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.
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 www.hsf.net . 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.