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TWUBA Scholarship Contribution Form  (pdf)

Dear Friends,

This year, the Texas Woman's University Black Alumni was officially established. It is one goal of our organization to honor the legacy of the first African American women at TWU through establishing scholarships in their honor. I want to reach out and ask you to be a part of this historic effort.  By doing so you will be recognizing the achievements of these first students and supporting present and future Texas Woman's University students by investing in the future of this still underserved population.

September, 1961 marked the first step taken by a lone African American female, Alsenia Dowells, to matriculate at TWU. Fifty years later that first step has been followed by nearly 6,000 - mostly women- of African American heritage to enroll and finish from TWU. These women were usually the first generation of their families to enter college, thereby, embracing a line of improvement for themselves, their families, the greater community, and the world. History indicates that Texas Woman's University has indeed delivered with a proven record of providing a quality education and meeting the needs of students from this underserved community for these many years. Thus, we celebrate this legacy as TWU continues to lead with distinction in the fields of Nursing, Health Sciences, Education, Research and Technology.

Many things have changed at TWU during this span of fifty years; yet, it still remains a beautiful campus and a great place to get an education. Today's student is similar to those of the past; however, the times have changed. We must recognize this crucial fact as we work to make sure that students are able to meet the needs of this new age.

  • Today’s student is often a commuter who may be supporting a family and trying to complete degrees started earlier
  • Today’s student is often from a family with lower income
  • Today's student is still part of that first generation trying to get a college degree

Yet, all face the fact that it is harder than ever to have the financial means to get that higher education. There are economic challenges on the personal level as families are often unemployed or under-employed due to the economy. The sources for scholarship funding are nearing exhaustion, and national and state scholarships have been severely cutback. This underserved community faces a situation where it often seems impossible to attain that higher education as a means of continuing to reach its highest potential.

In other words we are needed, and are called to be there for our young people as others were there for us. As a TWU graduate you have the opportunity to give back and share your resources. If you are a TWU Supporter or Friend you have the opportunity to invest in the future. The Texas Woman's University Black Alumni is asking you to donate generously to this drive and to support this legacy. I hope that you will consider this appeal and give a generous gift of $15, $25, or $50. Should you be able to give a larger amount of $100, $200, $300 or more, it is needed and would certainly be deeply appreciated. We sincerely thank you for whatever amount you are able to give. Your contributions will be put to good use!

As a TWU graduate, you have the opportunity to give back and share your resources. If you are a TWU Supporter or Friend you have the opportunity to invest in the future. The Texas Woman's University Black Alumni is asking you to donate generously to this drive and to support this legacy. I hope that you will consider this appeal and give a generous gift of . Should you be able to give a larger amount of or more, it is needed and would certainly be deeply appreciated. We sincerely thank you for whatever amount you are able to give. Your contributions will be put to good use!

Dianne Randolph, TWUBA President 

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