Monday, July 19, 2021
  Awards and Recognitions, Community

By Letty Fernandez

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – UTRGV graduate student Alejandra Jimenez had no idea she had been nominated for the 2021 Future Texas Business Legend Award given by the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation – until she got online. 

“I went to the website to watch the announcement and I heard my name called as the recipient of the James and Kathleen Collins Future Texas Business Legend Award. I was speechless,” she said. “I am so blessed and honored to have been selected for this award.” 

The Foundation presents awards to students each year from participating Texas universities, through the Future Legends Scholar and Veteran Award Program. The mission is to “sow the seeds of our future” by helping future business leaders pursue degrees at Texas schools. 

“This award has a significant impact on who I am as a mother, leader and entrepreneur because I love being involved in any way possible at school, work and in my community,” Jimenez said. “It is fulfilling to know that I am making an impact in these areas. This award would not be possible without the support of my family, and I appreciate every single person who has had an impact on my growth throughout my career and education.” 

Jimenez, who is from Brownsville, currently is pursuing a master’s degree at UTRGV in business analytics. She also works as a full-time administrative assistant at H-E-B and is the owner of A&J Custom Creations.

At UTRGV, Jimenez participated in the Adopt-a-Startup program where students adopt a real startup business, owned mostly by women, and assist local entrepreneurs and the business community by creating a sustainable business model. The program inspired her to create her crafting business.  

Dr. Sylvia Robles, assistant professor of Practice in the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship, said Jimenez has the “inner power to achieve whatever she sets as a goal.” 

“She participated in the Adopt a Startup program to develop herself as a woman entrepreneur and started her own business a year later during the pandemic,” Robles said. “She is a true example of a young woman who realized that only having a bachelor's degree and steady work was not enough. 

“We are extremely proud of Alejandra, and I am so happy to see that all her efforts have been recognized through this well-deserved Future Texas Business Legend award.” 

Jimenez will be presented with the award Oct. 28 at the Scholar and Veteran Award luncheon and Annual Induction dinner in Dallas.  

For more information, visit the Texas Business Hall of Fame


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.