Today, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley held a check presentation recognizing Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa’s contribution to higher education. Senator Hinojosa showed his support for UTRGV and his strong commitment to higher education through a $50,000 check towards his existing endowed scholarship – “The Cotton Fields of Penitas.” These funds were raised in lieu of holding a “Governor for a Day” ceremony.
“There is no greater investment than education,” Senator Hinojosa said. “Giving to universities and directly to students through this endowment to make college affordable is key. Education is the greatest equalizer. I am honored to give to our UTRGV students and play a role in helping them attain a college education.”
Senator Hinojosa was elected the Senate’s President Pro Tempore this past 84th Legislative Session, serving as the Presiding Officer of the Senate in case of the Lieutenant Governor’s absence. The position, chosen by senators on a rotating basis, is highlighted with a ceremonial “Governor for a Day” event.
Instead of having a large ceremonial day of events and the pomp and circumstance that often accompanies this, Senator Hinojosa chose to focus on raising funds for endowed scholarships for the universities across his Senate District 20. His efforts resulted in $50,000 for UTRGV.
Senator Hinojosa has already made check presentations in the last few months to other higher education institutions across his district.
Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa proudly represents the counties of Nueces, Jim Wells, Brooks, and Hidalgo (part). Senator Hinojosa currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and serves on the Senate Committees on Natural Resources & Economic Development, Criminal Justice, Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs as well as the Sunset Advisory Commission.