Giving to Bobcats
The Bobcats to Bobcats (B2B) Scholarship program started in May 2020 as an emergency response to COVID-19. As of July 28, 2021, a total of 626 Texas State students were able to stay in school thanks to this scholarship.
“During this extraordinary year, many students were facing financial hardships due to the pandemic and at risk of not continuing. With the assistance of this scholarship opportunity, returning and incoming students were able to continue with their education during the 2020-2021 academic year,” says Stephanie Lopez, assistant director, Financial Aid and Scholarships.
“Thankfully, additional donations have been raised to award more students who might otherwise not enroll for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year due to continual financial challenges and recovery from the pandemic. We are excited and grateful to extend this opportunity to students once again.”
B2B scholarships are immediate-use scholarships to assist students. These funds are intended to help students who are experiencing pandemic-related challenges continue with their education. Scholarships of at least $1,000 per student were awarded to those who met the eligibility requirements, were enrolled in a degree-seeking program or post-baccalaureate teacher certificate program for the 2021-2022 academic year and demonstrated need for the funds due to a financial hardship caused by the pandemic.
Business 4 Bobcats
Business 4 Bobcats is also an immediate-use scholarship program. It was established in March 2021 to assist students enrolling for the fall semester. “The whole idea was to provide help for our students in a way that would have value to our corporate partners. What they really appreciate is the quality of our students and the diversity of our students,” says Ron Epperson, executive director of Strategic Industry Partnerships. “Being able to have access to great students by providing scholarships — it gives them recognition among our student population, which makes our students more likely to consider them as employers. That’s really how this works.”
While many alumni donated to Bobcats to Bobcats, companies gave too. Epperson says feedback indicated that businesses wanted to help. “We appreciate our corporate partners stepping up to help our students in this time of need,” he says. Businesses had three giving opportunities — $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000 sponsorships. Some businesses chose to remain anonymous. Those that made B4B a reality include NEC America, Marsh Inc., University Credit Unions, and Advanced Micro Devices.
“The pandemic really hit our student body particularly hard because many of them, and their parents, have limited ability to help financially. They depend on jobs, and when jobs went away it created a real need for filling that gap,” Epperson says. ✪
Many things have changed over the last few months, but one constant remains: Bobcats help Bobcats. If you’d like to discuss a gift to support our students, contact Dr. Dan Perry, associate vice president, University Advancement, at (512) 245-4055, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.