Her Goal: Protecting Kids
Brooke Ralston wants to
solve crimes against the
young someday. As one of
the 2010–2011 UTSA Alumni
Association scholarship recipients, she’s
gaining the education that will help her
on her way.
Ralston, 21, received the scholarship
based on extracurricular activities that
include volunteering with Brent Barry’s
5K Run for Child Abuse and managing
the debate team. Ralston made the 2008
President’s List, and is a member of
the National Honor Society and Alpha
Lambda Delta Honor Society.
Ralston said the scholarship, given by
alumni Susan and Doug Campbell, has
helped her continue to excel in school
and in her extracurricular activities.
"It takes away a lot of financial
stress," she said. "I was excited someone
recognized my accomplishments; it felt
good to have my hard work noticed."
Her days start and end with school
and one of three jobs that she juggles at
Ulta Beauty, the Kumon Math and Reading
Center and Anne Marie’s Catering.
"It’s a tight schedule," she said, "But
And part of being true to herself is
combining her interest in criminal justice
and her major, psychology.
"I knew I wanted to do something
with the best of both worlds," Ralston
said. "I decided it was the [FBI] that
interested me the most."
The San Antonio native said she’s
always wanted to do something in the
law enforcement field and was inspired
by her favorite television show, Bones,
about an FBI forensic anthropologist.
And her interest was further fueled when
she learned there was an FBI office in
San Antonio near family and friends.
After graduating, Ralston plans to
apply with the bureau as a field agent in
the crimes against children department.
After earning the necessary experience,
her ultimate goal is to serve as deputy
director of the FBI.
Her scholarship benefactors, who
have supported scholarships since
2006, said they are honored to support a
student with a promising future.
"My husband and I had the pleasure
of meeting Brooke at last year’s
Scholarship Salute and were so impressed
with her drive and determination
to complete her degree, as well
as the thought she’s given to what she
wants to do after graduation," said
Susan Campbell, vice president of the
Alumni Association. Both Campbells,
who are life members of the Alumni
Association, said they firmly believe
that to build a strong community, individuals
need to help each other as
much as they can through volunteer
hours, sharing expertise or supporting
"We want to support those organizations
and institutions that have helped
us become the people we are today,"
she said. "I am a two-time UTSA alum
[B.B.A. in management ’89, M.B.A.
’10], so I know firsthand the quality of
the education provided by UTSA. It’s
horrible to think that a bright, motivated
student might not pursue a college
education simply because of cost."
By Vincent T. Davis