Congratulations to Joseph Meza: A Bright Future Ahead

June 20, 2024

We are thrilled to congratulate Joseph Meza, a dedicated and ambitious recent high school graduate, on being awarded one of the prestigious Tropicana Properties scholarships for 2022. Joseph, an intern with an HVAC company, has long dreamed of becoming a certified HVAC technician. Thanks to the generosity of Tropicana Properties and Tropicana Homes, his financial hurdles have been cleared, and he is now set to graduate from Western Tech College’s Refrigeration & HVAC Program by the end of 2023.

Tropicana Properties and Tropicana Homes are offering four full-tuition scholarships annually to their residents for advanced technical programs at WTC. This transformative initiative covers the Advanced Welding Technology and Refrigeration & HVAC Technology programs, representing a significant investment in the community’s future. The 13-month Advanced Welding Technology program, costing $23,000 plus fees, prepares students for eight American Welding Society certifications, while the 19-month Refrigeration & HVAC Technology program, at $37,000 plus fees, qualifies graduates for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations Registered Technician License.

To qualify, residents must submit an online application, two letters of recommendation, and a 300-word essay. A panel of judges evaluates applicants based on their recommendations, standing within Tropicana Properties, and the passion expressed in their essays. This year’s recipients include Michael Gonzalez, a dedicated single parent aiming to fulfill his dream through the welding program; Richard Oquendo, a long-standing positive community member working towards homeownership; and, of course, Joseph Meza.

These scholarships reflect Tropicana’s commitment to transforming lives through education. We encourage all residents to apply for this life-changing opportunity.