Maria Chavez                       Victoria Ricks

The Association of Compensatory Educators in Texas (ACET) offers 20 Student Scholarships and 4 Adult Scholarships statewide. The purpose of the Adult Scholarship is to award paraprofessional staff with the opportunity to pursue higher education to complete their teaching credentials. Lufkin ISD had two outstanding paraprofessionals that were selected at the regional level and their applications were forwarded to the State Scholarship Committee for review. Both Maria Chavez from Lufkin Middle School and Victoria Ricks from Brandon Elementary were selected and awarded a $1000 scholarship.


Sylvia Eubanks, Director of Bilingual Services, said, “I am so proud of both of these ladies. I know this scholarship will encourage them to continue to pursue their dream of becoming a teacher!”


Maria Chavez will be attending Angelina College and then transfer to Stephen F. Austin State University. She plans on majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6, as well as receiving an ESL/Bilingual Supplemental Certification.


Victoria Ricks will soon complete her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree from Western Governors University.


Ms. Ricks said, “During my time at Brandon Elementary School, my colleagues have been so supportive and informative. After I graduate, I hope to have the opportunity to continue working with great role models and mentors in this field.”