Students at The University of Texas-Pan American will have the opportunity to fulfill their educational dreams without financial burdens thanks to a new scholarship fund - The George and Keturah Lenig Endowment Memorial Scholarship.
The endowment - which was set up by Deborah Yeakel, retired teacher and granddaughter of the Lenigs - includes two 10-acre tracts of land located in Hidalgo County. The value of the tracts is estimated at $130,000.
"The George and Keturah Lenig Endowment Memorial fund for students in financial need is intended to honor the lives of these Valley pioneers in a lasting way through UT Pan American," Yeakel said.
"The Lenigs' work ethic, their friendliness to all, and their constant generosity were, and are, a source of great respect and inspiration to their children, their descendants and their friends and neighbors in the Valley."
The scholarship will help offset college expenses for students planning to pursue a degree from the College of Science and Engineering. This year's scholarship goes to Daniel Cortez, senior electrical engineering student. He will receive $2,000 for the spring semester, and another $2,000 for the fall 2003 semester.
The Lenigs were born and raised in Port Trevorton, Pa. - a small town along the Susquehanna River. They moved to the Edinburg in 1933 during the Great Depression.
During their lives, they were no strangers to hard work, and they contributed much of that hard work to the Edinburg area.
George Lenig was an Edinburg school bus driver and worked for the Coen Construction Company. Many homes, churches and businesses were built with the help of Lenig. He also helped build some of the first buildings for then Edinburg Junior College (UT Pan American).
Yeakel said she understands the challenges students face when having to work to pay for college. She hopes the endowment will help by removing some of the financial burden, and allow students to achieve their academic goals.
For more information on the endowment, contact Deborah Gonzalez at 956/318-5305.