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Rewarding Hard Work: Four nursing students receive prestigious university scholarships

Posted: May 13, 2015

(left to right): School of Nurisng undergraduates
Jon Medina, Heather Ward, Meghan Lowenfield, and Liana Lo Chau

Four UT Austin School of Nursing undergraduates have been selected for the Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship (UEPS) program. They are Liana Lo Chau, Meghan Lowenfield, Jon Medina and Heather Ward. Each student will receive $2,500 for the upcoming 2015-16 academic year.

“To me, this award signifies all I have accomplished in my undergraduate career so far and how I have made my university and college proud,” Liana Lo Chau said. “UT Austin has opened so many opportunities for growth, and receiving this award only motivates me to set an even higher standard for myself.”

The UEPS program was created in 1973 to make available substantial scholarships for outstanding students at The University of Texas at Austin. The program is considered one of the most notable scholarship offers for UT students.

“Receiving the Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship from the Office of the President really solidifies my connection to the university,” Jon Medina said. “It also fills me with gratitude to see UT Austin and the School of Nursing recognize and include undergraduates with non-traditional paths, like me.”

UEPS awards are unrestricted and therefore open to students of any major. Students must be nominated by their academic department in order to be considered for this award. A presidentially appointed scholarship committee makes selection and recipients are selected in the spring of each year for the upcoming year's class.

“I have worked very hard over the years and so to receive this recognition from the university has been terrific,” Heather Ward said. “This award validates all of my hard work as well as the hard work of all my professors and mentors who have pushed me along the way."

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