|UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevarez, center, sits with administrators and students during a recent scholarship luncheon at the University Ballroom.|
More than 80 administrators, students and donors attended the luncheon, sponsored by the UTPA Foundation, to familiarize recipients and their monetary benefactors. 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.
UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez said the quality of students and the University continues to improve thanks in part to the donations.
"It takes the private sector to really help this institution. Scholarship donations are very meaningful and will help the University achieve its goal of becoming a doctoral research institution," he said. "I think we are well on our way."
Administrators congratulated the students, who were recognized for academic excellence in their areas of study.
"You students are exactly the type of students we want to attract to this University," said Dr. John Edwards, vice president for Enrollment and Student Services.
Scholarship recipients told donors they appreciated their generosity.
"You really have no idea how much you help students out when you donate," said Jason Thompson, recipient of the Al Ogletree Endowed Scholarship. He added the former UTPA baseball head coach was an inspiration to him as he plans to coach high school baseball.
"I can’t think of a better role model or coach, and I’m very honored to receive the Al Ogletree Endowed Scholarship," Thompson said.