(AUSTIN) - The Texas State University System Foundation has raised $275,000 to fund scholarships for students at all eight of the System's component institutions. The money will be used to establish a permanent scholarship fund named in honor of former Texas State Representative Edmund Kuempel of Seguin, who passed away in 2010.
Initial funding for The Edmund Kuempel Scholarship came from private donors who attended a dinner last week in Austin. During the evening's events, Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus each paid tribute to Kuempel.
The dinner also featured a videotaped tribute by former President George W. Bush, who called Kuempel "a bright light in the Texas Capitol...a serious lawmaker with a huge heart for everyone he met."
The Texas State University System Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation that exists for the benefit of The Texas State University System. The Foundation assists the System with gaining private financial support and helps the component institutions pursue education-related activities and outreach.
The Texas State University System is Texas' first university system, comprising eight institutions stretching from west Texas to the Louisiana border.