GRMS Names Ms. Amanda Sampayo as Full-Time Graduate Support Program Director

As part of GRMS’s commitment to provide students with support beyond the middle school years, we are excited to announce the addition of Ms. Amanda Sampayo who will serve as the school’s first full-time Graduate Support Program (GSP) Director.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Sampayo,” said Mr. Michael Motyl, GRMS President. “We are confident that she has the passion, skills, and faith to build on the incredible effort of Mrs. Patricia Flota who has served our graduates for years on top of her responsibilities as the school’s religion teacher.”

With initial grant funding by the Raskob Foundation and the Western Foundation and with over 250 graduates, GRMS hopes to fuel momentum for its GSP program under the direction of Ms. Sampayo, with a focus on supporting graduates in high school to college. Marking early success, Ms. Sampayo organized the school’s first College Financial Aid Night for high school juniors and seniors this past school year as a volunteer. The bilingual workshop connected families with a UTRGV representative who answered questions about how to apply for college, the financial aid process, scholarships, and more. With the help of Ms. Sampayo and other volunteers, the GSP launched an effort to connect college-aged alumni with 15 local internships at organizations like the Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville, UT School of Public Health, and is currently working to expand opportunities for the coming year.

"GRMS graduates are already working in different industries in our community," said Ms. Sampayo. "Graduate Support will continue to connect graduates with resources to help them find educational and career opportunities."

The GSP offers a range of support in pursuit of two goals for students - college and Heaven. Services include high school placement, college counseling and tours, assistance with the college application and financial aid processes, internship and career shadowing for college students, and help with resumés, interviewing skills, and more.