President Gretchen M. Bataille announced the creation of an endowed scholarship fund — the Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw Scholarship Fund — in her inaugural address during an installation ceremony April 13.
The $100,000 scholarship fund, which will benefit graduates of the Happy Hill Farm Academy who will attend UNT, was made possible by the generosity of academy supporters. It is one of two scholarship endownments that Bataille announced when she was ceremonially installed as UNT's 14th president.
"This fund will help lay the foundation for students who wish to pursue an education at UNT, giving them the tools they need to help create our future," Bataille says. "We are so pleased to have this opportunity to offer this need-based scholarship."
President Bataille receiving the $100,000 check from Ed Shipman, founder of Happy Hill Farm Academy.
Happy Hill Farm, located just south of Granbury, serves as a licensed residential treatment facility and private academy for at-risk students, many of whom have come from broken homes or have been victims of abuse and neglect. The scholarship fund, named in honor of Phil McGraw and his wife Robin, is part of an initiative undertaken by Bataille to create more need-based undergraduate scholarships. Dr. Phil, a proud alumnus, is a dedicated supporter of Happy Hill Farm.
Graduates of Happy Hill Farm Academy will be eligible for this scholarship, beginning in Fall 2008. Additional contributions will be solicited to provide more scholarship support for Happy Hill Farm Academy students.
Phil McGraw earned a master's degree in experimental psychology from UNT in 1976 and a doctorate in clinical psychology from UNT in 1979. He received UNT's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006.
"I am grateful for Phil McGraw's support of the at-risk kids at Happy Hill Farm and his willingness to help us provide further education for our academy graduates," says Ed Shimpan, founder of Happy Hill Farm. "The scholarship and the partnership with UNT are wonderful opportunities to encourage our students to pursue good grades and a college education."
Happy Hill Farm Scholarship Fund sponsors include: Ben E. Keith Foods; Karen and Randy Baker; Harold Byrd; Chase Bank, Fort Worth; The DeMoss Company; Gail Nogle Photography; Carolyn and Joe Hardgrove; Harry Bass Foundation; Jacky and Bob Kulick; Kelli and Jason Lamers; Gary C. Martin; Paula and Jim Prewitt; and Town North Bank.
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