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New Memorial Scholarship Endowed at UHV

An endowed scholarship fund honoring Lillian Ann Gibson Hunt was recently established at the University of Houston-Victoria through an $11,000 gift made by her husband J. Truett Hunt of Kenedy, Texas, and their children: Truett Lee Hunt, Marcia Ann Hunt and Margaret Lynn Hunt Rice.

Mrs. Hunt was a native of Jasper and, following her marriage, moved to Kenedy where she lived until her death in 2003. She held a Bachelor of Science in home economics from Baylor University and served in many leadership roles at the First Baptist Church of Kenedy. She also participated in women’s study clubs and was a member of the local Head Start and United Way boards.

“We are grateful to the Hunt family for their generosity and happy to help them create a lasting tribute to such a gracious, caring woman,” said UHV President Tim Hudson. “Establishing an endowment helps students achieve their dreams and ensures that Mrs. Hunt’s interest in education lives on.”

Initial preference for the scholarship will be given to UHV students who are residents of Karnes County. The first award will be given this semester to a student who meets the additional criteria of taking at least six credit hours of classes while maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The Ann Gibson Hunt Endowment is one of a growing number of memorial scholarship funds at UHV. As the endowment ages, more and more students will benefit. The funds are invested and only the returns used for scholarship money, establishing a permanent source for student aid.

“Throughout her life, my mother encouraged others in their spiritual and educational development,” said Dr. Margaret Rice, who works at UHV as executive director of Student Services and Regional Outreach. “It is our hope that this scholarship will continue her legacy for generations to come.”

The Hunt family intends to continue contributing to the fund in the future. To learn more about endowed scholarships at UHV, contact the Office of University Advancement at (361) 570-4120.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.