(Oct. 4, 2017) -- It was the summer of ’84, when Melanie Hennis '87 made UTSA history by becoming the first female to compete at the cross country national championships. Now at age 55, Hennis is making headlines again.
Hennis, who graduated from UTSA in 1987 with a bachelor’s of science degree in education recently made plans to establish a $450,000 scholarship at her alma mater. She decided to do this as she was preparing her will and estate plans. Her legacy at UTSA will include the Melanie Hennis Track and Field Endowed Scholarship, which will help new generations of female track and field athletes at UTSA.
“I woke up one day and felt inspired to help,” said Hennis, owner of Sage Social Services, a counseling clinic with several therapy animals. “Looking back, the sport really helped me develop skills—it taught me mental toughness and determination, and I wanted to provide resources for current students.”
For Hennis, her interest in the sport first began while a student at Jourdanton High School. She then enrolled at UTSA where she joined the inaugural women’s track and field team. It was there that she became the first female to make to make it to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Nationals. Although she didn’t take top honors—coming in at 96th place— Hennis credits her time at UTSA for instilling in her the drive to succeed.
“As an athlete you really learn how to stay focus and be driven,” said Hennis, who through her gift hopes to motivate a new generation of female athletes at UTSA. “Being a part of the track team at UTSA really taught me that ‘I can do this’.”
If you would like your legacy to include UTSA, please contact Kim West at Kimberly.email@example.com or (210) 458-7307.
Throughout the summer, UTSA offers more than 60 camps in science, engineering, architecture, sports, music, writing, language, culture and more.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
UTSA and the San Antonio Express-News will jointly host this town hall meeting to discuss Unequal Justice in Bexar County and in Texas.Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.Various locations, Main Campus and Downtown Campuses
Finance and Budget Modeling Task Force presents a panel presentation of experts from 4 universities with experience in incentive-based budgeting. All UTSA campus community is invited to attend and be informed about budgeting processes.Business Building Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
This event showcases the work of trainees, faculty, staff and students from multiple disciplines and public health agencies across San Antonio.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
This exhibit highlights the UTSA Special Collections, which includes historic photographs from Texas, San Antonio and UTSA history.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Come learn about the benefits available before the enrollment period July 15-31.Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
Come learn about the benefits available before the enrollment period July 15-31.Durango Building River Walk Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus