DATE:  March 12, 2008
CONTACT: Dr. Trent Hill 361.825.5749; Cassandra Hinojosa 361.825.2337
Greater Texas Foundation Scholarship Endowment Grant Will Support Deserving Students at A&M-Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Greater Texas Foundation, serving Texas citizens in their pursuit of education, gave Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi an $80,000 grant in February for a scholarship program that opens more doors to earning a college degree.

The Bryan, Texas-based non-profit organization established the Removing Educational Barriers scholarship endowment at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in March 2007 with its initial grant of $20,000. Both the first grant and recent $80,000 grant have been matched by the University, bringing the total scholarship endowment to $200,000. In a year, the University will be able to provide $10,000 in scholarship support.

“Ensuring that students have the opportunity to earn a college degree is vital to the economic prosperity of Texas,” said University President Flavius Killebrew. “We are thankful to the Greater Texas Foundation for developing this generous scholarship endowment. As funding partners, the University will be able to provide many of our best and brightest students a quality education.”

The scholarship endowment was created to benefit full-time undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Awardees must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average, be permanent Texas residents, and demonstrate financial need.

The Greater Texas Foundation, established in 1980, serves the citizens and educational institutions of the state by supporting initiatives that increase access to higher education, support teachers, and encourage parent and community involvement. The foundation also supports educational financing through participation in government- sponsored student loan programs.
Around 70 percent of students at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi receive some form of financial assistance through merit-and need-based scholarships, grants, loans and part-time campus employment.