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UTA Gourley Foundation scholarship winners recognized at annual luncheon

Thursday, November 8, 2018 • Media Contact: Hillary Green

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Fifteen Maverick students were honored during the annual Mary I. Gourley Foundation Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday. The foundation provides scholarship assistance at six North Texas universities, including The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College, Texas Christian University and Texas Woman’s University.

2018 UTA Mary I. Gourley Foundation scholarship winners

2018 UTA Mary I. Gourley Foundation scholarship winners

The Mary I. Gourley Foundation, based in Fort Worth, helps single parents across North Texas afford college, which some are unable to do while serving as caregivers and breadwinners.

UTA’s 2018-19 scholarships recipients include: Dustin Ash, Nakesha Blackman, Hilda Carmona, Liliana Castillo, Juan “Frank” Chavez, Elizabeth Coello, Chelsea Coulter, Alexandria Dean, Carmen Flores, Christopher “Dillan” Lawson, Justin Lewis, Rachael Moffitt, Shelly Naugle, Lyn Nguyet Nguyen and Julie Rodriguez.

Since 1996, UTA students have received more than $1.2 million in scholarships from the Mary I. Gourley Foundation. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to receive monthly financial support and encouragement from the Foundation.

“Our students are better prepared to succeed thanks to the generous support of the Mary I. Gourley Foundation,” said Karen Krause, UTA executive director of Financial Aid, Scholarships and Veteran’s Affairs.

Lynn Nguyen plans to pursue a career in law enforcement after earning her criminal justice degree. She said the scholarship has allowed her to attend UTA full-time by supporting daycare costs.

Dillon Lawson, another recipient, was grateful for the scholarship and says it offers his family a way to pay for daycare for their two children in addition to other bills. Lawson enrolled at UTA after serving 10 years in the military.

“This money allows students more time to study, cut down on the number of part-time jobs, and spend more time with their children,” said Bob Albritton, president of the Mary I. Gourley Foundation.

Albritton said the foundation has helped nearly 1,000 recipients since its founding.

Mary Gourley grew up poor and was unable to finish her high school education. When she became financially successful later in life, she was determined to give back and help students who have the odds against them in earning a college education. Established with an anonymous gift in 1988, a close relative of Gourley’s founded the Gourley Foundation. The organization typically assists 80-100 nontraditional students per year.