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SpawGlass donates $25,000 to UTPA for student scholarships
Posted: 08/26/2010
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The University of Texas-Pan American and general contractor SpawGlass are working together to make sure more talented students have the opportunity of obtaining an education.

The SpawGlass Foundation donated $25,000 to UTPA to start an endowment to be used for student scholarships. Pictured from left to right are: Janice Odom, vice president of University Advancement; Rene Capistran, president of SpawGlass South Texas region; Dr. David Allen, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science; Fred Raley, chairman and CEO of SpawGlass; Clayton Frady, member of the SpawGlass Foundation's Board of Trustees; and Lydia Aleman, associate vice president of University Advancement.

The SpawGlass Foundation, the nonprofit wing of the company, recently created a $25,000 endowment at UTPA for student scholarships.

"SpawGlass has had a major presence in the Rio Grande Valley for more than 20 years; indeed, they have been contractors on several construction projects on the UTPA campus," said Dr. David Allen, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. " This donation to UTPA for student scholarships will help to insure that students in engineering from UTPA will continue to help the Valley to prosper for many years to come. We thank SpawGlass for taking this major leadership role in linking the business community with UTPA."

Lydia Aleman, associate vice president for the Division of University Advancement, said the University is looking forward to a continued partnership with SpawGlass. "The spirit of giving by the SpawGlass Foundation is strong and we are pleased they have invested in UTPA and its students," Aleman said. "We are grateful for the $25,000 gift commitment."

SpawGlass has contributed to the University over the past 11 years. But this is the first time its foundation has established an endowment, according to company officials.

"Part of our goal is to be a good corporate citizen and give back to the communities in which we're fortunate to work and the scholarships are one part of it," said Fred Raley, chairman and CEO of SpawGlass.

The company has established other endowments with The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and Rice University. Not only does the endowment allow the company to promote education, it also gives it the opportunity to find new employees in graduates, Raley said.

"We like to recruit from the universities that we serve and that's developing a relationship at the department level and hopefully helping a well-qualified student who may or may not be able to go to school," he said.

The endowment also helps open the communication between the company and higher education in discussing what is expected of graduates who enter the workforce, said Rene Capistran, president of SpawGlass South Texas region.

"When we talk about community we talk about our future leaders," Capistran said. "Every day we think about the things we see on TV and how we can create an impact. What better way to create an impact than provide opportunities for our future leaders, for our students?"