Hill Receives Andrews Scholarship
Rian Hill realized her passion for mathematics in middle school because of an excellent teacher. That laid the foundation for her dream to earn her Bachelor’s from TCU and teach middle school mathematics. Her dream was made possible by the receipt of a professional development grant, transfer scholarships, and the Andrews Institute Mathematics and Science Teacher Scholarship, made possible by a gift from Paul Andrews.
“This gift from Paul is especially beneficial because it helps attract talented students to TCU from Tarrant County College or other area community colleges into our mathematics and science education programs,” said Dr. Molly Weinburgh, director of the Andrews Institute of Mathematics & Science Education.
The road to TCU wasn’t easy for Hill, but she said her emotional connection when visiting campus overshadowed practical doubts.
“I really wanted to go to TCU, but my fear was how to pay for it,” Hill said. “After I visited, I’d notice a TCU sign or a sticker on someone’s car everywhere I went. If it’s in your heart to go somewhere, go.”
Hill graduated from high school in 2002, and postponed classes at TCC when she had her son. She resumed classes and earned two Associate’s degrees after having her third child.
Hill now attends TCU part-time and works full-time as a Teacher’s Assistant in Fort Worth ISD, all while caring for her children aged 10, 11 and 12. She said the support she receives from the TCU community, co-workers and family help her balance her busy lifestyle. Once she receives her Bachelor’s degree, Hill wants to teach middle school and ultimately at the college level.