Amarilisa Perez is from Corpus Christi, Texas, and is a freshman studying public relations with a concentration in digital media and a minor in business administration. Perez is a proud student worker at the Student Recreation Center.
"Thank you for supporting this scholarship, this scholarship means a lot to me. It has really helped me and my family so much and it's given us some peace of mind, knowing that there is some support going towards my college tuition and fees. I don't have to work as many hours, and I can focus more on my studies and get more involved on campus with different organizations.”
Ainsley Forbes is a senior graduating in May with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Innovation and Mass Communication. She was born and raised in Cedar Park, Texas.
"This scholarship has meant a lot to me because it is going to help me further my education and pursue my dreams. Thank you for investing in me and believing in me and that I was deserving of this because it is such an honor. The fact that people who didn't even know me believed in me means a lot to me."
Rose Robertson was born in Oregon and raised in Seguin, Texas. She is a Senior studying Biology. She was the valedictorian of her high school class, obtaining her associate's degree through dual credit in high school. Her mother is a Texas State alumnus, and her brother is a current student. Robertson works at the Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC) as a Supplemental Instruction Leader and helps students in traditionally difficult classes, such as Chemistry II. She sits in on the class as a traditional student and hosts collaborative group study sessions.
"Receiving this scholarship connects me to my family," Robertson said. "Thank you to all the donors who made this scholarship possible. This really means a lot to me."
Sabrina Crayton is working towards a Bachelor of Social Work with an anticipated graduation date of December 2022.
“I have four kids, I'm a single mom and it's a struggle in itself. Navigating being a mother and being a student. There are several things I have been through in life. So social work is just kind of natural to me. I chose social work to help other people that have been through what I've been through."
"This scholarship is why it is possible for me to continue to come to school. Scholarships is how I survive, literally. And I am just so appreciative.”
Landen Dietz, born and raised in Schertz, TX, is a freshman studying Business Marketing. Growing up, he felt that Texas State was like a next-door neighbor. He wanted a place where he could be independent but not too far from home. Dietz only applied to Texas State, and this scholarship made me want to come here.
"There are a lot of scholarship opportunities at Texas State. Thank you for putting your money to good use and supporting my future. This scholarship meant a lot to me, it is a big deal and a lot of help.”
Elisabeth Roach has begun her second year as an accounting student. She is the treasurer of the McCoy College Ambassadors, serves as a Peer Mentor, and is a Student Coordinator for the Honors College. When asked what she enjoys about being a student at Texas State, Elisabeth replied, “Texas State has diversity; people that are like me.” Roach currently has a 4.0 GPA and has a goal of being Suma Cum Laude at graduation, all while balancing social, academic, and work life.
“Thank you for helping to ease my financial burden, this scholarship allows me to be able to get involved on campus.”
Nisha McDonald is a student studying marketing at the McCoy College of Business. She is a rising professional with six completed internships and an internship with IBM this summer. She is the founder of the Texas State student organization Women's Development Group, involved with Cru, Younglife, and Women of Color Organization.
"I want to provide inclusive environments in the corporate world. I want to provide mobility for women of color. I want to be included in the room and lead," McDonald shared.
"I am extremely appreciative to the donors of this scholarship. Now I can focus on my educational endeavors and career readiness goals. Not everyone gets this privilege, and I am grateful."
Johanna Foster is a student studying Social Work at Texas State University, mother to a two-year-old girl, and a proud recipient of the Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship. Johanna hopes to make an impact as a social worker.
"This scholarship allows me the opportunity to attend Texas State as a full-time student, full-time mom, helping me to attend school and care for my daughter."
Foster dreams of working with the veteran community or Child Protective Services because these are the communities she believes have the greatest need.
Lauryn Tyndall is an Austin native studying Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Pre-Rehabilitation Sciences. She hopes to join the medical field one day by becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Tyndall hopes to provide compassionate care and to truly connect with her patients.
“I am proud to one day become a Texas State Alumnus, and earning this scholarship fills me with Bobcat pride and helps to provide a stable foundation as I put myself through college."
Tyndall was nervous to go off to college, but she took comfort in attending a university not too far from home. Tyndall's father and brother both graduated from Texas State, and she takes great pride in being a Bobcat.
Audrey Mills is a senior studying criminal justice who will graduate in December 2022. Texas State was an easy choice for Mills, as she sat in her first crime theory class as a young child when her mom was a student at Texas State. Mills decided to follow in her father’s footsteps, wanting to become a probation officer.
"The criminal justice system is not where it needs to be, and the only way to change it is from the inside.” When asked what receiving this scholarship means to her, Mills said,
“It was an honor to receive this scholarship. I work two jobs while studying as a full-time student, and this scholarship was rewarded at a time when I needed it most, to finish my degree.”
Parker Reed completed her first year at Texas State University, working towards her BFA in Theatre, specializing in Performance and Production. After graduation, Reed dreams of moving to New York to teach children how to express themselves through theatre and to perform in theatre productions herself. Reed chose Texas State University because it has the second-largest theatre program in the country. Her time at Texas State has reminded her of the need for community.
"Reflecting on the seclusion of the pandemic, it has been important to come back into a shared community and it has brought everyone closer together."
Reed thanks those who continue to support the Alumni Association. "I am grateful for the supporters of the Alumni Association who are walking with me as I pursue my degree," Reed stated. "I honestly could not have gotten through college without their help."
Serenity De Leon
Serenity De Leon is a student studying political science with a minor in business. She was born and raised in Seguin and is passionate about implementing change in her local community by pursuing a career in local government. De Leon plans to work in local government or hold office as a city manager after graduation.
Her thesis is on affordable housing, and she hopes to use what she learns to help low socioeconomic communities.
“As a low-income student, this scholarship means the world to me. My goal is to graduate debt-free, and this scholarship helps greatly in accomplishing my goal. I am grateful for the opportunity to have my education funded.”
Sarah Cavender is an incoming freshman majoring in theatre education. She has a passion for performing arts and comes from a family of performers. Cavender joined her first theatre group at 13 years old. She was homeschooled and was inspired by her mom (who was also her teacher) and realized how important of a role that was.
“I am solely responsible for paying for my education, and scholarships make it possible. Receiving this scholarship has increased my passion to pursue an education.”
Cavender hopes to cultivate minds, serve as a mentor, and be a safe space and supporter for her future students.