Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Rotary Clubs, A&M-Kingsville Join Together For Scholarship

KINGSVILLE - January 31, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Matching gift scholarship program named for Rotary District Governor

The 55 Rotary Clubs of District 5930 have joined with Texas A&M University-Kingsville to provide matching scholarships for students chosen by each club who major in mathematics, science or engineering.

The Tom Moore-Rotary District 5930 Scholarship Program allows each of the clubs in the district to select one recipient per year to receive a scholarship of up to $1,000 for the first semester. The university, in turn, will match the scholarship for up to three long semesters. Students who complete all four semesters could receive up to $4,000.

Tom Moore is the current District 5930 Governor and member of the McAllen North Club. District 5930 covers South Texas from Laredo to Victoria and south to Brownsville. He spoke to the president of the Kingsville-Sunrise Rotary Club, Randy Hughes, about initiating the project.

“Helping high school students make the transition to college is one of the focuses of the Rotary Club,” Moore said. “The scholarship recipients are selected at the club level, and what the university is doing is outstanding. Matching three to one is terrific.”

“District Governor Tom Moore has been the driving force among Rotary Clubs in District 5930 to create scholarship programs at our region’s universities, and Texas A&M-Kingsville is glad to be among them,” said Hughes, who also is vice president for institutional advancement at the university. “His call to action to all the clubs in the district is commendable because it is creating new scholarship support to deserving students. For that reason, we elected to name our program in his honor.”

Because each club selects its own recipients, some of the qualifications may vary; however, the university stipulates that the students must apply for and be accepted for admission, must be in the top 25 percent of their graduating class, must register for 15 semester credit hours for each semester they receive the scholarship and must major in mathematics, the sciences or engineering. Students continuing for more than one semester are required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and successfully complete 12 semester credit hours per semester.

For more information on the scholarship, contact the office of the vice president of enrollment management at A&M-Kingsville at 361-593-4060.

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