Buy a Brick, Bring a Graduate

Student Government Association is 'Paving the Way to Student Success' with the first graduate scholarship program.

Written by Cory Chandler

The personalized bricks will make up the SGA's Scholarship Walk which runs from the Administration Building to Memorial Circle.

The SGA will add personalized bricks to its Scholarship Walk stretching from the Administration Building to Memorial Circle.

Of all the perks that come with seniority on a college campus, until recently, this wasn’t one: a scholarship endowment that graduate students could call their very own.

Well, go ahead and add it to the list.

The Student Government Association (SGA) has rolled out a new scholarship program in an effort to attract more graduate students to Texas Tech University.

Step Towards Assisting Graduate Education (STAGE) is a first for Texas Tech, and provides need- and merit-based scholarships awarded exclusively to students enrolled in the Graduate School.

Even better: Students don’t have to be enrolled full-time; graduates taking part-time course loads are eligible for financial assistance through the program.

“One of my first initiatives when I took office was to start a scholarship campaign directed toward helping graduate student body,” said Arindam Mazumdar, the SGA’s vice president for graduate and professional affairs.

The benefit of this is obvious enough to Mazumdar, who is pursuing a doctorate in chemistry: competing institutions were able to woo quality students who might otherwise attend Texas Tech by offering them financial support.

So the campaigning began, and with donations from the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, SGA recently established an endowment of $10,000. It will award the first two scholarships – $1,000 to a full-time student and $500 to a part-time student – in April for the fall 2009 semester.

The number of scholarships will increase as the SGA, with support from the Graduate School and Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, continues raising money to grow the endowment to its goal of $1 million.

Donors who contribute $1,000 or more to the program will have their name and a personal message etched into a brick on a heavily-trafficked campus thoroughfare: the SGA’s Scholarship Walk, which stretches from the Administration Building to the heart of Memorial Circle.

“In order for us to achieve this fundraising goal, we are soliciting support from both business and individuals,” Mazumdar said. “An investment in a student’s pursuit of graduate education is an investment in the future of Texas Tech and its nation.”

For questions or to make a contribution please call Donna Rogers, development officer in the Graduate School, at (806) 742-2781 ext. 242.