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Endowment Donors meet with Grateful Students 

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUGUST 28, 2012 – El Gran Salón at the Student Union of The University of Texas at Brownville and Texas Southmost College was the venue for the Endowed Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 28, where students and donors met. 

Nena Cavazos, Dr. Juliet V. García and Mary Ann Hernandez talk with scholarship recipient Annika Chan.
Nena Cavazos, Dr. Juliet V. García and Mary Ann Hernandez
talk with scholarship recipient Annika Chan.

Margaret Peña joined her brother-in-law, Gustavo Peña, to represent their family endowment, the Lucila Peña Memorial Scholarship for Student Teachers, established in 2008. Their endowment’s first recipient, Jacqueline Escobedo, was unable to attend because she was attending her second day of student teaching.

“My mother-in-law offered us all a wonderful example of how to live one’s life fully, overcoming obstacles to make the most of each day and inspiring others to stretch themselves to be all that they can be,” said Peña, a bilingual elementary school teacher in San Antonio. “She would be very proud to be able to help students at UTB as they work toward becoming teachers.” 

Peña asked to be involved as a member of the School of Education selection committee to participate in the process of determining who would receive the scholarship. 

Gustavo Peña and Margaret Peña talk to scholarship recipient Marah Martinez.
Gustavo Peña and Margaret Peña visit with scholarship recipient
Marah Martinez.

“It was an exciting day, interviewing and learning more about the candidates,” she said. “We selected an outstanding young lady, and I drove back to San Antonio feeling exhilarated by our decision.” 

Seventy-five endowed scholarships have been established at UTB in the past 20 years. The endowments, totaling $3.2 million to date, have thus far been awarded to 527 students in the form of scholarships.  

“Much has been accomplished at UT Brownsville over the last 20 years since it was established,” Dr. Juliet V. García said. “And none of this work was done alone. At the same time we are 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 their dreams.” 

Five donors representing the Lower Rio Grande Valley Nursing Scholarship Fund were able to meet 25 nursing students who received scholarships over the past two semesters. 

Yoli Roberts, representing the Greater Texas Medical Alliance, speaks with a couple of nursing students.
Yoli Roberts, representing the Greater Texas Medical Alliance,
speaks with a couple of nursing students.

“My scholarship made a significant difference in allowing me to attend summer classes,” said Margaret Rubi, a second-year nursing student. 

The LRGV Nursing Scholarship Fund was begun in 1995 by the late Eloise Sweeney along with several Brownsville nurses and friends who wanted to assist nursing students in their goals of becoming Registered Nurses. 

John C. Cantu traveled from Austin to meet three of the students benefitting from his scholarship, the Cañas-Cantu Endowed Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of his mother. The Cantu scholarship is open to students of all areas of study. 

“We are very grateful to our donors who in this tough economy still reach out to our students to help them reach that goal of a college degree,” García said. 

To learn more about endowments and giving to UTB, contact Laurie Howell, Executive Director of University Relations, at 956-882-4334 or laurie.howell@utb.edu.

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