(March 2, 2018) -- A few buildings, great professors and the challenge to budget to pay for classes—that's what Melinda Bryant '83 remembers most about her time as a college student at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).
Fast forward 35 years and the retired accountant has named UTSA as a beneficiary of her retirement accounts to ultimately establish two endowed scholarships: the Melinda H. Bryant Endowed Athletic Scholarship and theMelinda H. Bryant, CPA Endowed Scholarship in Accounting.
Bryant’s motive to give to UTSA is personal. She remembers the challenges of working part-time while going to college and she wants to help students like her.
"I remember trying to scrape up my last dollars to make sure I had money for tuition and books," said Bryant. "It was a struggle coming up with the money from semester to semester. I'd have to ask myself, 'how many hours will I be able to afford this semester?'"
The daughter of a phone line technician and house wife, Bryant dropped out of college in San Marcos and relocated to San Antonio, where she spent six years in between odd jobs. It was seeing the success of others around her that motivated her to return to school.
Despite being a non-traditional student in her late 20's, Bryant persevered, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
It was a career fair at UTSA that landed her a job with Touche Ross, one of the city's largest accounting firms at the time. She soon moved up the ranks in the field, traveling the world as an auditor.
Now retired from the business, Bryant and her husband Daniel are UTSA football fans, and can be found cheering on the Roadrunners at every tailgate and home game.
Eager to help students now, the couple has also established the Melinda and Danny Bryant Annual Scholarship in Accounting, which will be awarded for the first time in fall 2018. Bryant hopes the scholarships will give hope to students and inspire others to give back. All will provide endless opportunities for future Roadrunners.
"I hope to help students who are passionate in their studies. I want them to have a happy life, a fulfilling life and an exciting career," said Bryant. "I've been blessed and it's an honor to give back. I hope more people will consider making a gift and I strongly encourage them to do so, because if you can help somebody fulfil the dream of getting a college education, making that a reality, then I think that's awesome."
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is a major exploration fair intended to provide students with information on selecting their major.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
During this moderated open forum, Roadrunners will hear one of the finalists for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs give an overview of qualifications, interest in the position and vision for the academic enterprise at UTSA, followed by a question and answer session.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
During this moderated open forum, Roadrunners will hear one of the finalists for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs give an overview of qualifications, interest in the position and vision for the academic enterprise at UTSA, followed by a question and answer session.Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to come together and volunteer at various San Antonio nonprofits.Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus