Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville Student Wins Full Scholarship To Bush School

KINGSVILLE - May 11, 2007

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

H.M. King grad wants to study international economic development

As she walks across the stage at today’s commencement ceremony at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Alejandra Ortega Sanchez knows what she will be doing for the next two years. The political science major from Kingsville earned a graduate fellowship to the prestigious master’s program in international affairs at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in College Station. Ortega Sanchez received the biggest graduate fellowship offered by the school, which will cover all her expenses and is worth $56,000.

Ortega Sanchez said she is interested in working in international economic development when she completes the master’s program, but she hasn’t decided exactly what she wants to do and her options are wide ranging. “I might want to work with developing programs in third world countries, or possibly with the World Bank or even at the United Nations,” she said.

Ortega Sanchez came to Kingsville from Gonzalez, Tamaulipas, Mexico when her father, Dr. Alfonso “Poncho” Ortega-Santos, took a job as assistant professor and research scientist for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences in 2001. Her mother, Caty, is a dentist, but does not practice in the United States. Her brother is following in her father’s footsteps and is studying toward his doctorate in wildlife at Texas A&M and her younger sister is working on a fashion merchandising degree at A&M-Kingsville.

After graduating from H.M. King High School, Ortega Sanchez enrolled at the university as a sophomore. She had built up credit hours through the dual credit program so was ahead of many of her classmates.

When considering her graduate school choices, Ortega Sanchez said she only applied to schools she really wanted to attend. In addition to the George Bush School, she was accepted to the John Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Ortega Sanchez is no stranger to the stringent research requirements of graduate school. She was accepted into A&M-Kingsville’s Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program two years ago. When the university hosted the Pathways Student Research Symposium, she placed third in undergraduate research. In April, she presented her research, Support for Women’s Equality: A Public Opinion Study, at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research at Dominican University in California. Her faculty mentor is Dr. J.D. Phaup. She also spent a summer studying in Madrid, Spain.

“I feel very good about being accepted to the schools I chose,” Ortega Sanchez said. “There is a great satisfaction to know that all the hard work you have put in over the last three years pays off. I am thankful to so many people who have helped me like my professors and my family. There is great validation to be accepted into such prestigious programs. I know my parents are really proud. They trusted me to make the right decisions.”

“I enjoyed attending A&M-Kingsville. The professors are very enthusiastic, they give you a great background and are always willing to help you and share their experiences and contacts,” she said. “When you study at a place like A&M-Kingsville, the community is very close. You can walk to you professors’ offices at any time and they will talk to you.”

Ortega Sanchez also was the recipient of the Olga R. Paul Endowed Scholarship during her time at A&M-Kingsville. The scholarship was created in honor of Olga R. Paul by her son, Carl E. Paul. Paul earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&I University.

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