This video of a future Longhorn getting a full scholarship will make you cry


Camila Valdez was just trying to get ready for a birthday party for her grandma when she answered the door. 

When she opened it, she was met by two people wearing Longhorn attire. Valdez just assumed they were there to personally welcome her to the University of Texas. 

The staff members brought her a backpack, filled with a notebook, padfolio and a T-shirt. But then they pulled out a big check. She had received a four-year scholarship to UT worth $48,000.

“It was kinda like winning a Maserati,” Valdez said. “I didn’t even know I was going to win it, so when it comes it was a complete shock.”

A senior at Alexander High School in Laredo, she credits her Longhorn sibling for influencing her college decision. Her sister Sofia studies mechanical engineering at UT and they’re very close. 

“It just felt very welcoming and the vibe overall was really nice,” Valdez said. “I really love the city.”

A video of the surprise meeting posted on her sister’s Twitter account racked up more than 200 retweets and nearly 1,500 likes. 

Valdez said her family members were incredibly supportive. Her siblings knew about the surprise and spent the morning teaching their mom how to record video on her phone. 

Her favorite responses to the videos have been the people who wrote that they got emotional watching them. 

“It’s so surreal to see people saying that about my video. I’m happy that I was able to share that experience with them,” she said. 

The video prompted replies from all over Longhorn nation, including Texas’ athletic director Chris Del Conte, the McCombs School of Business and the school’s dean.

In another video, Caroline Enriquez with the Office of Admission, told Valdez she was one of about 35 to 40 people in the state of Texas receiving the scholarship. Valdez said she heard two other people in the Laredo area would be a part of the group. 

The scholarship winners announced so far have formed a group chat called “The Lucky Ones.” Valdez said the group added her and they congratulate each other and discuss things like financial aid and where to live at UT. 

In addition to ranking in the top 3 percent of her high school class, Valdez also participated in volleyball and extracurricular groups like Health Occupations Students of America, Amnesty International, UIL Accounting, and was the president of her school’s film club.  

Her mom knew about the scholarship surprise visit and had told her just the day before “good things are coming.”

“We’re always talking about the future,” Valdez said. “She said ‘the universe will help you out.’ I said ‘hopefully soon.’”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

After lawsuit threat, Texas agency changes voter registration policy
After lawsuit threat, Texas agency changes voter registration policy

Responding to a threatened lawsuit, the Texas Workforce Commission has agreed to offer voter registration help to Texans with disabilities who receive job training help from the agency. Disability rights advocates had accused state officials of violating the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which requires state agencies that help people with disabilities...
Man accused of pulling gun on off-duty cop in road rage incident

SOUTH AUSTIN Man accused of pulling gun on off-duty cop Authorities have accused a driver of pulling a gun on an off-duty police officer in an apparent road rage incident in South Austin, court documents say. Michael Christopher Tello, 21, was booked into the Travis County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree...
Abbott agrees to spare death row inmate’s life, heeding father’s plea
Abbott agrees to spare death row inmate’s life, heeding father’s plea

Gov. Greg Abbott agreed Thursday to spare the life of death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, announcing his decision less than an hour before the Houston-area man’s scheduled execution. Abbott sided with Whitaker’s father, who had pleaded for his son’s sentence to be commuted by saying that as the chief surviving victim of the crime that...
Judicial candidate Eldridge was accused of having sex with student, 16
Judicial candidate Eldridge was accused of having sex with student, 16

A state district judicial candidate in Travis County was accused by a 16-year-old foreign exchange student of having sex with him while he stayed in her home — an accusation that the candidate, Chantal Eldridge, denies. Eldridge, a criminal defense lawyer who is running to be judge of the 331st Criminal District Court, was investigated by Austin...
4 Democrats vie for Congress in Williamson, Bell counties
4 Democrats vie for Congress in Williamson, Bell counties

Texas’ 31st Congressional District, which encompasses most of Williamson and Bell counties, hasn’t been friendly territory for Democrats since it was created after the 2000 census. U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, was first elected in 2002 and has won re-election seven times by at least 19 percentage points. President Donald Trump won...
More Stories