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University President Honored Through Scholarship

Media Contact: Kim Rogers
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Date: Oct 20, 2005
Category: Legislative Council


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUSTIN, TX- The University Interscholastic League has announced the creation of a new scholarship to honor University of Texas at Austin President Dr. Larry R. Faulkner. The scholarship, which will be given annually to students who have participated in the UIL Academic State Meet, was established by the University Interscholastic League on Monday to recognize the contributions Dr. Faulkner has made to the extracurricular activity programs in the state of Texas. The scholarship will be administered through the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation, which acts as the scholarship foundation of the UIL.

A native of Louisiana, Dr. Faulkner received his Bachelor of Science degree from SouthernMethodist University in 1966, and was awarded a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969. After serving in several administrative roles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Faulkner became the 27th president of the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Faulkner is the second longest tenured president of the University after Dr. S.E. Mezes. Under the direction of Dr. Mezes, the University of Texas established the University Interscholastic League in 1910.

“Dr. Faulkner's support of UIL activities and his dedication to the students of Texas have left a lasting impression on this generation.” said UIL Director Dr. Bill Farney. “With this scholarship, the UIL hopes to continue his legacy in promoting the mission of the UIL for years to come.”

Since its inception in 1954, the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation has awarded over 15,000 scholarships to colleges and universities throughout Texas to UIL participants who have qualified to the UIL Academic State Meet. Those scholarships are valued at more than $20 million. This year, 560 students received approximately $1.1 million at 56 colleges and universities in Texas. UIL member schools pay administrative costs of TILF, so 100 percent of scholarship donations goes to scholarship recipients.   

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