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December 18, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

HOMETOWN RELEASE: Palestine Resident Awarded UT Tyler Volunteer Service Scholarship


Tammy Corson of Palestine, a senior at The University of Texas at Tyler, received a Bonnie and Scott Palmer Service Scholarship in the amount of $500. 

Corson, a nursing major, is president of the UT Tyler Nursing Student Association, where she has helped plan communitywide health fairs and worked with volunteer organizations through the UT Tyler Palestine Campus. She plans to graduate in May 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. Corson will pursue a career as registered nurse with oncology certification.

“The more we learn, the more we have to share with others,” she said.

The scholarship is presented each semester to exceptional UT Tyler students who show service accomplishments either on campus or for non-profit organizations. To be considered for the award, students completed an essay detailing service project involvement and how the service contributed to their academic goals and personal growth. They also submitted a letter of recommendation. 

Scott and Bonnie Palmer have been involved with giving to UT Tyler since 2000, starting with President’s Associates, Cowan Center Circle of Friends and the Heritage Society. When Scott died in June 2006, an endowed scholarship was established in his memory, with many friends and family joining Bonnie in contributing to the fund.

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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