As a student at Singley Academy, Natalia Martinez Avalos was very involved and always had big aspirations for her future. From theater and Destination Imagination to the debate and swim teams, Avalos made it a priority to do as much as she could to further her education.

“My AVID teachers, Ms. [Kaitlin] Sharp and Ms. [Joanne] Grayson, were very helpful throughout my college application process,” she says. 

Avalos even got accepted into a few of her top choice schools but was unable to attend due to financial reasons. 

Like many families across the country, Avalos’s family felt the hit of the pandemic. Her mother was forced to withdraw from her retirement to provide for their family. This new “income” appeared on Avalos’ Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which left her only qualifying for the Dallas County Promise Scholarship.

“It would have been a struggle to try and pay tuition out of pocket, so I’m very thankful for the Dallas County Promise Scholarship,” says Avalos. “Another bonus is that the scholarship goes toward your tuition and books for class.”

Avalos has just entered her freshman year at Dallas College, where she’s working toward earning her Associate of Science. She’s excited about the new journey she’s on and has continued to remain involved in the community. Avalos currently serves as an AVID tutor for Irving ISD, swim instructor for the city of Irving and is a member of the student political campaign committee for a Texas gubernatorial candidate. 

When asked what advice she’d give to seniors about applying for the Dallas County Promise Scholarship, she says, “Do it. Being a graduate of Irving ISD automatically qualifies you for the scholarship, so apply.” 

After earning her associates degree, Avalos plans to continue her education at Texas A&M Commerce University or Southern Methodist University and major in paralegal studies or public policy. 

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