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Elijah Hernandez

PSJA North Early College High School, Class of 2022

Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from South Texas College


Plans to Attend: Vanderbilt University 

Major: Marketing  

What are your goals and aspirations? 
After I graduate from PSJA North Early College High School, I plan to attend Vanderblit University where I will major in Business. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I hope to attend law school, so that I may return to the Rio Grande Valley and serve my community as a public servant. 


  • George Eastman Award- University of Rochester 
  • Student of the Year Nominee- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society  
  • PSJA Ivy League Scholar  
  • University of Notre Dame Summer Scholar 
  • Rotary Student of the Month- Pharr Rotary Club 


What has PSJA Early College done for you? 

The Early College program within PSJA has allowed me to further my academic career in ways that most students dream of. By the end of my senior year, I will have over 60 college credit hours that I can transfer to any University I attend. 


How do you feel about your experience at PSJA? 

Being a PSJA ISD student for more than a decade, I can proudly say that this school district supports its students to an extent that is unmatched. The PSJA Early College Program is rivaled by none, having allowed me to obtain over 60 college credit hours, and subsequently expanding job opportunities for me directly out of high school. Further, the PSJA Career Institutes have offered me further insight into a variety of careers I may wish to pursue after college. Overall, I have always felt supported, cared for, and grateful. 

What if anything would you say to your PSJA Family? 

Thank you. The PSJA Family is so welcoming, and as a former transfer student, that feeling is wonderful. I always felt welcomed, supported, and loved. I am sure that this is a feeling that so many of my peers share with me.