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October 8th, 2009
San Marcos CISD representatives attend HSC dinner

San Marcos CISD representatives, from left to right: Goodnight Middle School Counselor Clementine Cantu, Dr. Abel Galaviz, Chancellor of University of Texas Systems Francisco Cigarroa, Dr. Rudy Alamia, and Miller Middle School Assistant Principal Ricardo Soliz.


The Hispanic Scholarship Consortium (HSC) has the major goal of opening doors of opportunity to higher education for Hispanic students. Representatives from San Marcos CISD attended the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium dinner held at the Hyatt Regency in Austin last week.

The keynote speaker was MD and Chancellor of the University of Texas System Francisco G. Cigarroa. The proceeds of the dinner sponsored scholarships for Hispanic students pursuing healthcare professions. Representing San Marcos CISD were Goodnight Middle School counselor Clementine Cantu and Miller Middle School Assistant Principal Ricardo Solis, who were guests of San Marcos surgeon Dr. Abel Galaviz.

The HSC is a collective of grassroots organizations across Central Texas that provides financial assistance and mentoring for Hispanic students who want a college education.

“Hispanics are the nation’s largest ethnic minority and the fastest-growing population in Texas and the United States,” said the HSC website. “However, Hispanics have the highest high school dropout rate and the lowest college graduation rate.”

The group “encourages Hispanic students to expect more of themselves—and gives them the tools and resources to do so.”

HSC was founded in fall of 2004 by Dr. David B. Garcia. For more information, visit the website at

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