UTPA strong partner in South Texas/Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Contact: Scott Maier, Senior Editor 381-3639
Posted: 07/27/2001
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The University of Texas-Pan American continues to be one of the leading recipients of the South Texas/Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which has awarded nearly $626,000 to more than 450 UTPA students during the past five years to help with tuition, fees and books.

UTPA continues to be one of the leading recipients of the South Texas/Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which has awarded nearly $626,000 to 453 students during the last five years to help with tuition, fees and books. From left are Roland S. Arriola, vice president for External Affairs, and Val LaMantia of L&F Distributors.

The most recent award of $245,000 for 1999-2000 was distributed among 131 students at UT Pan American, with each student receiving between $500 and $1,750. This was the most funding provided to any U.S. university by the program and more than a third of the $715,000 total allocated to the South Texas region.

"Being from South Texas, there are a great number of students going to UTPA because it has given them choices on a national level," said Val LaMantia Peisen of L&F Distributors. "We've had a great relationship with the University, and we're hoping to do more things in the future. It'll make a winning situation for both of us even better."

To qualify for the South Texas/Hispanic Scholarship Fund, a student must live in one of 19 South Texas counties - including Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy - be at least half Hispanic, a full-time student at an accredited U.S. college, and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. A student also must have completed at least 15 hours and have at least a 2.5 grade point average.

Overall, the amount awarded to UTPA from the South Texas/ Hispanic Scholarship Fund has approximately doubled every year since 1995-96. That first year, 26 students were awarded $26,000.

In 1996-97, 56 UTPA students received $78,018, a one-year increase of 300 percent in funding and 215 percent in recipients. A year later, 113 UTPA students received $115,872, an increase of 48.5 percent in funding and 202 percent in recipients.

For 1998-99, $187,000 was provided to 127 UTPA students. The award represented an increase of 61.4 percent in funding and 12.4 percent in total recipients from 1997-98.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the largest Hispanic scholarship-granting organization in the United States. In its 25-year history, HSF has awarded $58 million in 45,000 scholarships, and this year, it has awarded more than $11.7 million in scholarships to nearly 5,000 deserving students.

HSF provides scholarships based on merit, with consideration on financial need, to Hispanic Americans of all races and ethnicities. A recent independent study found 97 percent of all students selected as HSF scholars attain their college degrees.

Sponsors include Albertson's; Coastal Maverick; CoSTEP; H.E.B.; Merrill Lynch; Wal-Mart; Budweiser; Burton, McCumber, & Cortez, LLP; Chase Bank; IBC; TRW; Univision; and Bank of America.

Also, First National Bank; Melhart's Music Center; Kolder, Inc.; Sol Communications; Texas Insurance Managers; Texas State Bank; The Monitor; 102.1 La Mejor; Boggus Ford; Brownsville Herald; Continental Airlines; Diamond Shamrock; FleetPride International; Grande River Communications; InterNational Bank; McAllen Medical Center/Edinburg Regional; Spikes Ford; and the Valley Morning Star.

Other sponsors include Williamson Construction; KGBT-TV 4; KRGV-TV 5; Alonzo Cantu Construction; Argus Security; Atlas & Hall; Brand/Skyview; Calpine Electric; Central Power & Light; Cornerstone; Cruises by Dee & Crystal Cruises; Gallo Wine-Wild Vines; Holiday Wine & Liquor; Hygeia; John David Franz; Judge Ed Aparicio; L&G Concrete; Laredo National Bank; Law Office of Aaron Pena; Law Office of Ramon Garcia; Lee's Pharmacy; LFD; Linebarger, Heard, Goggan, Blair, Graham, Pena, Sampson, LLP; Lone Star National Bank; McAllen National Bank; and Nueces Power Equipment. Also, Pueblo Tires; Rio Grande Valley Law Center; Rio Grande Outfitters; Rio Grande Regional Hospital; Rio Radio; Congressman Rubén Hinojosa; Sam Houston Race Park; The Coca-Cola Company; UETA of Texas; Useda & Associates; Valley Baptist Medical Center; Valley Cycle Super Center; Valley Occupational & Family Health; and Western Professional Hockey League/ICC.

Media sponsors are Coastal Current Weekly, FOX 17; KBFM/ KTEX-FM; KGBT/ KIWW; KGBT-TV 4; KIRT-AM; KRGV-TV 5; KTLM-TV Telemundo; KURV-AM/ KSOX-AM; KVEO-TV 23; Lamar Advertising; PAX 20/35/52; Source Publications; KFRQ-FM/ KKPS-FM/KVLY-FM/KVDA/FM-Entravision; Valley Town Crier; and XERV-9/XHAB-7

For more information on the South Texas/Hispanic Scholarship Fund, contact the UTPA Scholarship Department in the Student Financial Services office at 956/381-2935 or visit the web site . Applications for the 2001-2002 academic year will be available Aug. 1 and are available from any sponsor. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15.

For more information on South Texas/Hispanic Scholarship Fund sponsorships, contact Peisen at 956/687-7751.