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Farah Hamed, a senior finance major, was able to attend Carlos Alvarez College of Business at UTSA with support from the HEB Endowed Scholarship. The award gave her time to take on several roles in UTSA student organizations that enriched her educational experience. She is both president of the Business Student Council and judge of the UTSA Student Government Association. Hamed said that with her graduation imminent, she plans to attend graduate school and receive her doctorate. keep growing and learning for as long as she can.

“Thank you for giving me a chance and allowing me to complete my education,” Hamed said.


Martin Ayala‘s experience has been second to none as a recipient of the Margie and Bill Klesse Scholarship in Chemical Engineering. Without worrying about financial barriers and the struggle to keep a job, Ayala has had time to become heavily involved in research and other engineering opportunities alongside Gary Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering. In the summer of 2021, Ayala had the opportunity to participate in the undergraduate research experience at the University of Chicago, where he realized he wanted to pursue the industrial side of chemical engineering. He plans to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam after graduation in hopes of becoming a licensed professional engineer designing chemical processes for the semiconductor or power industry.

“Thank you for believing in this program at UTSA and students like me,” Ayala said. “I am so grateful to be a Klesse scholar. It’s a wonderful feeling to have people like you two who believe in me. You pushed me to excel and earn even more than I thought possible through my education.


Rachel Okereke, recipient of the Peter T. Flawn Presidential Scholarship, is a civil engineering student at UTSA’s Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design. With her mother having single-handedly raised four daughters after immigrating to the United States from Nigeria, Okereke says her family has always been in dire financial need.

Thanks to her scholarship, she became the first in her family to attend university. This generous support allowed Okereke to pursue his goals in real estate and inspired his decision to pursue his master’s degree while working for an engineering firm.

“It means a lot to students like me that you think our efforts are worth supporting,” Okereke said. “Your support will go a long way in helping me achieve my goals.”