HBU student, Marisol Balderas of Rosenberg, Texas, was recently awarded a scholarship by The Sumners Foundation of Irving, Texas. She is one of 43 students nationally to receive a Sumners scholarship in 2022. Scholarships are awarded by the Foundation based on academic excellence, civic engagement and a capacity for leadership.
“The Sumners Scholarship is a very prestigious scholarship,” said Chairman Jerry Reis. “Sumners Scholars have made significant contributions to their communities, state and country. Following in the footsteps of Congressman Hatton W. Sumners, we are pleased to support students working to improve the political system, address issues through public policy, educate others about civic responsibility and be active, productive members of society.”
The Foundation’s purpose is to encourage the study, teaching and research into the science and art of self-government to the end that the American people may understand the fundamental principles of democracy and be guided thereby in shaping governmental policies.
Sumners Scholar alumni include such notables as U.S. District Judge Fred Biery, Senior Deputy Attorney General of Oklahoma Dara Derryberry, Chairman of Matador Resources Joe Foran, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Nathan Hecht, President of the University of Texas at Arlington Jennifer Cowley, and past Chancellor of the New Mexico Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Charles L. Moore.