For Katherine Jin MFA’12, graduate education may have been vastly different had she not received the generous Robert Plant Armstrong Scholarship. Jin, an international student focused on reexamining the role of photographic and video images in art, arrived at UT Dallas via Beijing and Canada. During her three years taking night classes, Jin endured five-hour round trips on public transportation from her home in Fort Worth to the University. Despite her commute, she is extremely appreciative of the support that allowed her to pursue her education. “It was an honor to receive the scholarship,” she said. “As an international student, the funds helped reduce my tuition to more of an in-state rate.”

The scholarship was endowed through a bequest from Dr. Robert Plant Armstrong, who served as a faculty member in the School of Arts and Humanities from 1974 until his death in 1984. Since that time, hundreds of students have benefited from his forethought and generosity.