The Patty Cota Scholarship Fund

Silvia Patricia Cota was a beloved daughter, mother, sister, aunt, and friend who will always be in our hearts. Patty was destined for greatness. She had an enthusiastic charisma that would draw you to her and she made an impact wherever she went.

Patty first enrolled at The Rock Bible College in August 14, 2012. She had been battling cancer for 3 years and was on a fixed income and only working 20 hrs a week. Her TRBC application came with a request for tuition assistance because she could only afford to pay a portion.

Here is Patty’s actual statement from her application explaining why she wanted to attend Bible College:

I have had a rough 30 years of drugs and alcohol. I was a throw away woman who finally went to jail in 2007. There I found a Christian woman who sent me to a Christian group. I started to learn about Jesus and have been learning about Jesus ever since then. I have been through so much and I believe God has a purpose for me. I want to do prison ministry for women. I feel passionate about what the women in jail did for me. I had no hope, was lost and alone and someone cared enough to tell me her story in jail that gave me hope. I want to use my story to do the same for someone else. I want this so much.


Fortunately, there were tuition assistance funds available at that time and Patty’s request was granted. However, after having to restart the Biblical Studies Program three times due to medical challenges, Patty was never able to complete the program. She went to be with our Lord and Savior on March 3, 2015.

On March 26, 2015 The Rock Church hosted a memorial service and celebrated Patty’s “real” graduation! Here the College announced that at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony it will honor Patty as TRBC Student of the Year and present the award to her children. This award is never given for academic achievement. It is given based on a student’s ability to show spiritual maturity in those areas that are a matter of heart, such as: character, credibility, integrity, and persistence, as well as a student’s impact on the overall student body.

To commemorate the memory of this remarkable woman, the college has created the Patty Cota Scholarship Fund as a lasting memorial and inspiration to the faculty and student’s that attend TRBC. All contributions to this fund will be used to assist individuals who desire to attend college, but are not financially able to do so.

If you would like to support the college and keep Patty’s legacy alive by contributing to support a student in need, please click the contribution button.