Congratulations to Madi Tabersmith! Madi is our spring 2016 Academic Achievement Scholar recipient! Madi is pursuing a Master of Arts in Sociology and works as a graduate instructional assistant within the department. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Madi also serves as a certified volunteer advocate with Hays-Caldwell Women's Center in San Marcos. We are proud to provide this stand-up student with $2500 to help with educational expenses.
April Hudson is our spring 2015 Academic
Thanks to our incredible donors, we were able to provide her with $2,000 to help offset educational expenses this spring. April is pursuing her M.A. in Sociology and will be graduating from Texas State in May. For the past several years, April has been conducting sociological research regarding the GLBTQIA community. She also serves as a statistics tutor, graduate assistant, and mentor. We are happy to have her as our recipient! Way to go, April!
We awarded two Bobcats with $1500 each to support their academic endeavors. Listen to both recipients share what it means to them to be recipients.
Kami is a senior majoring in sociology and minoring in women's studies. Ze anticipates graduating this summer. Kami is an outstanding student with many praises from professors and plans to pursue a graduate degree in sociology.
Brianna is a junior majoring in communication design. She is an active student leader, both on campus in student organizations and within residence life as a resident assistant.
We awarded two Bobcats $1500 each to support their academic goals.
Christian Duran was a junior majoring in business economics and minoring in international business when he was awarded. He had a 3.7 GPA and had been “paying forward” the inclusion he experienced at Texas State through leadership roles such as, chairman of the Texas State Associated Student Government (ASG) Freshman Council, ASG Senator, Orientation Leader, and PACE Peer Mentor.
Vicki Bates is a Texas State Master of Arts in Physical Education alumnus, and when awarded was in the final year of her Master’s in Professional Counseling. She was maintaining a 3.91 GPA, had made Dean’s list for 6 semesters and was in Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling Honor Society). She shared, “Texas State University has given me the freedom and impetus to be able to stand up for myself… and those others who cannot”. She had found ways to, “stand up for the issues that kept me trembling in fear for so many years” through her program and involvement in Counselors for Social Justice.
We awarded two Bobcats with $1000 each to assist with their educational goals.
At the time, Sarita Espinosa was a sophomore working towards a Psychology major and Sociology minor. Sarita has been active in educating the Texas State community about lesser known sexual and gender identities and is an active member of student organizations.
Corey Kwoka, a Texas State Bachelor of Fine Arts alumnus, was pursuing his Master’s in Theater with a concentration in History and Criticism. During the same semester Corey produced a dynamic reading of Dustin Lance Black's play "8" to Texas State University. He completed his degree in August 2013.
Tyler Dukes was awarded $1000 as the academic achievement scholarship recipient. At the time Tyler was a Texas State junior was pursuing an English major and Sociology minor.
Elizabeth "Liz" Cruz was selected as the first recipient of the Leadership Development Award. Liz attended Camp Pride at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she joined other LGBTQA student leaders from around the nation. As the representative for Texas State, she returned with innovative skills and ideas that she shared with BPSF supporters during the Discussion of Ideasat the beginning of the fall semester. She also presented LGBTQ affirming information at Lambda meetings. At the time Liz was a Texas State sophomore majoring in Communication Design and minoring in Psychology. Listen to Liz speak about her experience in her testimonial.
Shantel Swierc was awarded $500 as the academic achievement scholarship recipient. At the time Shantel was a Texas State junior majoring in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Science. Her passion about animals and their well-being is noticeable as she talks about her volunteer rescue activism and job. Shantel graduated in December 2013.
Shaun Bryan Ford
Shaun Bryan Ford was awarded $500 as the academic achievement scholarship recipient. At the time Shaun was a Texas State junior majoring in Applied Sociology. He was also pursuing a double minor in English and Honors Studies.
Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund™ awarded the first academic achievement stipends. Each recipient was awarded $200 towards their educational costs.
Derek Mergele, a senior at the time, was majoring in Public Administration/ Urban and Regional Planning. Derek made the Dean's List every semester he attended Texas State and graduated in December 2011. Derek is already giving back to the scholarship and created the "Birthday Wish" fundraising initiative. Derek is currently pursuing his Juris Doctor (J.D.) in law at Texas Tech.
Joseph Flores, a junior at the time, was majoring in Political Science and Geography. He completed his bachelor's degree in May 2013. Joseph is currently pursuing his Juris Doctor (J.D.) in law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston.