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December 2003

Release Date: December 15, 2003

Friends Group Awards First Lee Scholarship at ASU Library

A junior kinesiology major from San Angelo has been selected recipient of the first Joe Bill Lee Scholarship, named in honor of the former Angelo State University head librarian and given by the Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and West Texas Collection.

Zachary Ramirez has been awarded the $250 Lee Scholarship for the spring semester. The scholarship was established by the Friends to recognize outstanding work by a student assistant in the Porter Henderson Library or the West Texas Collection. Ramirez works in the library's acquisitions unit. A Central High School graduate, Ramirez is the son of Irene G. Ramirez of 3318 Stanford Ave., San Angelo, and Oscar Reyes Ramirez of Arlington.

Both Ramirez and Lee will be honored during a reception at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, in the Conference Room of the Porter Henderson Library.Lee was ASU's head librarian from 1963-1992. During his tenure, Lee oversaw the design and construction of the Porter Henderson Library. Dr. Maurice Fortin, ASU's current library director, said the decision by the Friends to award a scholarship in Lee's name was an appropriate way to honor Lee for his many accomplishments and many years of service to ASU.The Lee Scholarship will be awardedeach fall and spring semester to a student nominated by a supervisor or other full-time library staff member for outstanding work performance and service-oriented attitude. The recipient must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.