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UHV creates endowment for first-generation student scholarships

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Feb. 12, 2011 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 11, 2011 at 8:12 p.m.

Denee Thomas

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The University of Houston-Victoria Letting Education Achieve Dreams program has created a scholarship endowment to benefit first-generation university students.

The new endowment, called "Achieve Your Dreams," will create scholarships for students whose parents did not earn bachelor's degrees, said Denee Thomas, senior director of enrollment management.

"In the spirit of UHV's commitment to provide quality education for a diverse student body, preference will be given to students who do not come from a college-educated background," Thomas said.

The endowment was funded after two softball tournaments that raised more than $10,000.

As the endowment grows, it may fund multiple awards each year, Thomas said. When multiple scholarships are able to be awarded, at least one will be made to a student transferring from or concurrently enrolled at Victoria College.

"We're going to continue to raise funds for the endowment," Thomas said. "We see UHV playing an important part in educating the young people of our region."

Students must enroll part-time or full-time at UHV and have at least a 2.0 grade-point average.

The idea combined the passions of LEAD employees.

"The original idea came from a co-worker, and I had a softball league background," Senior LEAD Coordinator Billy Lagal said. "We did a lot of the planning, solicited donations, set up scheduling, recruited teams and set up publicity."

LEAD's vision is to raise the education level in the Victoria area by promoting higher education among underserved, underrepresented and nontraditional students. It works with students by helping them through the university's processes, from admissions, to degree information and mentoring.

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