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The George Truan Scholarship Endowment

Students Receive George Truan Scholarships
Students receiving George Truan Scholarship  


Four students from the art department were awarded scholarships honoring former UTB/TSC art professor and department chair George Truan during an inaugural presentation on Wednesday, January 18. The scholarships were awarded to Alonzo Garza, Daniela Sacramento, Audrey J. Castillo and Abel Quintanilla, all art majors. Garza received a $1,500 scholarship from the George Truan Scholarship Endowment while Sacramento, Castillo and Quintanilla were awarded $500 scholarships from the George Truan UTB/TSC Scholarship Fund.


The endowment is named after Truan, who taught at UTB/TSC for 18 years and also served as department chair. In September 1992, Truan lost his battle with cancer. He was 47.
Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, president, said Truan had a cause and that cause was students whether they were former students, current students or students he would teach in the future.
“It was always about the students and whenever the conversation would begin to veer off in to anyone else’s interest - administrators, the faculty, the college, the community, he would always yank us back down and make us recall why we were in this business to begin with and that was for the love of students. It is time that we have an opportunity to spread the word a little bit further through a scholarship at this time,” Garcia said.
In 2002, The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the establishment of the George Truan Scholarship Endowment supported by his widow and their sons; the Houston Endowment Foundation and many friends and colleagues. Although Truan passed away 13 years ago, Bitty Truan said it was nice to hear that so many people remember her husband and his efforts. She encouraged the scholarship recipients to continue her husband’s work. “Even if you do just a small part of what he did I think you will be honoring his memory,” Bitty Truan said. Besides teaching at UTB/TSC, Truan served as a trustee for the Brownsville School District and volunteered his time to the Brownsville Planning and Zoning Commission, the Brownsville Youth Council and the Brownsville Community Health Clinic. In addition to being remembered at the scholarship presentation, Truan was recognized during the TSC Board of Trustees meeting also on Wednesday. The trustees in a unanimous vote passed a resolution naming a courtyard after him. The George Truan Sculpture Garden is located across from the Barnes and Noble Bookstore.


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