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ETBU senior Catina Hayes receives UPS Scholarship

September 6, 2018

East Texas Baptist University senior and Marketing major Catina Hayes has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship provided by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) Foundation and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). Originally from Alexandria, Louisiana, Hayes attends Bethesda Baptist Church in Marshall and serves with the ETBU Kids Club.

“Receiving the UPS Scholarship encourages me to continue working hard in the classroom and giving back to the community,” Hayes shared. “ETBU has prepared me to pursue my goals by providing with Christ-centered professors, who have taught me academically and spiritually. Once I graduate, I plan to enroll in a Master’s program at ETBU in pursuit of a career in Sports Marketing.”

Each year since 1985, ICUT Foundation Members have received grants from the CIC State Funds Endowment to provide UPS Scholarships to every private college and university in the State Fund network. The scholarships are given in the name of UPS and the UPS Foundation, whose financial support was the basis for the endowment. Each scholarship is awarded to a need-based student whose background reflects one or more of the components in the target population of top priority to the UPS Foundation and to CIC’s First Opportunity Partners program.

“ETBU is grateful to be a member institution benefiting from the educational support of PACCAR, UPS, ICUT, and CIC,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn said. “Through our shared mission to provide every type of student with an affordable avenue to earn a quality education, students across Texas are being equipped and empowered to pursue their aspirations.”

Through the partnership between CIC teams and the UPS Foundation, the ICUT Foundation awarded $120,000 in UPS Scholarships to 40 low-income students at private institutions across Texas. The ICUT Foundation collaborates with institutional members, businesses, and relevant stakeholders to raise funds to develop and implement innovative programs and administer privately funded scholarship opportunities for students attending Texas independent colleges and universities, especially underserved student populations.

“Our aim and commitment is to send students into the workforce, ready to shape their communities and encourage future generations,” ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders commented. “Partnerships like this are key to providing needed scholarly support to students and improving the economic development of our region through educated, equipped, and engaged graduates.”

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of nonprofit independent colleges and universities that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC also provides support to state associations that organize programs and generate contributions for their member colleges and universities, including the ICUT Foundation. For more information, visit