It’s scholarship dinner season here at the Texas Exes. Three dinners—one each for our chapter scholarships, named/dedicated scholarships, and the Texas Exes Scholars and Forty Acres Scholars—bring hundreds of students, donors, and friends to our building for evenings of fellowship and celebration.
For many students, it’s a chance to finally meet the donor who is supporting their dreams. The dinners are a big part of our philosophy that Texas Exes scholarships are more than just a check—they’re also an investment by alumni in the next generation of Longhorns.
Last night’s named/dedicated dinner was the biggest ever, with about 430 people in attendance. A grand total of $749,625 was awarded to 307 recipients, from freshmen to graduate and professional students. For the 2012-13 academic year, the Texas Exes will award nearly 700 students with more than $1.9 million.
“It was a great event,” says Kristy Kimball, associate director of the Forty Acres Scholars Program. “The dinner is an opportunity for students to see that their donors really care about them and want them to succeed, and it’s also a chance for the students to show their gratitude. It’s always great to see those relationships grow.”
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Photos by Andrew Miller.