TASO VOLLEYBALL TEXAS SOUTHMOST CHAPTER AWARDS FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS TO VOLLEYBALL SENIORS
The Texas Southmost Volleyball Officials’ Association awarded four scholarships of $500 each to graduating seniors from the class of 2020 on June 6.
Two of the recipients were from St. Joseph Academy: Victoria Gonzalez and Allison Stachowiak. Rebekah Schlatter from Brownsville Hanna and Rebekah Trevino from Brownsville Harmony also received scholarships.
Jose Herrera, the assigner for TSVOA — the chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials that serves the lower Rio Grande Valley — said due to the COVID‑19 coronavirus pandemic, the number applicants decreased significantly this year, but that recognizing the student‑athletes’ accomplishments and supporting them in obtaining a college education was important regardless of whether or not they continued to play volleyball after high school.
“(The scholarship) made me feel as though it was a real award for my hard work,” Schlatter said. “That it had finally paid off and I would be able to see it.”
Schlatter said her heart is set on working for the DEA, a career she was inspired to pursue after taking a pharmacy technician certification class. She plans to major in biology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.