The University of Texas-Pan American Alumni Association donated $75,000 in honor of the Unviersity's 75th anniversary at a news conference Wednesday.
"We are very proud of the University," said Bobby Guerra, president-elect for the Alumni Association. "The quality of professionals and educators that have come from this University is seen throughout the Valley, and we want to continue supporting the University."
The contribution will be used for the University Scholars program, which began in 1998 to promote academic excellence Rio Grande Valley schools.
"The strength and success of a University is often measured by the strength and numbers of its alumni organization," said UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez. "This donation from alumni will help students complete their university education and, hopefully, join the ranks of the Alumni Association."
Attending the news conference were board members of the Alumni Association, and University administrators including Roland S. Arriola, vice president for External Affairs; Rodolfo Arévalo, provost/ vice president for Academic Affairs; and James Langabeer, vice president for Business Affairs.
"This is a historical moment for the University, not only because we are celebrating our 75th anniversary, but because this donation is the largest gift ever given by the Alumni Association," Arriola said. "Because of their generous contribution, students from UTPA will be able to receive the best education in South Texas."
The University Scholars program has allowed entering freshmen from South Texas counties the opportunity to receive a four-year tuition and fees Distinguished Achievement Scholarship.
The 75th anniversary celebration, which runs through August 2003, will feature various events and activities on and off campus. The main event will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.