Scholarship Recipients Announced


UGRA Announces Recipients of Water Professionals Scholarship

Read below for the Schreiner University press release.

Kerrville, TX – The Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA) created the UGRA Water Professionals Scholarship to assist Schreiner University students in their pursuit of higher education and a potential career in Texas water resources management, conservation or stewardship. The scholarship amount is up to $10,000 and will be awarded for the 2023-2024 school year.

The UGRA Board selected two Schreiner University students to receive the scholarship this Fall. China Hale and Rachel Rhoden, both from Kerrville, have been chosen to receive a $5,000 scholarship this Fall. China is graduating in December, but if Rachel continues to meet the program guidelines, she will be awarded an additional $5,000 for Spring 2024. In addition, both students will gain hands-on experience through an internship with UGRA.

“We are delighted UGRA has started the UGRA Water Professionals Scholarship and the positive impact the scholarship will have for these deserving Schreiner students,” said Toby Appleton, Marketing and Communications Manager for Schreiner University. “For these students to pursue their careers in water resource management and building upon a passion to preserve the health of the Guadalupe River is beneficial to these students, the UGRA and our community.”

To be eligible for the Water Professionals Scholarship, students must have graduated from a high school in Kerr County or an adjacent county and/or have resided in Kerr County during the last six years. Preference is given to students who graduated from a Kerr County high school. Students must be a Junior or Senior during the award year and be pursuing a degree with an emphasis on water resources management.

“The UGRA Board is excited to support these two students,” said Maggie Snow, UGRA Treasurer and Outreach and Education Committee Chair. “They both expressed enthusiasm to learn more about managing water resources and have an appreciation for the Guadalupe River.” Scholarship recipients were selected based on academic achievement, leadership, community activities, personal essays, letters of recommendation and potential to succeed in a water resources related career in Texas.

For more information on the UGRA Water Professionals Scholarship visit, or contact Shelby Taber at (830) 896-5445 or