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December 2012

King Foundation Helps Students


Nellie Tovar studies with another Academic Bridge student in the computer lab.

The Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation supports students like sophomore Nellie Tovar so that college becomes a reality for Dallas-area young people. The Foundation’s recent gift of $20,000 to the UT Dallas Academic Bridge Program will help first-generation college students who graduate with high rankings from Dallas-area urban high schools.

Established in 2000 by School of Interdisciplinary Studies Dean Dr. George Fair, Academic Bridge provides advising, mentoring and tutoring to approximately 160 students each year. Most are from the Dallas Independent School District and are typically the first in their families to attend college, Fair said. About 70 percent graduate with a bachelor’s degree, a rate that is higher than the University, state and national averages.

"I am the first person in my family to go to college, and I am so honored to be a part of Academic Bridge," Tovar said. "Dr. Fair told me I deserved a chance to have an education, and I want the King Foundation to know how much I appreciate them for their support."

Carl B. and Florence E. King began the foundation that bears their names in 1966. The Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the University.

"The King Foundation's gift helps make it possible for bright, hard-working students to fulfill their dreams and make a path for others in their families and communities to pursue their goals of a higher education," Fair said.

For information on supporting Academic Bridge, please contact Mary Brouillette at 972-883-6503 or mary.brou@utdallas.edu.

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