Renellquiana Blackburn
Austin ISD
Austin Community College

Renellquiana Blackburn will be using her $1,000 TCTA scholarship to attend Austin Community College and plans to transfer to Texas State University-San Marcos.

Blackburn is the first in her family to attend college. “My career goals are to be a psychiatrist, teacher, artist and cook,” she wrote in her scholarship application. “I want to be able to make people more than just happy; I want to make them feel like they can do anything they put their hearts and minds to.”

Eastside High School English teacher Christine Acker nominated Blackburn for the scholarship. “In my class, Quiana has proven that she is thorough, detail-oriented, thoughtful, committed, positive and passionate about education,” she wrote. “With her background and her talents, she will become a great force for good in society.”