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The Texas State University System Foundation has named Amber Douglas recipient of the Alan Dreeben Grow Your Own Scholarship award.

Douglas, a doctoral student in the Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization program, will be reimbursed up to $50,000 for required coursework tuition, mandatory fees, course materials and certain living expenses.

“The faculty at this university has made it a priority to afford students with any opportunity that becomes available,” Douglas said. “This award will allow me to complete my research and educational goals; as well provide the opportunity to mentor and encourage further inclusion of women and underprivileged individuals in STEM.”

The TSUS Foundation established the Alan Dreeben Grow Your Own Scholarship Program in 2005 to increase faculty diversity and provide mentoring models for students in the eight universities and colleges that make up the system. Individuals from groups underrepresented on the faculty receive financial assistance to complete their doctoral degrees.

“The most recent National Science Foundation report indicates that women only occupy 30 percent of the Ph.D.s granted in the physical sciences, and about 20 percent in the engineering fields,” said Thomas Myers, director of the Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization Program at Texas State. “Ms. Douglas is one of the outstanding students we believe will help change this demographic in the future. She will be one of the leaders in the near future who successfully helps increase faculty diversity and provides mentoring models for students, minority or otherwise, who struggle to overcome adversity and other barriers to become successful professionals.”

Once the individual completes a doctorate, the successful applicant is given priority for employment in a tenure-track position at the sponsoring institution or another TSUS institution in an appropriate discipline and department, based upon needs of the department and institution at that time.

This scholarship also provides the opportunity for these individuals to mentor and assist in retaining college students from underrepresented populations.

“The most recent National Science Foundation report indicates that women only occupy 30 percent of the Ph.D.s granted in the physical sciences, and about 20 percent in the engineering fields,” said Thomas Myers, director of the Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization Program at Texas State. “Ms. Douglas is one of the outstanding students we believe will help change this demographic in the future. She will be one of the leaders in the near future who successfully helps increase faculty diversity and provides mentoring models for students, minority or otherwise, who struggle to overcome adversity and other barriers to become successful professionals.”

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5 thoughts on “Grad student wins ‘Grow Your Own Scholarship’

  1. [Comment removed temporarily. See below:

    Mr Rollins:

    There is a comment posted under the article about the Texas State student winning a scholarship that is both slanderous and libelous to Dr Tim Bonner and me. The subject has no connection to the article.

    Please remove it from the web site immediately.

    Thanks.

    Joe Tomasso
    Professor & Chair
    Department of Biology
    Texas State University]

  2. Ha ha, what!?! Thanks for the heads up. I can’t believe they want a doctor’s note to let you back in school. The only condition you appear to be suffering from, good sir, is an acute case of truthitis. You should go around to all the restaurants and bars in town with a PA and tell more people your story so reality can be exposed to the sunlight.

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