By Jaelon Jackson
School of Social Work
The University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Social Work takes immense pride in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the remarkable achievements of two distinguished graduate students in the Master of Social Work program.
Michelle Gonzalez and Ignacio Aranda, who share Hispanic heritage, have each been awarded Economic Development through Guidance Education Scholarships, an accolade highlighting their commitment to social change during this significant month.
The scholarship, made possible through the Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities to Hispanic Americans Grant, helps alleviate the financial stress of higher education for deserving students.
The EDGE Scholarship, administered by UT Arlington's EDGE Center, is tailor-made to offer financial assistance to promising graduate students. The scholarship acts as a catalyst for educational opportunities, allowing students to reach new heights in both their academic and professional journeys.
While the financial aid provided by the EDGE Scholarship is pivotal, what sets it apart is its commitment to holistic student development.
Scholarship recipients are expected to engage with the EDGE Center, taking part in many activities geared toward personal growth. These activities include professional development workshops, academic skill-building sessions, and opportunities for personal and academic enrichment beyond the classroom.
Gonzalez and Aranda, as Master of Social Work students, are committed to addressing pressing social issues and positively impacting their communities. The EDGE Scholarship not only paves the way for them to realize their academic aspirations but also equips them with the necessary resources to enhance their contributions to society during Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond.
“The EDGE Scholarship is a game-changer for me. It enables me to fully focus on my studies and future career in social work, unburdened by financial concerns. I am immensely grateful for this opportunity and look forward to engaging in the enriching activities offered by the EDGE Center," Gonzalez said.
“This scholarship is not just about financial support; it’s the key that unlocks doors to a brighter future. As a future social worker, I am committed to making a meaningful impact in the lives of others, and the EDGE Scholarship empowers me to do just that," Aranda said.
This initiative not only empowers students financially but also prepares them for a brighter future by fostering a nurturing and inclusive environment where every student can shine. It is a celebration of their achievements during Hispanic Heritage Month, emphasizing the transformative power of education and the potential for creating positive change in society.