Valeria Varela was born and raised in El Paso and is the daughter of Jose and Martha Varela. She is a graduate of Burges High School and is currently a senior at The University of Texas at El Paso where is a Biological and Biomedical Science major and is holding a 4.0 grade point average. Valeria graduated in the top 4% of her class. She was a Distinguished Honors Graduate, Dual credit participant, and recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Award. During her senior year, she was awarded a UTEP Academic Scholarship.
At UTEP, Valeria has been inducted into the College of Science Dean’s List and Dean’s List Plus since her freshman year. During her sophomore year at UTEP, Valeria was selected as a Miner Ambassador which has given her the opportunity to represent the school at various events. She was also inducted into the College of Science 4+4 Club, which is for individuals who have a 4.0 major and overall grade point average. Additionally, she was selected as a 21st Century Scholar, member of the Honors Program, and a recipient of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award.
Valeria has interned at various medical schools throughout Texas every summer since becoming a student at UTEP. Her first internship was at Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso, her second was at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine at Lubbock, Texas, and this summer she is attending an internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas.
In addition to her coursework, she am an Administrative Office Assistant to Dean Conklin at El Paso Community College. During her spare time, Valeria volunteers at various events in the El Paso and Juarez region, including the following events: The St. Anthony’s Seminary Annual Bazaar, UTEP events, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine healthcare events, and at local Elementary Schools inspiring the youth to pursue a higher education.
Knowing that El Paso is a socially and culturally diverse community with endless opportunities to grow and explore, Valeria is very excited to represent the city that has helped her to mature throughout her life. Being able to give back to my community while representing the city she loves would be an honor.