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Scholarship opportunity for OLLU juniors and seniors

The C.B. and Anita Branch Trust has announced that it will award scholarships to qualified OLLU juniors and seniors for the 2018-2019 academic year to assist them in completing their education.

James Drought, who manages the Branch Trust, says that the intent of the scholarships matches the lives led by Charles and Anita Branch: hard-working, self-made and independent.

“It is our hope that these scholarships recognize students who have demonstrated that their determination to complete a degree at Our Lady of the Lake University has really influenced their development as students and as future leaders. Further, this assistance is focused on those students who have financial needs in order to finish their studies and realize their dreams of a college education,” says Drought.

To qualify for the C.B. and Anita Branch Trust Scholarship students must:

  • Be rising juniors or seniors in fall 2018
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Write a cover letter describing why they are interested in the Branch Trust Scholarship.
  • Complete a one-page essay that explains their journey and growth as an OLLU student including any challenges overcome or breakthrough moments.
    • NOTE: include full name, OLLU student ID number, university email address and telephone number.

Deadline to apply for the scholarship is Feb. 28, 2018, to the OLLU Financial Aid Office.

Applications will be reviewed by the end of March. Notification of eligibility will be sent to students in April.

For more information, contact Elena Ramirez, OLLU financial aid counselor, at 210-434-6711, ext. 7015 or

36 students receive the 2016-2017 President’s Volunteer Service Award

The OLLU Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism (CSLV) is pleased to announce that the President’s Volunteer Service Award has been awarded to 36 students who have completed at least 100 hours of community service within the 2016-2017 academic year.

The purpose of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a White House Initiative, is to motivate Americans to reach out to their community and dedicate their time to transforming society into a more stable environment.

The honor is awarded to those who have completed at least 100 hours of service within a year. The award is given at the bronze, silver and gold levels. The bronze medal is awarded to those who completed 100-174 hours, the silver medal is awarded to those who completed at least 175 hours and the gold medal is awarded to those who completed 250 hours or more. Click the image at right to see the full list of the 2016-2017 award recipients.

Student Business Office to begin issuing financial aid refunds on Jan. 31

The Student Business Office will begin processing financial aid refunds weekly after the 100 percent drop period for the spring 2018 semester. Excess funds will be disbursed within 14 days from when funds are credited to the student’s account (not when the funds were awarded). Students can view when their funds are posted to their account in E-commerce at any time.

All students are encouraged to set up a E-refund profile in E-Commerce to have their refund direct deposited. Students should allow at least 24 hours for the funds to be credited to their financial institution.

Students who do not enroll in E-refund will have their refund disbursed by check and mailed to the student’s preferred mailing address as indicated in university records.

Notification via email will be sent once funds have been disbursed.

For more information, contact the Student Business Office at 210-431-3929 or

Alpha Chi Honor Society holds fall 2017 induction

The Texas Nu chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Society held its fall induction in early November. The organization inducted students from the San Antonio, Houston and Rio Grande Valley campuses as well as online students.

During the ceremony, Cullen Grinnan, PhD, associate professor of Education, served as the keynote speaker. Elizabeth Dyer, PhD, assistant professor of music, and OLLU’s women’s quartet, the Sweet Adelines, provided live entertainment.

The Texas Nu Chapter of Alpha Chi was founded at OLLU in 1922. It was the 13th chapter to be established. Although the national society has invited graduate students to join since 2007, this was the first year that graduate students were invited to join at OLLU. Consequently, the chapter accepted 95 students – the largest group of initiates at OLLU.

For those students interested in joining the Alpha Chi Honor Society, the OLLU Texas Nu chapter automatically emails invitations to eligible candidates each fall. Students must be a junior, senior or graduate student and in the top 10 percent of their class to be invited to join.

The Texas Nu chapter would like to express its gratitude to the following groups that helped make this year successful:

  • Student Leadership and Development
  • Student Government Association
  • Events Services
  • Accounts Payable
  • Houston campus staff
  • Rio Grande Valley staff
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Alpha Chi national office staff

For more information about Alpha Chi, contact faculty sponsor Kristina Terkun-Castro, PhD, assistant professor of economics, at 210-431-5595 or

Honors Program senior capstone presentations this week

The OLLU community is invited to attend the Honors Program senior capstone presentations Tuesday from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Providence Hall, Blue Room. The following presentations will be given:

  • Joshua Gutierrez – “An In-depth Look Into Those Living with a Chronic Illness and Their Views on Voting”
  • Perla Marroquin – “ADHD Misdiagnosis in Children with Trauma Histories and Dual Diagnosis”
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