Terry Foundation Scholars from Texas Tech and University of Texas at El Paso served together Saturday Morning at Paul’s Project – Grace Campus.
The event’s service included educating the residents on financial literacy, conducting mock interviews, sorting through donations and building a fence to increase security for the residents.
Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope said the scholars are a great example for the college students at Tech.
“I think in all communities, we have neighbors that need help,” Pope said. “I appreciate the fact that in Lubbock, people realize that and stand up, and they do what is needed to serve.”
Pope recognized the scholars for acknowledging the needs that need to be met in El Paso and Lubbock.
He also thanked them for their dedication to helping Lubbock’s homeless population.
“You think of the teachings of Jesus Christ,” Pope said. “He made it very clear that you need to serve your neighbor, (and) love your neighbor as yourself.”
Marcus Gonzalez, a junior community, family and addiction sciences major from Little Elm, serves as the president of Tech Terry Scholars.
“As a Terry Scholar, we’ve been given so much,” Gonzales said. “I really think that it’s only right if we do our best to give back.”
The scholars have been blessed in a number of ways, he said, and giving back to the community means a lot to the organization.
This is the first year the scholars have had a regional project, rather than a statewide project, Gonzalez said. Usually, the scholars serve in Austin, Dallas or Houston, but it was a far drive for a few hours of service. Moreover, the volunteers recognized there are plenty of needs to be met right here in Lubbock.
Between UTEP and Tech, the two Terry Scholars organizations will alternate every other year between serving in Lubbock and in El Paso.
“We are dedicated to serving our West Texas region, hoping that our first year is successful,” Gonzalez said. “Today, we are just serving in any way that we can.”
Daniel Garcia, a sophomore mechanical engineering major at UTEP from El Paso, serves as the president for UTEP Terry Scholars organization.
“I think service is very important,” Garcia said. “Without you even knowing it, people are always giving you a hand. I think it’s always important to have service and give back to the community.”
The foundation has amazing core values, he said. A key component to enhancing the impact on the community is to grow the visibility among Tech and UTEP scholars.
“At the end of the day when you’re giving back, it’s not about one school or the other,” Garcia said. “It’s about people in general. It’s about humans, and so, I find it very important for all of us — regardless of what school — to come together and give a helping hand to the ones who need it.”
The UTEP organization members are glad to be in Lubbock with Tech, he said. They have been welcomed with open arms and hospitality.
“We look forward to this relationship,” Garcia said. “It’s only the beginning, and we’re excited for the Texas Tech (Terry Scholars) to come to El Paso.”
Heather Medley, scholarship coordinator of the Tech Terry Scholars, said part of being a Terry Scholar is giving back.
“It’s important for them to reach out and give a hand and help other people,” Medley said. “We all know when you help others, the blessing is really yours. A lot of these scholars have hope because of the foundation. So, when they can give that to other people, it kind of comes full circle.”
On Friday night, the students made blessing bags for the residents. Through the bags, the students were trying to provide service beyond that day, and make it last a little bit longer, she said.
“Any time you can get 60 kids out of bed on a cold Saturday morning, they have to be good kids,” Medley said.