Top photo: Student Margaret Pieper and College of Sciences Dean
Bottom photo: Donor Olga Madrid, student Devon Lopez and Perry
(Photos by Mark McClendon)
Science scholarships motivate UTSA students
By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist
(Dec. 3, 2008)--The UTSA College of Sciences recently hosted a reception to thank scholarship donors for helping students to pursue degrees at UTSA. College of Sciences Dean George Perry recognized 48 students who were awarded UTSA scholarships and inspired to succeed.
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Among the recipients was Margaret Pieper, a senior mathematics major from Dallas, set to graduate this month after juggling work, school and care of her four-year-old daughter Madelyn.
"The Loop 410 Association Scholarship has been so rewarding because it acknowledges the struggles I have gone through and overcome," said Pieper. "It has given me strength to finish, and it's nice to have people acknowledge that I am strong and have it in me to get it done."
Pieper works in the mail trust and e-mail support division at Rackspace Hosting and is considering a career in teaching.
Devon Lopez is a freshman biology major from San Antonio who hopes to continue her education at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and pursue a career in nursing or as a physician's assistant. She received the $2,400 Sam Madrid Jr. scholarship and was able to meet Madrid's widow, Olga Madrid, at the event.
Established in 1999 with a $15,000 contribution, the Sam Madrid Jr. Scholarships in Science and Engineering endowment has grown to nearly $70,000 and has provided 22 scholarships to UTSA science and engineering majors.
Widely known throughout the San Antonio community, Sam Madrid Jr. earned both engineering and science degrees while employed at Kelly Air Force Base as one of the first Hispanic engineers. After his death, his widow asked that donations be sent in lieu of flowers to augment the scholarship endowment established in his honor by Kelly colleagues.
"Sam always thought education was the key to help children with whatever they wanted to do in life," said Olga Madrid. "He always used to say when you get to where you want to be, extend a helping hand to those coming after you."