New Mexico native named UPS Scholar at Wayland

PLAINVIEW--Audrey Hemminger, a junior at Wayland Baptist University, has been named a UPS Scholar at the university for 2007. A native of Melrose, N.M., Hemminger received the United Parcel Service scholarship recently as part of the UPS fund’s $68,759 in grants dispersed to the 22 schools participating in the Texas Independent College Fund. 

UPS Scholars are selected by their universities based on academic achievement and financial need. The scholarships and grants are funded by the UPS Educational Endowment Fund. Since its inception, the UPS Educational Endowment Fund has generated more than $37 million in scholarship support.

“The UPS Foundation has been honored to support education through partnerships with such organizations as Foundation for Independent Higher Education and the Texas Independent College Fund,” said UPS Foundation president Evern Cooper. “The availability of quality, affordable higher education is critical to establishing a talented, more diverse workforce.”

Hemminger is a biology major at Wayland and is a middle blocker on the Pioneer Volleyball team. She plans to pursue graduate education in physical therapy and become a therapist, possibly owning her own clinic in the future.

“The scholarship will enable me to stay at Wayland and get the kind of education that I want to have in order to prepare myself for the future,” said Hemminger. “This is the place I want to be, so I’m glad to be able to stay.”    

Hemminger is the daughter of Cyndy and Darral Hemminger of Melrose.