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UTSA Dream Runners program awarded $10K from State Farm to promote college awareness

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State Farm gift presentation to UTSA

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(May 29, 2014) -- State Farm has donated $10,000 to support the UTSA Dream Runners, a collaborative program between the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and UTSA Athletics that focuses on the educational improvement and higher education awareness of San Antonio area elementary and middle school students in grades 5-8.

Through the program, participants are given the opportunity to learn and experience college life by hearing from UTSA student athletes and then seeing them on the field or court. Students also are taught the importance of reading and math skills and the value of pursuing educational opportunities after high school graduation. Additionally, the students are introduced to a university setting when they tour the UTSA campus.

Dream Runners not only teaches students about higher education, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but also about the importance of working hard to be their best academically as well as athletically.

Campus administrators from Northeast Independent School District and Somerset Independent School District also were in attendance at the presentation ceremony and shared testimony about the impact the Dream Runners program has had in their school districts.

"Many times we do not get a chance to see the tremendous impact people can have on individuals, but that is not the case with the Dream Runner program," said Kriesti Bunch, Somerset ISD staff development coordinator. "The model athletes involved in the program bring hope and inspiration to these students and encourage the students to strive high so they can reach their goals."

 

 

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UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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