Watch your Annual Fund Dollars Multiply and Make Students STARS
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 2, 2012 – As a biology major at The University of Texas at Brownsville, Jessica Montiel knows the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in college – exercising, trying to keep fit, staying away from junk food, and balancing work and school.
Montiel’s campus job is at the REK Center, where she regularly works out, and she is a resident assistant at Casa Bella student housing. Montiel is also a student ambassador, volunteering her time to represent the university at special events.
STARS students Jessica Montiel, Diego Alemán and Gabriela Gutierrez are graduating on May 19.
As a deserving student, Montiel has been awarded scholarship funding from South Texas Academic Rising Scholars (STARS).
“Stress is a major concern, and having assistance from STARS has taken some of the financial strain off my family and me,” Montiel said. “I have stayed in school, and now I am finishing, and they are all so proud of me.”
Again this year, UTB has partnered with the STARS Foundation to raise money for STARS scholarships. A portion of each gift to the Annual Fund will be matched by STARS, multiplying opportunities for deserving STARS students right here at UTB. The goal for this year’s campaign is to raise $200,000, together bringing in $400,000 to distribute to students in the fall.
“For many of our students, scholarships can make the difference between continuing their education or not,” said Marisa Campirano, University Relations Officer. “Your gift to the Annual Fund and STARS can make a difference in a student’s life and help them achieve their dream of a college education.”
STARS students seem to always reach for the stars. This includes Diego Alemán, a graduating biology major who begins medical school in August at The University of Texas Health Science Center–San Antonio.
“I’m anxious and excited and ready to get started on all I have to learn,” Alemán said. “My goal is to return to the Valley in eight years as a family physician practicing general medicine. This is where I feel I’ll be able to do the most good, getting to know my patients and helping guide them toward healthy lifestyles.”
Montiel will be focusing on guiding her community to healthy lifestyles in the future, too. She plans to pursue her graduate degree in exercise science or nutrition.
The STARS Foundation was established by L&F Distributors of McAllen in 2002.
Gifts can be made online at utb.edu/giving. For information about the Annual Fund, call University Relations Officer Marisa Campirano at 956-882-4337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.