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Student Bragging Rights: Awarded Scholars, Campus Leader, Handball Champ, and More

By Forrest Milburn

Hand showing the hook 'em horns sign

In this installment of Bragging Rights, we recognize awarded scholars, an exemplary campus leader, passionate graphic designer, and a dedicated handball champion.

Awarded Scholars Bettering the World

Cheyenne Valdez and Azja Stanton

Azja Stanton, BBA '19, and Cheyenne Valdez, BBA '20, earned IE Kuhn Awards for the fall 2017 semester. Stanton and Valdez were among 20 students from The University of Texas at Austin to receive $1,000 stipends from the university's Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate Internship Program. The awards support academic pursuits and internships for first-generation, as well as economically disadvantaged, college students pursuing graduate degrees. Stanton is helping run free legal clinics for people seeking to expunge or seal their criminal records, while Valdez is studying the impact of gentrification on longtime East Austin residents. The awards will help pay for Stanton's LSAT prep class and Valdez's research project.

Exemplary Campus Leader

Arjun Srivastava and Madison Huerta

Madison Huerta, BBA '18, was one of two UT students to receive the Sharon H. Justice Leadership Scholarship for their dedication to campus. The $2,000 scholarship honors students who display "exemplary campus leadership." Huerta is a university-wide representative and speaker for the Student Government Assembly, president of sorority Alpha Delta Pi, and First-Year Interest Group mentor.

Passionate Graphic Designer

Garza's design: text reaidng "happy holidays" with a longhorn

Nicolas Garza, BBA '19, created a design that recently won the Division of Student Affairs Holiday Card Contest. Garza creates T-shirts and graphics for the Filipino Students Association and Asian American Campus Ministry at UT. His winning design was featured in print and electronic holiday cards.

Dedicated Handball Champion

Nate Frank wearing medal

Nate Frank, MSM '18, won first in both the Men's B Singles and Men's B Doubles at the U.S. Handball Association's Three Wall National Handball Championships. Frank told the Texas Master of Science Programs blog he picked up the game from his father, who won both his divisions at the handball tournament for men’s 45+ doubles and the mens 55+ doubles. Frank also won the 15-and-under division in 2010 and the 17 and under division in 2012.

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