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January 2003

Release Date: January 27, 2003

Wolslager Foundation Provides Grants for Clinic, ASU Scholarships

The Wolslager Foundation of San Angelo has awarded two grants totaling $35,000 to Angelo State University to support the operation of a local school health clinic by ASU nursing faculty and to provide scholarships to deserving ASU students.

A grant for $20,000 was awarded to ASU's Nursing Department for operation of the San Jacinto School Health Clinic. Another grant of $15,000 was made to ASU to provide scholarships covering tuition, fees and books for students from area high schools.

Coordinating the grant to the San Jacinto Health Clinic is Linda L. Ferguson, assistant professor of nursing at ASU. The clinic provides primary health care for economically disadvantaged children and adolescents from the school and the neighborhood as well as the community at large. In addition to offering needed health care to an underserved population, the project also provides hands-on clinical experience for ASU students under the supervision of nursing faculty and staff.

The clinic operates on a 10-month basis during the school year in a portable building on the campus of San Jacinto Elementary School. Staff members include Sherrie Bradford, a part-time family nurse practitioner. The San Jacinto School Health Clinic is operated by the ASU Department of Nursing and supported by community partnerships with the San Angelo Independent School District, West Texas Medical Associates, San Angelo-Tom Green County Health Department and San Angelo Community Hospital.

The $15,000 scholarship grant was given to the university to provide scholarships to sophomores, juniors or seniors who have graduated from a high school in Tom Green, Concho, Irion, Sterling, Runnels, Brown, McCulloch, Coke, Crockett, Mills and Schleicher counties.

Students maintaining a 2.75 grade-point average or better and majoring in disciplines in the College of Business and Professional Studies, College of Sciences and School of Education will be eligible for the scholarships that will be presented in the fall of 2003 and spring of 2004.

Michael P. Ryan, ASU's vice president for advancement and university relations, said, "The grants reflect the Wolslager Foundation's commitment to the success and well-being of students at all levels and assist Angelo State University by providing additional scholarship opportunities for our students and by broadening the educational experience of our nursing students. We are very appreciative of this support and what it means to our students."

The Wolslager Foundation is a family foundation created with money the Wolslager family accumulated while owning the Coca-Cola bottling companies in San Angelo, Brownwood, El Paso, Las Cruces, N.M., Tucson, and Huachuca City, Ariz. The Wolslager Foundation was established to improve the quality of life for individuals within the areas where the Wolslager family owned and operated their Coca-Cola business through 1998.

The goal of the foundation is being met by providing support for many educational opportunities, making grants for medical facilities and services, supporting child development programs and providing services for elderly citizens.