This Texas community college group is offering free tuition – and much more

January 18, 2022

Wayne D'Orio – The Hechinger Report

For years, Keira Gilmore had her heart set on going to Texas A&M University. In high school, she was accepted and started mapping out her future. But the potential cost of school caused arguments between her and her parents, then her fiancé broke up with her abruptly, and her mother, who was already pregnant, got sick.

Fighting depression and needing to help out at home with siblings, Gilmore realized she couldn’t move three hours away to Texas A&M.

When Robert Garza was a senior in high school two years ago, he didn’t know what he wanted for himself. He was considering college or getting a job in construction. With money tight, his father frequently hinted he should look for whatever scholarships he could find.

This story by Wayne D’Orio was originally published in The Hechinger Report. The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.