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October 2008

Release Date: Oct. 6, 2008ASU Logo

ASU Awards Inaugural First Generation Scholarships

Angelo State University’s new Multicultural and Community Relations Center has awarded its inaugural First Generation Scholarships to four incoming freshmen from San Angelo and Del Rio.

The scholarship program, which grants the largest individual scholarship amounts on campus, was established to provide additional opportunities for students whose parents did not attend college.

Robert Hummingbird and Serena Sosa of San Angelo and Del Rio students Hector Flores and Sabrina Gonzales have each been awarded $7,000 scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year. Each can renew the scholarship for up to four continuous years, provided each maintains a minimum 2.5 grade point average each semester, completes a minimum of 12 semester credit hours each semester and demonstrates exemplary behavior.

Joe Mu�oz, ASU assistant to the president for multicultural and community relations, said, “The scholarships provide an additional financial incentive to help first generation students discover the value of a college education and set an example for others in their family and their community. We want to help these students succeed in line with State of Texas goals to broaden the reach of higher education.”

Hummingbird is a kinesiology major who attended San Angelo Lake View High School. He was a Texas Scholar, UIL Scholar, member of the National Honor Society and SportQuest All-American Christian Athlete nominee. He was also a two-time Holland’s Award winner for the Lake View cross country team, a regional cross country qualifier, team captain, and captain of the Blue Crew spirit team and the FIT San Angelo Running/Walking Club. He has also worked part-time and volunteered with the City of San Angelo Recreation Department.

Sosa is a business major who attended San Angelo Central High school, where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and was a two-year member of the National Honor Society. She was also a Texas Scholar, a member of the district-champion Central golf team, and a member of the Student Council, Key Club and Tri-Hi-Y. Her other activities include working as an instructor and pro shop clerk at Bentwood Country Club and working on the United Way Fundraising Campaign. For her efforts, she was named to Who’s Who Among American High School Students.

Flores is a kinesiology major who attended Del Rio High School, where he was a decorated member of the track and cross country teams. He received the All-District Academic Award, Commitment and Dedication Award, Track Athlete of the Year Award, Cross Country Runner of the Year Award and Perfect Attendance Award. He was captain of both the track and cross country teams and led the cross country team to two regional championships and three state meets. He currently volunteer coaches elementary school cross country runners and works with the Feast of Sharing at Thanksgiving.

Sabrina Gonzales is a pre-nursing major who attended Del Rio High School, where she was Student Council president, senior class secretary and a member of the district champion cross country team. She was also a member of the Journalism and Broadcasting Club and volunteered at various community programs, including Ninos Navidenos, Children’s Shelter, Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Relay for Life, Feast of Sharing and Kid’s Day Fair. She received the Whitehead Memorial Scholarship for Cross Country and the Best Attitude Award from the Journalism and Broadcasting Club.

To be eligible to apply for the First Generation Scholarships, students should: 1) be a first generation student; 2) be an incoming freshman; 3) have scored a minimum 16 ACT or 760 SAT; 4) have graduated in the top 25 percent of their graduating class; and 5) have not received an ASU Carr Academic Scholarship.