Chaquita Brown
Temple ISD
Blinn College

“I have had enough turmoil in my life to know that I can maneuver around most, if not all, of life’s obstacles,” Brown wrote in her scholarship application, noting the death of her brother and absence of her parents. “All of these obstacles have only strengthened me to finish high school and go on to college and again finish.”

Brown is using her $4,000 TCTA scholarship to begin her studies at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. She says she would like to later transfer to a four-year university and earn a degree in physical therapy. Someday she would like to open her own gym.

TCTA member and Temple ISD teacher Gale Haynes nominated Brown. “Ms. Chaquita is one of the most resilient, most caring and determined young women I know,” Haynes wrote. “She has a drive to be the best that she can be and believes that college will provide her with that opportunity.”