UHV president sets donation example at start of giving campaign
Nov. 10, 2012 at 5:10 a.m.
University of Houston-Victoria President Philip Castille and his wife, Shannon, recently established a $10,000 endowment fund.
The fund will not only support merit scholarships for underclassmen but will also encourage others to do the same.
The Philip and Shannon Castille Presidential Scholarship Endowment will fund UHV merit-based scholarships that recognize and promote academic excellence.
The endowment will go toward the Presidential Scholarship, which offers financial support for students with successful high school careers who continue their academic achievements at UHV.
"As an emerging destination university, having enough scholarships for first-time college students is a top priority," Castille said. "Shannon and I want to encourage others at the university and in the community to donate to more merit-based scholarships so we can reach out to top-ranking high school students and bring them to UHV."
Last year, a record $93,951 was donated by university employees to various programs and scholarships. This all-time high was matched dollar for dollar by the university, making the total contribution $187,902.
The accounts receiving more than $1,000 in donations last year were the American Book Review, Campaign Victoria, Roy and Ileen Foley Scholarship, Wayne and Cheryl Beran Endowment Fund, nursing program support, Library Excellence Fund and the School of Business Administration Excellence Fund.
"The All for One - One for All Campaign is one of many ways UHV employees show their support for UHV and its communities," said Amy Mundy, interim director of UHV University Advancement. "We see outstanding examples every day of UHV faculty and staff who go the extra mile to create opportunities and ensure excellence for our students, allowing UHV to change lives throughout Victoria and Greater Houston."