Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Faculty Members David and Susan Sabrio Establish English Scholarship for Undergraduate, Graduate Students

KINGSVILLE - August 20, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Two faculty members of Texas A&M University-Kingsville have committed to establishing a $10,000 endowed scholarship for undergraduate and graduate English majors.

Dr. David H. Sabrio, professor of English, and wife, Susan Sabrio, lecturer of mathematics, have set up the David and Susan Sabrio English Scholarship.

  “Sue and I wanted to establish the scholarship for several reasons,” said Sabrio. “Texas A&I/A&M-Kingsville has been our academic community for 25 years, and we have learned a great deal about teaching and scholarship from our current and former students, as well as from colleagues across campus. 

“In addition, we see a real need here for scholarship assistance for our students. We feel that helping our students pay for their education is a wise investment in the future of this region.  We also know from personal experience that higher education can transform people’s lives in many positive ways; this scholarship fund is a small part of that transformation.”

The scholarship will be funded predominantly through royalties from the textbook Insightful Writing, written by Dr. David Sabrio and a former student of his, Dr. Mitchel Burchfield, currently a professor at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde. The book was written to improve writing effectiveness among first-year college and university students, with lessons from Sabrio and Burchfield, readings by respected modern authors, and essays written by A&M-Kingsville students.
Insightful Writing is currently being used at A&M-Kingsville and some 21 other colleges and universities in nine states, from New Jersey to California.

If you would like to receive information about establishing a scholarship or donating to an existing scholarship at Texas A&M-Kingsville, please contact Jay Zambrano, Office of Development at 361-593-3917 or e-mail javier.zambrano@tamuk.edu

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