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Kent Gardner Scholarship

Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards 2014-2015

The Fraternity and Sorority Community at UT Arlington has a great opportunity to honor some of its outstanding members this semester through an endowment that was established in 2008 in honor of the past UT Arlington Vice President for Student Affairs, Kent Gardner.

The criterion for eligibility is stated below as well as a statement about Kent Gardner's contributions to UT Arlington. Each nominee will be asked to complete a short application mainly explaining how they have helped continue Kent Gardner's dream for a positive and engaging Fraternity and Sorority Community at UT Arlington.

Dr. Gardner began his career at The University of Texas at Arlington in 1969, as Director of Housing. He later became Assistant Dean of Student Life, Associate Dean of Student Life, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Discipline Coordinator, Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and, finally, Vice President for Student Affairs.

One of his most notable achievements was initiating the Greek system at UTA, colonizing six original groups and establishing the constitution and by-laws for the direction of the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council. Over the years he has been a featured speaker at numerous national fraternity conventions and leadership academies. In 1985, he was honored by Kappa Alpha Order for Interfraternity service at its 61st annual Convention. He was also the winner of the 1993 Robert H. Shaffer Award, given by the Association of Fraternity Advisors, to an individual who has demonstrated long-term commitment to fraternities and sororities on their campus.

Dr. Gardner served as the Executive Director of Order of Omega, a Greek Honor Society, from 1969-2012. Under this direction, it has grown from 10 chapters to over 400 chapters throughout the United States and Canada, and has distributed over $1,000,000 in scholarship and award monies.

To be eligible for the Kent L. Gardner Leadership Scholarship Endowment an applicant
must meet the following criteria:
1. A minimum GPA of 2.5
2. Classified as a junior or senior
3. Demonstrated leadership as a student leader on campus
4. Part of demonstrated leadership occurred in Student Affairs Division

Students who have met the above requirements for eligibility will be given additional
preference for the following:
1. University-wide leadership experience
2. Affiliation with a national fraternity or sorority chapter on campus