Endowed scholarship donors and student recipients were honored during the annual Endowed Scholarship Holiday Luncheon at The University of Texas-Pan American Tuesday, Nov. 19
The luncheon - sponsored by the UTPA Foundation - was organized to allow donors and their student recipients the opportunity to meet.
"We like to take time each year to thank those who have always been here for the University and the students," said Roland S. Arriola, vice president for External Affairs. "The contributions are greatly needed, and we are thankful to the donors for their donations."
During the luncheon, students were congratulated for their academic success and given the opportunity to speak about their experiences at UTPA.
"When I came to UTPA, I did not have enough money to pay the out-of-state tuition," said Ed Marco, recipient of the Al Ogletree scholarship and UTPA baseball player. "Because I got the scholarship, I was able to afford college. I want to thank the University and Al Ogletree for the scholarship because it has made my dreams come true."
The University has more than 200 endowed scholarships, permanent gifts named in honor of an individual or institution to assist students in a particular field.
Among those attending the luncheon were former Congressman Kika de la Garza; James Langabeer, vice president for Business Affairs and scholarship donor; Roy Martinez; former UTPA Foundation chairman; and T. Edward Mercer, director of Planned Giving at UTPA.