Texas Tech Students Receive Scholarships, Laptops

Two new scholarships plus new laptop computers give entering freshmen fast start to college

DATE: Aug. 21, 2007
CONTACT: Sally Logue Post, sally.post@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

Two new scholarships programs will give entering freshmen students at Texas Tech a boost toward their degrees.

The Texas Tech Alumni Association First Generation Scholarships and the Presidential Leadership Scholarships and laptop computers were presented to 140 freshmen students today (Aug. 21) during a ceremony in the Stadium Club of Jones AT&T Stadium.

"Deciding to attend a university is a huge decision and we want to make sure that we are doing everything possible to help our students succeed," said Jon Whitmore, president of Texas Tech University. "These students are representative of the outstanding young men and women we want to see at Texas Tech."

The Alumni Association First Generation Scholarship provides selected applicants with $500 toward tuition and fees. The Alumni Association uses half of the proceeds from sales of its Texas Tech class ring to support the scholarships.

"Our class ring represents the spirit and tradition of Texas Tech," said Bill Dean, executive vice president and CEO of the association. "We are pleased to be able to give back to the university in a way that will help new students be successful."

The Presidential Leadership Scholarship goes to entering freshmen who served in student government positions in high school. The scholarship is funded by sales of the university’s holiday ornament.

Each recipient also received a laptop computer equipped with programs the students will use in their academic major.

There were no minimum requirements for the scholarships. Recipients were selected based on academic record and other factors critical to success in higher education.