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Island University Recognizes Sen. Hinojosa’s Contribution to Higher Education

October 22, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The fruits of State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa’s effort and his long-standing support of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi were recognized with a check presentation Oct. 19, at the University Center.

Sen. Hinojosa believes so strongly in making higher education accessible, he spent his “Governor for a Day” ceremony in May raising funds for institutions in his district.

“There is no greater investment than education,” Hinojosa said. “Giving to universities and directly to students through this endowment to make college affordable is key.”

Sen. Hinojosa, D-McAllen, was elected the Senate’s President Pro Tempore this past legislative session, establishing him third in line after the governor and lieutenant governor. The position, chosen by senators on a rotating basis, is marked with a ceremonial “Governor for a Day” event.

Instead of the pomp and circumstance that often comes with this, Hinojosa focused on raising scholarship funds for universities across his district. His efforts resulted in $50,000 for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

“We are honored to be represented in the legislature by Sen. Hinojosa,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of A&M-Corpus Christi. “His commitment to education has helped the Island University expand in programs and enrollment, and remain an affordable, accessible dream for our students, many whom are the first in their families to attend college.”

The funds will go to student scholarships through The Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa Endowed Scholarship, which was established in 2013.