IDEAL Receives $380,000 from J. F Maddox Foundation

The Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners received two grants from the foundation to fund two summer camps for the next few years.

Science: It's a Girl Thing

The J. F Maddox Foundation recently granted Texas Tech University’s Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) two grants totaling more than $380,000 to fund two summer camps hosted by the department – the Texas Tech Summer Institute and Science: It’s a Girl Thing. Both camps provide academic opportunities for students in Lea County, New Mexico.

The grant given to the Texas Tech Summer Institute spans two years and up to $200,000, and the grant given to the Science: It’s a Girl Thing camp spans three years and up to $181,500.

“On behalf of IDEAL, we are extremely grateful to the J. F Maddox Foundation for continuing to support and provide opportunities for students in Lea County to be college ready,” said Isaac Flores, assistant director of IDEAL. “We are honored to receive funding that will allow these students to participate in a rigorous university experience through engaged academic and leadership development during summer residential programs at Texas Tech.”

The Texas Tech Summer Institute began in 2009 and provides students from Lea County a rigorous university experience through engaged academic and leadership development. The camp equips incoming 10th- and 11th-graders with the tools and skills necessary to be successful leaders in their schools and communities.

Students must be nominated by their school counselors and reviewed before acceptance to the camp. Students must be the first in their families to attend a college or university, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, involvement in extracurricular activities, a proven desire to be leaders and be able to answer questions about their future academic and career goals.

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Full scholarships from the J. F Maddox Foundation are provided to all participants to cover costs directly associated with those participating in the Texas Tech Summer Institute. Covered costs include transportation from New Mexico, housing and meals.

The institute welcomes more than 100 first-generation students from Lea County each year and has had more than 600 students from Eunice, Hobbs, Jal, Lovington and Tatum since its beginning.    

Science: It’s a Girl Thing began serving Hobbs Municipal Schools in 2003 after the camp began in 2000. Each summer, more than 100 girls from Hobbs attend to experience university life, hands-on classes and recreational activities while exploring new fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Since its beginning, the camp has had more than 700 girls from Hobbs attend.

The grant received from the J. F Maddox Foundation will cover transportation expenses and provide full scholarships for camp participants.

The camp was established to provide young women with strong role models in the areas of STEM; spark and engage interests in STEM; educate young women on the various career paths within the industries of STEM; and introduce young, underrepresented girls to a collegiate experience.

Classes offered during the camp include topics about:

  • Atmospheric science
  • Computer science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Forensics
  • Physics
  • Animal science and food technology
  • LEGO robotics
  • Math
  • 3D design engineering
  • GIS mapping
  • Anatomy and physiology and more

Camp participants are housed on the Texas Tech campus and are supervised at all times by trained camp counselors.

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The J. F Maddox Foundation has supported these opportunities for students in Lea County and continues to support Texas Tech’s efforts for the area. The founders, Jack and Mabel Maddox, moved to Hobbs in 1931 and later established the organization in 1963 to serve the residents in southeastern New Mexico.

Education was the Maddoxes’ highest priority and they later developed financial opportunities for students such as a student loan program (no longer in existence) and a competitive scholarship program initiated in 1996. The foundation awards five Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarships each year to Lea County area high school students.  

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the J. F Maddox Foundation,” said Paul A. Frazier, associate vice president of Texas Tech’s Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement. “We hope to continue to provide opportunities for students to explore new technologies in STEM fields and inspire first-generation students in their pursuit of a college degree.”

Science: It's a Girl Thing

Texas Tech’s IDEAL department, housed under the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, provides distinctive and unique outreach programs that promote academic excellence in science, technology, engineering, art, math and diversity.

The department offers other camps for students of all ages and partners with many organizations to help students excel in every area of life. Partners include the Halliburton Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, The CH Foundation, East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood and more.

For more information about IDEAL and its camps, visit its website.