Plainview native named UPS scholar

PLAINVIEW – Kassie Hughes of Plainview, a junior at Wayland Baptist University, has been named a UPS Scholar at the university for 2008. Hughes received the United Parcel Service scholarship recently as part of the UPS fund’s $60,000-plus in grants dispersed to the 22 schools participating in the Texas Independent College Fund.

Hughes is a chemistry major planning to attend pharmacy school at Texas Tech after graduating from Wayland. She is the daughter of Randy and Sandi Hughes of Plainview and is the pre-pharmacy chair for the newly formed Pioneer Health Service Corps student organization. 

Given her career plans and the continued education ahead of her, Hughes said the scholarship was much appreciated.

“This helped me with my tuition at Wayland and took a lot of the stress of school off,” she said. “It was an amazing help to me and a blessing.”

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.”