WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - One Midwestern State University graduate student will not have to worry about rent for one year.
Erica Bourland was worried she would have to put her higher education on hold after her roommate informed her she would be moving out later this year.
Bourland graduated from MSU magna cum laude in May 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in English and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in English.
She applied for the 2018-2019 Arbor Creek Apartment Scholarship from Maven Management.
To apply for the scholarship, Bourland and other students who applied had to write an essay.
In hers, Bourland wrote she is a first-generation college graduate, and she is grateful for the support she has already received that has carried her this far.
Bourland received a call telling her she was awarded the scholarship shortly before the semester began but she would not let herself believe it was real until she signed the lease.
The Arbor Creek Apartment Scholarship originated in 2009 when personnel read in the Times Record News that MSU's then-graduate dean Dr. Patti Hamilton was trying to double MSU's graduate student enrollment, according to Maven Management officials.
The scholarship has helped 10 students since its inception. It provides rent for one year in a one-bedroom apartment and is valued at $7,500.
Maven Management officials say they recognize the importance of MSU to the economic, cultural and intellectual health of this area and are excited to continue this tradition.
We would like to congratulate Bourland and wish her well as she continues her education.