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Local student honored at Howard Payne

May 08, 2019 - 00:00
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    Five HPU students were honored during HPU’s annual Sumners Scholars Banquet. Pictured from left are Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president; Eileen Resnick, Sumners Foundation program officer; Augusta Johnson, HPU Sumners Scholar; Charles Pierson, Sumners Foundat

BROWNWOOD – Graduating seniors from Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy were honored during the recent Sumners Scholars Banquet. The students, who were selected as Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholars during their junior year, were each awarded a plaque and a copy of the book “The Wisdom of Hatton W. Sumners and The Sumners Foundation Scholarships.”

Honored for completing four semesters as Sumners Scholars were Joel Justice of Brown-wood, Augusta Johnson of Gatesville, Emma Reed of Fort Worth, Jessica Catlett of Alleyton and Tyler Olin of Howe. The students also took the opportunity to express gratitude for the opportunities provided to them by the foundation.

The highly competitive and prestigious Sumners Scholar program offers students the opportunity to attend special lectures, seminars and conferences featuring world-renowned leaders from both public and private sectors. It also provides a generous scholarship of $7,500 per semester for two years. The trustees of the Sumners Foundation select students from an impressive pool of applicants following an in-depth application and interview process.

Named for its founder, former U.S. Rep. Hat-ton W. Sumners of Texas (Democrat, 1912-1947), who served as the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation is dedicated to the study, teaching and promotion of self-government.