Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville Students, Scholarship Providers Meet at Event

KINGSVILLE - November 25, 2013

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Featured in the attached photo (L-R): Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez (Ret.), Maria Elena Sanchez, Karen Tallant and George Henkel

Texas A&M University-Kingsville celebrated its student scholarship winners and the people that provided those scholarships with the Javelina Scholarship Dinner.

Some 200 students on scholarship got to meet each other and share their experiences. What's more, they got to meet and spend time with the donors of those scholarships during a formal dinner in the Grand Ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building.

Leonard A. Bedell, President and CEO of Mobil Steel International, Inc., was the featured speaker for the night.

Bedell earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from then-Texas A&I University in 1968. He previously worked with the Houston office of Arthur Andersen, LLP and actively maintains his Texas Certified Public Accountant certification. Currently, he serves as Treasurer of the Associated Builders and Contractors Houston Chapter, is an executive board member of the chapter, and is an elected trustee to the ABC Houston Political Action Committee.

His involvement with Texas A&M-Kingsville includes serving on the university's College of Business Administration Advisory Board, serving as Treasurer of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Board, and was previously a director on the Texas A&I Alumni Board, including serving as National President from 1988-1989.

Student speakers followed, providing insight into how scholarships have benefited them in their pursuit of higher education at A&M-Kingsville. Those speakers included:

  • Benjamin Guerrero, an Honors College freshman from Corpus Christi studying mechanical engineering. He is the recipient of the McCormick Leadership Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship.
  • Sara Rose Vera, an Honors College junior from Corpus Christi studying civil engineering. Vera is the recipient of the IBEW #278-Scott Electric Scholarship.
  • John Quinten Womack, an Honors College senior from Mission studying accounting. Womack is the recipient of the Bill and Judy Colston Honors Scholarship and the Javelina Alumni Association Scholarship.

In addition:

  • Denise Etheridge, an Honors College junior from Corpus Christi studying chemical engineering and the recipient of the Exxon/Mobil Scholarship, introduced the prayer.
  • Derek Tesch, a graduate student from Blanco studying educational administration, delivered the invocation. Tesch also is a tight end and special teams Javelina football player and team captain, a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a recipient of the Fred and Virginia McIntire Memorial Scholarship. He earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2012.
  • Trevor Gonzalez, an Honors College sophomore from Corpus Christi studying biomedical sciences and the recipient of the J. Talmer Peacock Scholarship and the University Scholarship Endowment, introduced the three main student speakers.

Texas A&M-Kingsville President Steven H. Tallant presented a message at the event. Musical entertainment was provided by the Velledo Winds. Justin A. Munoz, Interim Director of Alumni Affairs, served as Master of Ceremonies.

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