Garcia family establishes endowment to benefit education students
Posted: 06/27/2003
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The University of Texas-Pan American announces the establishment of the Josefina (Josie) Garcia Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Elementary Education.

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Josefina (Josie) Garcia

The scholarship is funded by a $25,000 gift to the University by her husband G.G. Garcia and their children: Josie Garcia, Rosa Cady and Gilbert Garcia.

The scholarship memorializes the late Mrs. Garcia, a dedicated educator who gave 40 years of her life to the public school system, helped foster the talents of countless budding teachers, and practiced the philosophy that children always come first.

“Our family felt that the best way to preserve her memory was by assisting young people who are aspiring to become elementary school teachers,” said G.G. Garcia. “She enjoyed her career as a teacher, and loved children.”

Mrs. Garcia was born in 1929 in Laredo, and graduated from Martin High School in 1947. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University in Denton (then Texas State College for Women) in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and began her teaching career in Laredo at MacDonnell and Leyendecker Elementary Schools. In 1954, she received her master’s degree from Texas A&I University.

That same year, she married, and relocated with her husband to San Benito, where she taught at Frank Roberts and Fred Booth Elementary Schools. In 1958, the family – which now included two baby girls – moved to Brownsville, where she taught at Cromack and Garden Park Elementary Schools.

In the summer of 1974, the family, which now included a son, moved to Edinburg, where she taught at Lamar Elementary School until her retirement in 1990.

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Pictured above from left to right: Rosa Garcia Cady; Gilbert Garcia; Dr. Hilda Medrano, dean for the College of Education; G.G. Garcia; Josefina Garcia; and Roland S. Arriola, vice president for the Division of External Affairs.

During her tenure there, UT Pan American placed its elementary education students at Lamar, where they gained classroom experience under the mentorship of the school’s most seasoned teachers. As such a mentor, Mrs. Garcia encouraged and influenced many current teachers.

Roland S. Arriola, vice president for External Affairs at UTPA, said this donation will help students accomplish their goals of becoming school teachers, and at the same time, allow Mrs. Garcia’s memory to live on.

“The University strives to provide the best education for our students, but we cannot do it alone,” Arriola said. “It is because of generous gifts like the one from the Garcia family, that we can help students fulfill their dreams of receiving a college degree.”

In the spirit of her great commitment to education, this scholarship will provide assistance and encouragement to young people who aspire to be elementary school teachers, helping to guide children through the most important formative stage of their lives.