Donors meet with Grateful Students
Five of the ten students receiving the Neal and Lourdes Simmons Endowed Scholarship joined Lourdes Simmons, Albino Carrasco and Lourdes Simmons Carrasco at the luncheon.
event has become an annual tradition that gives students and donors an
opportunity to meet and share their stories.
is so much need in our community that we must use every moment we have to
strengthen our programs, enhance our teaching, grow our research and expand
opportunities for students,” said Dr. Juliet V.
UTB President, to the 250 donors and students in attendance.
have a role to play—to embrace and believe in education,” Vela said, citing his
parents as examples of selfless giving.
said 110 endowed scholarships have been established at UTB in the past 20
years. Last year, $450,000 in endowed scholarships went to 521 students.
those students is Julio Cesar Ramos, a senior biology major and Premed Scholar with the
Office of Health Professions Careers.
the heart of Brownsville, UTB nurtures the potential of its students, but UTB
can only offer these opportunities because of the generous individuals who
believe in the necessity of education,” Ramos said.
Julio Cesar Ramos, a biomedical major, plans to attendmedical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
recently returned from a summer research internship at Tufts University in
Medford, Mass. and said he is looking forward to returning to being a student
research assistant for Dr. Emilio Garrido, Associate Professor in the Department of
Biomedicine. After graduation from UTB, he plans on attending the University of
Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School.
because of you, the generous donors, that students are able to find the means
to attain an education,” Ramos said. “An education requires sacrifice, but it
is all worth it. So thank you for believing in me; thank you for believing in
these students; and thank you for believing in The University of Texas at Brownsville.”
Gonzalez, the recipient of the Arturo X. and Florestela L. Benavides
Scholarship Endowment, said he enjoyed having lunch with the donors of his
scholarship and their son, Dr. Jude Benavides, Associate Professor in the
Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, and daughter-in-law, Ann
scholarships has greatly assisted me in paying for my tuition at UTB,” said
Gonzalez, a biomedical science major who plans to attend dental school after
completing his bachelor’s degree. “Rather than devoting my time and energy
towards a job to help pay for tuition, scholarships let me dedicate myself
towards studying, shadowing, and researching. I am very grateful to Mr. andMrs.
Benavides for their generosity.”
board members representing the Lower Rio Grande Valley Nursing Scholarship Fund
– Patty Flores, Susan Klein, Carrie Walker and Joe Lacher
– joined 15 nursing students who received nursing scholarships over the past
scholarship helped in many ways, especially for purchasing books; medical books
are always being updated, and we have to buy new books every year,” said
Rebecca Cardenas, who will be graduating with the Associate of Science in
Nursing in December, and then continuing with the R.N.-to-B.S.N. [Bachelor of
Science in Nursing]. “It was wonderful to enjoy lunch with the generous donors
to this scholarship. They are helping so many nursing students.”
Arturo X. and Florestela L. Benavides enjoyed the luncheon with their scholarship recipient, Ian Gonzalez, and their son Dr. Jude Benavides and daughter-in-law, Ann Benavides.
told the donors that every dollar they contribute to their endowments will not
only benefit the students today at UT Brownsville, but will help ensure
financial assistance for students at the new university created from UTB and
The University of Texas Pan American. Those students will be attending what is
to be the second largest Hispanic serving institution in the nation and will
include a medical school.
are very grateful to our donors who reach out to our students to help them
attain the goal of a college degree,” García said. “Because we know that none
of us has done this work alone. At the same time we were building a university
and establishing new programs, we have had the help of many generous community
members who have worked to ensure students are financially able to reach for