Austin College has hosted Women Get Connected events in several cities over the past few years, recognizing the prominent roles of women in the life of the College, from the initial land gift made by Emily Austin, sister of Stephen F. Austin, to the accomplishments of hundreds of alumnae to the inauguration of Marjorie Hass as its first woman president in 2009.
The events are designed to engage women in the academic and cultural life of Austin College, to inspire women to create social change in their communities, and to support scholarships for the next generations of Austin College women.
The Texoma Women Get Connected events have included alumni, staff, faculty, students, and friends who have given to the Texoma Women Get Connected Academic Honors Scholarship at Austin College, awarded to a female student from the Texoma community in 2011. The group’s leadership already has set goals to support January Term study, Austin College Teacher Program participants, and Global Outreach service projects.
At the October 2011 Texoma Women Get Connected event, group leaders addressed another area of scholarship support that also honors a beloved member of the Texoma community, announcing the creation of an endowed Sara Bernice Moseley Scholarship for Presbyterian Students. The Sara Bernice Moseley Scholarship program was established in 1996, and many of these scholarships have been created and named for a donor or honoree. This is the first individual scholarship that bears only the name of Sara Bernice Moseley as the honoree. For the women of Texoma, the former first lady of the College and longtime supporter was the obvious choice for the group’s first named scholarship.
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