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Family honors doctor’s legacy with scholarship
Brownsville native David Castillo, a 20-year-old biomedical studies student at The University of Texas at Brownsville, has the same aspirations of becoming a medical doctor as did a young Rafael Marcos De La Cruz, who was born in Cabezas, Cuba, in 1923. - CONTINUE READING

Thanks a million! H-E-B donates $1 million to UTRGV South Texas Diabetes & Obesity Institute
Christmas came early to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a $1 million gift from H-E-B. - CONTINUE READING

Wells Fargo invests in success at UTB, UTPA & UTRGV
Wells Fargo continues to demonstrate its support for higher education in the Rio Grande Valley through the company’s generosity to The University of Texas at Brownsville, The University of Texas–Pan American and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.- CONTINUE READING

Dr. Eloisa G. Taméz

Dr. Eloisa G. Taméz, Associate Professor of Graduate Nursing, established an endowed scholarship in honor of her late parents using a portion of the settlement she received from the U.S. Government for constructing an 18-foot iron fence that cuts her property into two.

“I see myself as a custodian of this property,” Taméz said. “This was my parents’ property – they worked hard to keep it, to pass it on to us – and so I want their names to be remembered forever, in a meaningful way. The best way to use that money is to put it into a scholarship fund for nurses seeking the Master of Science in Nursing.”

Family and friends are joining Taméz to grow the José Cavazos García and Lydia Esparza García Scholarship Endowment.
Norman “Joe” Binder

Norman “Joe” Binder, retired UTB professor of 34 years in the Department of Government, passed away on January 10, 2013. Binder grew up on a North Dakota farm and became a telegrapher for the railroad; at the age of 22, he set off for college with his wife, Arlene, and one child.

“Joe just fell in love with teaching,” Arlene said. “He stayed in contact with students, and to see them succeed meant so much to him. He helped many students throughout the years, in many ways, including financially. With this scholarship, Joe’s name will live on and he will continue to lend a hand to students for years to come.”

The Joe Binder Scholarship Endowment for Students of Politics will award its first scholarship for the fall semester 2014.
Joe Lacher

After 25 years as a hospital nurse, Joe Lacher, M.S.N., has spent another 25 years at The University of Texas at Brownsville, teaching and sharing his vast knowledge with hundreds of nursing students.

“Our class wanted to show our gratitude to this wonderful man by establishing an endowed scholarship in his name,” said Andrea Salonga, former Vice President of the UTB Student Nursing Association, who received her RN in May of 2013.

Classmate Margaret Rubi encourages all of Lacher’s former students and colleagues to consider making a contribution to the Joseph R. Lacher Scholarship for Nursing.

“I am humbled that my students have made this gesture in my name,” Lacher said.
Sonia Cunningham

Former Associate Professor of Nursing Sonia Cunningham has created UTB’s first privately endowed faculty chair in memory of her son, Sgt. Keith A. Ferguson, a New York Police Department officer who suffered a heart attack in January 2004 while responding to a call.

From donations and proceeds from the 5K Run across the Brooklyn Bridge – celebrating its 10th anniversary this year – the Keith A. Ferguson Scholarship Endowment for Criminal Justice was established. Cunningham’s long-term goal of creating an endowed faculty chair came to fruition in April of this year when she gifted more than $100,000 to create the Keith A. Ferguson Endowed Professorship in Criminal Justice.

“Attracting meritorious faculty to keep improving a university’s standards is as important as providing assistance to students through scholarships,” Cunningham said. “Education levels the playing field, which is why I have chosen education as the vehicle to celebrate Keith’s life.”
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