Hurricane Alley Becomes First Business to Begin Unique Scholarship/Internship Partnership

July 16, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi announces a one-of-a-kind gift from Hurricane Alley and the Devary Durrill Foundation, which gives business students a lead in the tourism industry.

“We are excited to provide our students the education and experience they need to land their first job and put them on a leadership track for the rest of their lives,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President/CEO of Texas A&M- Corpus Christi. “Hurricane Alley and the Devary Durrill Foundation are not only helping students to complete their education but are giving them valuable skills they will benefit from for a lifetime. This type of contribution really leads to the highest success for our students and the Coastal Bend community as a whole.”

This unique gift to the Island University provides deserving business students a one-year $10,000 scholarship and a paid internship in marketing and administrative offices at Hurricane Alley, a successful tourism-focused business that receives more than 100,000 visitors each year. Students eligible to receive the scholarship must major in business, maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, have junior or senior status, and must be enrolled full-time at A&M-Corpus Christi.  Students who receive the scholarship in their junior year may reapply for it in their senior year. Applications will be accepted Oct. 1 through March 1 online at scholarships.tamucc.edu.

“We felt that it was important to ensure that students from our area are preparing to become the next leaders in the tourism industry, which is so important for our Coastal Bend economy,” said Jim Kunau with Hurricane Alley. “Hurricane Alley is proud to lead the way in this innovative effort to give back to our community and help grow our economy.”

Opportunities in the tourism industry are second only to oil and gas in the state of Texas. According to state reports, the gross domestic product of the Texas travel industry was $26.8 billion in 2012.

“For our students, many who grew up in the Coastal Bend, careers in the tourism industry can be highly-lucrative, “said Killebrew. “We are excited about the potential for Corpus Christi to grow as a tourism destination with our beautiful bay and businesses such as Hurricane Alley leading the way.”

The Durrill Family has enriched the university experience for generations of students through the momentum sculpture donated to the campus that now stands at the front door of the Island University, the beautiful palapas lining the edges of the campus, and other forms of generous contributions.

“A&M-Corpus Christi is an important educational and cultural center for our community,” said Dusty Durrill of the Devary Durrill Foundation. “With its fast-growing campus and research initiatives, it has become a beacon of the Corpus Christi economy. We are proud to be part of such a vibrant, transformative force in our community.”