Monica Duarte
Edcouch-Elsa ISD
University of Texas-Pan American

Duarte, a 2011 graduate of Athens High School in Athens ISD, received her first TCTA scholarship in fall 2011. She attends the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, where she is pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Her TCTA scholarship was renewed for 2012-13.

Duarte plans for a future in law enforcement. “Once I become an agent in U.S. Customs, I hope to make a difference in protecting kids in schools by stopping the overwhelming flow of drugs that go to our schools,” she wrote in her original scholarship application.