A personalized, 1-to-1 mentorship, for all Cotton Valley Scholarship Recipients.
MENTOR ROLE: Our mentors commit between 18-24 months of service. Mentors empower and encourage, guiding mentees with experience, knowledge, and wisdom on their college path.
MENTOR GOAL: College Gradation!
Paulina Lopez was born in El Paso and raised in Chihuahua City, Mexico. She came back to pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she studied Organizational and Corporate Communication with a Minor in Political Science.
As an involved student, Paulina was awarded the opportunity to conduct research on environmental policy in Indonesia, was elected to serve as student body president during the university’s centennial, and graduated as one of UTEP’s Top Ten Seniors. After graduation, Paulina has been active in the public and nonprofit sectors and has worked for Congressman O’Rourke’s reelection campaign in 2014, served as Director of Constituent Services and Binational Affairs for State Senator Jose Rodriguez, as well as Director of Advocacy for the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and was recently hired by the U.S. Census Bureau as a Partnership Specialist for the 2020 Census.
Paulina is passionate about the El Paso community and is currently serving as board member of the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region and the Women’s Fund of El Paso. She has also been part of the TEDx El Paso planning committee for the last five years. In 2016, Paulina earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy and Management from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Carlos A. Martínez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and is a product of both public and private education; having attended public school from Pre K to 8th grade and private school from 9th grade forward. Carlos graduated from high school in 2014 from Radford School and from St. Edward's University in Fall 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
While at St. Edward's, Carlos served as a Resident Assistant, Senator, Chief Financial Officer, and as Student Body Vice President through the Student Government Association, and played in the University Orchestra. He also interned at the Texas State Capitol for State Representative César J. Blanco during the 84th and 85th Legislative Sessions, volunteered with Special Olympics Texas, the National Hispanic Institute, and at various citizenship workshops.
Upon graduating from St. Edward's, Carlos was hired by Representative Blanco to serve as his Field Representative in El Paso and is presently employed by the Representative. Carlos also serves as Secretary for the El Paso Young Democrats and enjoys attending El Paso Symphony Orchestra concerts as often as possible.
Carlos is happy to be back in El Paso serving his community and enjoying time with his family. It is his intent to attend graduate school to obtain his Ph.D. in Political Science and become an educator.
Jose Límon is a Trustee and Board Secretary on the Education Service Center, Region 19 Board of Directors
The Rural Schools Education Program & Scholarship Foundation welcomes all students, families, community members, and organizations, regardless of income, political views, religious affiliations and/or backgrounds.
RSEPSF welcomes humans of all ages, races, physical abilities, sexual preferences, gender expressions, and gender identities.