EECU honored Mariela Garcia with a $1,000 education scholarship for her accomplishments through the Latinas In Progress Program of the local Fort Worth chapter of Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas.

Ms. Garcia has big aspirations following her graduation from Trimble Tech High School this May to follow her passion for the environment. She will be the first one in her family to attend a four-year university or college. Ms. Garcia accepted an offer to attend Cornell University beginning this fall where she plans to major in environmental studies and one day become a scientific researcher.

The Hispanic Women’s Network works with community partners like EECU to distribute scholarships to young Latinas who have successfully completed the Latinas in Progress Educational Series. The series consists of five learning sessions, volunteer opportunities and a Hermanitas mentorship program. These sessions provide enriching learning experiences and encouragement by providing access to opportunities, information, financial resources and exposure to universities and other post-secondary institutions.

“We are honored to help empower young Latinas through this program and assisting them as they obtain a higher education degree,” says EECU Northside Branch Relationship Manager Sonia Trevino.