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September 17th, 2010
Texas State scholarship named in honor of CenturyTel's Navarrette

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CentryTel’s John Navarrette of San Marcos is honored by a scholarship in his name at Texas State.

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The Graduate College at Texas State will honor long-time supporter John Navarrette by establishing a Celebrity Golf Classic scholarship in his name.

Narvarrette has served on the Chartwells CenturyLink Celebrity Classic executive committee since the fundraiser moved to the Graduate College. He is the South Texas District operations manager for CenturyLink, the name sponsor of the event. He was responsible for CenturyLink’s involvement in the golf classic when the sponsor was then known as CenturyTel.

Guaduate College Dean Mike Willoughby said Navarette’s scholarship will be one of three that are named for individuals who worked on behalf of the Celebrity Classic. The event has raised more than $1 million in scholarship funds for graduate students.

“John Navarrette is most deserving of having a scholarship named in his honor,” said Willoughby. “In addition to his many outstanding contributions to the Classic, he has given so much to Texas State and the San Marcos community.  He exemplifies an extraordinary work ethic and impeccable character.  I am confident he will be an inspiration to all students fortunate enough to receive the Navarrette Scholarship.”

The existing scholarships pay tribute in name to former Texas State President Jerome Supple and retired Chartwells resident manager Charles Blackwell.

Navarrette started his career with CenturyLink at its predecessor the San Marcos Telephone Company, in 1975 as an installer/repairman. He graduated through the ranks from supervisor to director of operations in 1987 after receiving his degree from what is now Texas State. He was acting general manager for Texas and Louisiana from 2000-2002 and again from 2004-2006.

The first Navarrette scholarship will be awarded sometime this fall.

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