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August 29, 2008

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UT Tyler Announces 'Only in America' Scholarship Recipients

Back row, l to r: Only in America Steering Committee members Harold Beaird, Rev. Jerome Milton, Gaylord Hughey, Dr. Rod Mabry, Nelson Clyde IV, Jim Perkins, Billy Hibbs.

Seated, l to r: Jack Adams, Darrell Geisendorff, Adrian Lopez, Steven Harbaugh, Miguel Garcia.

Not pictured: Daniel Gibson

Six students have been named the first recipients of the Only in America scholarships at The University of Texas at Tyler, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

The financial aid option is designed to recognize the contributions of military men and women by providing scholarships to them or their dependents.

The Only in America “Don King” Scholarship Program was announced in March 2008 during a patriotic celebration featuring philanthropist and businessman Don King who has always supported the Armed Forces, both at home and as they serve abroad. King has visited various military bases and has pledged to help them with their projects.

“It is with great pride that we name the first students to receive these scholarships, which represent the honor and respect that we extend to all the men and women who serve to protect this country. This is our opportunity to show our gratitude while enabling them, or their family, to pursue higher education,” President Mabry said.

Recipients, their hometown and classification are:

Darrell Geisendorff, Katy senior; Adrian Lopez, Spring sophomore; Steven Harbaugh, Tyler junior; Miguel Garcia, Mount Pleasant junior; Jack Adams, Holcomb, Kansas sophomore; and Daniel Gibson, Judson sophomore.

Gibson is currently on active duty in Georgia.    

“As someone who has provided various scholarships, I am most impressed with the enthusiasm there is for this program. Everyone involved is honored to support our troops in this way. It’s great to not only raise the flag in support but also to raise the much-needed funds that will provide financial assistance to our soldiers as they pursue higher education,” said Jim Perkins who chaired the steering committee for the program.

Other committee members are Nelson Clyde IV, Harold Beaird, Gaylord Hughey, Billy Hibbs and the Rev. Jerome Milton.

To qualify for the Only in America “Don King” scholarship, students must be enrolled on a full-time basis at UT Tyler and apply each academic year no later than April 1 for fall and Nov. 1 for spring.

The award is up to $1,000 per semester for fall and spring semesters only. 

The scholarship application will require a brief essay to identify the student’s need for the scholarship and why that student should be selected, according to Candice Lindsey, UT Tyler associate dean for enrollment management.

The scholarship may be used in conjunction with other UT Tyler academic and talent scholarships, but the total of all University scholarship awards may not exceed $3,000 annually, she added.

For more information, contact the UT Tyler Office of Financial Aid, 903.566.7180 or financialaid@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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