TWUBA Awards Scholarships

Scholarship presentation

TWUBA members and 2013 scholarship recipients from left to right: Maj. Gen. Mary Saunders, Tyreshia Williams (student honoree), Dianne Randolph, Joleesia Berry (student honoree), Addie Davis and Debra Shepherd. (Photo: Alex Ancira, TWU Lasso)

April 25, 2013, marked an important milestone for TWU Black Alumni.  Two deserving student leaders received the inaugural TWUBA scholarships from monies contributed by TWUBA members.  And what better day to present them than after the annual TWU Founder’s Day luncheon?  “This is an historical moment for our organization and represents a collective effort to “give back” to our university while at the same time encouraging others to continue moving forward with purpose,” said Dianne Randolph, President of TWUBA.

Since its founding in December of 2009, TWUBA has been working toward its goal of presenting scholarship assistance to current TWU students of color as a means of encouraging them toward graduation.  Criteria for the TWU Alumni Black Heritage Scholarship includes being a full time student at TWU, a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of the award, demonstrated financial need as established by the TWU Office of Financial Aid.  The recipients are selected by the General Scholarship Committee.

This year’s scholarship students are Joleesia Berry and Tyreshia Williams:

Joleesia Berry from Dallas is a junior business administration major on the TWU Denton campus.  She is the first African-American student to be appointed as Student Regent since the Student Regent program was started by Governor Perry in 2005.  Joleesia served in several positions within the  TWU Student Government Associations before being elected president for 2012-2013.  Joleesia graduated from the High School for Health Professions at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center in Dallas in 2010.

Tyreshia “Ty” Williams is a junior, commuting from Little Elm. TX who is majoring in Kinesiology with at focus in Physical Therapy.  She is the president of the Pre-Physical Therapy club and president of the Student Foundation, a group that engages the student body in philanthropic projects to support the University.  Ty is an only child who lives with her single mother.

Your membership in TWUBA helps support the scholarship program and in addition, you may contribute directly to TWUBA scholarships.



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