CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – This holiday season, a group of College of Business students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi say they have a lot to be grateful for. Currently, 35 students are recipients of the four-year renewable Jessie Frances Neal Foundation Scholarship. Applicants are selected based on their academic performance and potential.
Current recipients were able to thank Neal in person at a luncheon hosted by College of Business in late October.
Tate Holloway, an accounting major, expressed his gratitude for Neal’s gift. Holloway’s professional goal is to become a CPA.
“The Jessie Frances Neal Foundation Scholarship means so much more to me than money; it shows me that someone, besides my family and friends, believes that I am capable of doing what I want to,” said Holloway. “This scholarship cuts down the amount of loans I would have to take out by about two-thirds, which is incredible. Because of this scholarship, I am even more determined to accomplish my goals because I do not want to let down a person as generous and caring as Mrs. Neal.”
Baeli Spinn, a marketing major, says the scholarship has made a huge impact on her academic goals.
“The Jessie Frances Neal Foundation Scholarship has made me feel empowered to take steps in the right direction,” said Spinn. “I want to make a good impression. To Mrs. Neal, I know you want the best for every student. Thank you for your generous donation to this College and for helping me achieve my dreams.”
Barry Tealer, a management major, echoes those sentiments.
“The Jessie Frances Neal Foundation Scholarship means so much to me; yet it is very hard to put into words,” said Tealer. “It’s humbling to see such an amazing person bless my academic career. Mrs. Neal has blessed my college experience and I hope she understands that I will not take it for granted.”