4 Your Education: IDEA seniors announce college commitments

4 Your Education: IDEA seniors announce college commitment

On Wednesday, high school seniors from IDEA Charter Schools in the Rio Grande Valley announced what colleges they will be attending this fall.

For Carlos Cantú’s mother, Edna, the announcement means her son can be successful in life, have a higher level of education and more opportunities.

Nearly 900 high school seniors made their college goals public on a stage inside the State Farm Arena in the city of Hidalgo. In the stands were their younger classmates, looking at what might lay ahead for them.

Carlos Cantú will be attending Walla Walla University in Washington state this fall on a full four-year scholarship to play soccer.

Edna Cantú says she's always gone to her son’s games and supported him.

IDEA high school seniors received in total more than $41 million in scholarships and nearly half of the graduates will be first-generation college students.

Carlos’ mom always wanted her children to attend college since they were younger. Carlos is looking forward to it.

“I'm nervous and excited at the same time,” Carlos said. “I don't know, I am going very far away."

According to recent numbers from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, out of the 2014 - 2015 graduating classes in the Rio Grande Valley and ranchlands, nearly 60 percent went to college in the fall. The state average was 56 percent.

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