands of applications nationwide. She received the silver award in the education category and earned a $1,000 grant.

She said she’s chosen to use the money for her college tuition to attend the University of Texas at El Paso to pursue a degree in art education in the hopes to become a public-school teacher and eventually a college professor. She was able to choose to use the $1,000 for either her college tuition or a community-based project.

“It was really important for me to get a scholarship,” she said. “Since last year I’ve been applying to a lot of them and trying my best to get funds for my tuition because I think that’s really important. Education is something really important to me, but I really want to graduate from college without being in debt.”

President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Antonio Tijerino said the organization was proud to honor another outstanding class of winners who will carry on the tradition of past award recipients.

“There is no shortage of Latino talent across the United States, and we are grateful to our dedicated sponsors who understand the importance of investing in the youngest and most dynamic segment of our population,” Tijerino said. “We’re in good hands as a community and as a country with these outstanding young leaders going forward.”

Barrientos is a student in Socorro Early College and a member of the Texas Association of Future Educators. She said she has a passion for art and has enjoyed immersing herself into different mediums.

While studying art in high school, she was inspired by her instructors and she became aware about how art education could be a good career choice.

“They made me realize that this is something I’d like to do,” Barrientos said.

Brittany Bautista, an SISD Career and Technical Education instructor for the Academy of Careers in Education program, said she has known Barrientos since her junior year of high school. She said Barrientos always has been involved in everything art related.

“I was super proud and happy when Lizbeth told me she received the award,” Bautista said. “It’s just awesome to see the kids succeed, especially in the program for education. Knowing that she is going to go on to be an educator, it’s awesome that we’ve been able to give her the tools to succeed like that.”

Barrientos has enjoyed her experience in the ACE program and the early college high school program, which has allowed her to help at the elementary schools as an aide for teachers. She said it has been inspiring, has helped her connect with the students and has motivated her to try her best.

“I think the fact that I get to be a part of something like the early college high school program is a great opportunity because it really does make you learn so much and also prepares you for classes that will be within your college major,” Barrientos said.

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