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Tallant endowment started to develop Presidential Scholarship

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           KINGSVILLE (December 14, 2018) — The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation has established the Steven and Karen Tallant Presidential Scholarship Endowment in honor of the couple’s service to the university. More than $200,000 has already been committed to the new fund.       


           According to Brad Walker, Texas A&M-Kingsville Foundation Chief Executive Officer, the Foundation made the decision at a recent meeting to establish the scholarship and provide $500,000 in matching funds for any contribution of $10,000 or more.


            “Donors must have made their gift or signed a gift agreement prior to Dec. 31, 2019 to be eligible for the match.”


            “Karen and I are truly honored by this act of generosity and kindness to the students of Texas A&M-Kingsville,” Dr. Tallant said. “We have thoroughly enjoyed our 10 years in Kingsville and are so proud to be able to impact future students.”


            The Foundation announced the decision during an event held recently to honor the Tallants. Dr. Tallant has served as university president since October 2008 and announced his retirement at the end of the year.


            “Each member of the Board of Trustees has such great respect for the job Dr. Tallant has done,” Walker said. “They were looking for a way to commemorate his legacy with a permanent endowment. Dr. and Mrs. Tallant have made a tremendous impact on the campus. There will be students receiving the Tallant Presidential Scholarship every year from now on, so that impact will continue.”


            The Presidential Scholarship is the university’s most prestigious academic award for undergraduate students.


            Interested donors may contribute a gift of any size by mailing to the Foundation at P.O. Box 2202, Kingsville, TX  78363 or online at



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