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October 23, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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Endowed Scholarship Program Begins for UT Tyler Chemistry Department

Chemistry department chair with Owen Family in chemistry lab

(From left) Dr. Don McClaugherty, UT Tyler Department of Chemistry chair, stands with Louis, Peaches and UT Tyler alumnus John Owen in one of the university’s chemistry labs. 

UT Tyler will begin awarding the John K. Owen Chemistry Scholarship in spring 2009.

John and his family, through the Louis and Peaches Owen Foundation, established the endowed scholarship for the department. John graduated in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Chemistry has introduced a new endowed scholarship program for qualified chemistry majors, Dr. Alisa White, College of Arts and Sciences dean, announced.


UT Tyler will begin awarding the John K. Owen Chemistry Scholarship in spring 2009. Based on performance and need, recipients will be junior or senior chemistry majors maintaining a 3.0 or above GPA.


Scholarship amounts will vary depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded per semester.


UT Tyler alumnus John K. Owen and his family, through the Louis and Peaches Owen Foundation, established the endowed scholarship program for the department. Owen graduated from UT Tyler in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.


“The Department of Chemistry is very thankful to John Owen and his family for their generous and thoughtful gift,” said Dr. Don McClaugherty, Department of Chemistry chair. “The scholarship will allow junior and senior chemistry majors to focus on their academic studies instead of having to sacrifice their time working outside the university.”


Scholarship application deadline is Monday, Dec. 1.


For more information or to apply, contact Dr. Tanya Shtoyko, assistant professor of chemistry and scholarship committee chair, 903.565.5502 or visit http://chemistry.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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