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And the money keeps rolling in

Gala raises a record $150,000 for scholarships

Nearly $150,000 was raised at the 12th annual UTSA Alumni Gala, held Aug. 20 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.

"That’s an almost 40 percent increase over the record–setting gala event last year," said Jim Mickey ’78, associate vice president of alumni programs and marketing. "The 2011 event will enable more scholarships to be awarded than ever before."

More than 640 people attended the event that honored Clay Killinger ’83 and Nancy Kudla ’87 with Alumnus of the Year awards, and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and Zachry Holdings’ Cathy Obriotti Green with Distinguished Service Awards.

"We were really excited with the turnout," said Susan Hough ’91, gala chair. "The gala’s continued success translates into our association being able to award even more scholarships to deserving UTSA students."

This academic year, $120,000 in scholarships have been awarded, up 67 percent from the previous year. This year, 60 students are receiving $2,000 in alumni-sponsored scholarships per year.

The association began awarding scholarships in 1982. "We have come a long way from only one student receiving a $250 book scholarship," said Randy Vogel ’79, board president.

Since that time, $985,000 in scholarships have been awarded to UTSA students through the association.

"We would like to sincerely thank our donors, sponsors, attendees and volunteers for making our 2011 alumni gala so special," Mickey said.

—Craig Evans


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